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Dr. Yumirle Padron Turmelle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology, General Pediatrics
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Yumirle Turmelle's areas of specialization are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and pediatric hepatology (liver disease); she sees patients in Saint Louis, MO. In addition to English, Dr. Turmelle speaks Spanish. She has a special interest in liver transplant. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Turmelle is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her residency training at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. She accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant, Pancreas Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Phillip Irwin Tarr, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Phillip Tarr is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His education and training includes medical school at Yale School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Tarr's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Infections

Dr. Robert J Rothbaum, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Robert Rothbaum is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He works in Saint Louis, MO and Town and Country, MO. Dr. Rothbaum is affiliated with Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians. He attended the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and then went on to complete his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is in-network for several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Cystic Fibrosis, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. David A Rudnick, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. David Rudnick is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. His professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. Rudnick performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Gastrointestinal Problems, Liver Disease

Dr. Alexander Weymann, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Adult Hepatology, General Pediatrics
1 Children's Place; 2nd Floor Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Alexander Weymann's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and adult hepatology. Dr. Weymann's clinical interests encompass liver transplant. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. He attended medical school at Witten/Herdecke University. Dr. Weymann trained at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York for his residency. He is conversant in German. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Liver Transplant, Biliary Disorders, Gastrointestinal Problems, Viral Hepatitis

Dr. Lori Rachel Holtz, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Lori Holtz is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She attended Ohio State University College of Medicine for medical school and subsequently trained at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt for residency. In her practice, Dr. Holtz focuses on gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). Dr. Holtz honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. Her hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Janis Marie Stoll, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Adult Transplant Hepatology, Pediatric Hepatology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Janis Stoll's specialties are pediatric transplant medicine, pediatric gastroenterology, and adult transplant hepatology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Stoll include liver transplant. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Before completing her residency at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Dr. Stoll attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. She is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Liver Transplant, Liver Disease

Dr. Christina Kim Ahn Hickey, MA, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place; 3s34
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Christina Hickey is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Hickey attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. Her clinical interests include inflammatory bowel disease. She takes several insurance carriers, including Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry. She is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dr. Brian Jesse Debosch, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
1 Childrens Place; Suite C
Saint Louis, MO
 

Dr. Brian Debosch practices pediatric gastroenterology in Saint Louis, MO. Before completing his residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Debosch attended medical school at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine. He accepts Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Debosch's hospital/clinic affiliations include St. Louis Children's Hospital and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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What is Pediatric Gastroenterology?

The digestive system is how our bodies convert food into energy. It is made up of the liver, pancreas, gallbladder, esophagus, stomach, and intestines. Physicians who treat problems in a child’s digestive system, especially diseases of the liver, are called pediatric gastroenterologists.

Children are not just smaller versions of adult patients. Their digestive systems are different, and they may not be as able to describe their symptoms and concerns to a doctor. More importantly, a disease that interferes with the ability to obtain adequate nutrition can be much more serious for children, with their growing bodies, than it is for adults.

Pediatric gastroenterologists use tools such as biopsy (taking a small sample of tissue to examine under a microscope), endoscopy (examining the inside of the digestive tract using a thin, flexible tube), or colonoscopy (examining the lower intestines using a thin, flexible tube). Some of the disorders they encounter include:
  • Bleeding in the digestive tract
  • Liver disease and transplants
  • Hepatitis, an infection of the liver
  • Irritable bowel disease
  • Severe heartburn, called GERD
  • Pancreatitis
  • Gallstones
  • Lactose intolerance and severe food allergies
  • Severe, chronic, or unexplained abdominal pain, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Nutritional disorders, including failure to thrive (FTT) and malnutrition
  • Feeding disorders, including refusal of food, gagging, and trouble swallowing

With such a wide variety of disorders, treatments are also varied. Some include nutrition management plans, medications, or feeding tubes.

Pediatric gastroenterologists play an important role in helping kids comfortably eat and digest food so they can grow up healthy.
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