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Dr Yumirle Padron Turmelle MD
Specializes in Pediatric Transplant Medicine, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Hepatology, General Pediatrics
Average rating 3.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
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 her practice, Dr. Turmelle focuses on liver transplant. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Turmelle takes. She obtained her medical school training at the University of Florida College of Medicine and performed her residency at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Turmelle speaks Spanish. Her professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant

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

Dr. Phillip Tarr's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His hospital/clinic affiliations include Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Before performing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of Washington, Dr. Tarr attended Yale School of Medicine. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more.

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Dr Robert J Rothbaum MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
1 Childrens Place
Saint Louis, MO

Dr. Robert Rothbaum is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. He obtained his medical school training at the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine and performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital. Dr. Rothbaum is an in-network provider for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. His professional affiliations include Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital, Missouri Baptist Medical Center, and Washington University Physicians.

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

Dr. David Rudnick is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Rudnick's professional affiliations include Washington University Physicians and St. Louis Children's Hospital. He honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and then he performed his residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital.

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

Dr. Lori Holtz is a Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of particular interest for Dr. Holtz include gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before completing her residency at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Dr. Holtz attended medical school at Ohio State University College of Medicine. She is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

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 is a Saint Louis, MO physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology, pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine), and adult hepatology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Weymann include liver transplant. Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Weymann accepts. He attended Witten/Herdecke University and then went on to complete his residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. In addition to English, Dr. Weymann speaks German. He is professionally affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant

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. She has a special interest in liver transplant. She is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. Dr. Stoll honors Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. She attended medical school at Eastern Virginia Medical School. For her residency, Dr. Stoll trained at the University of Chicago Medical Center.

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Clinical interests: Liver Transplant

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

Dr. Christina Hickey works as a pediatric gastroenterologist. She is especially interested in inflammatory bowel disease. Dr. Hickey is affiliated with Washington University Physicians, St. Louis Children's Hospital, and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. She is in-network for Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Coventry, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis, Dr. Hickey attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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

Dr. Brian Debosch is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. He attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Washington University Medical Center in St. Louis for residency. He takes Anthem, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Coventry, and more. Dr. Debosch's professional 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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