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Dr. Steven J Lobritto, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway Bhn 726; Bhn 1003
New York, NY
 

Dr. Steven Lobritto's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He practices in New York, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Lobritto include bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. He is a graduate of New York Medical College. For his professional training, Dr. Lobritto completed residency programs at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Lobritto's average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He honors Aetna EPO, Anthem, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Lobritto include: New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors. He is accepting new patients.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Abdominal Organ Transplant, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver ... (Read more)

Dr. Jennifer M Vittorio, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology, Internal Medicine
3959 Broadway Chn; Room 7-726
New York, NY
 

Dr. Jennifer Vittorio's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). Her clinical interests include liver disease and transplant procedures. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Vittorio honors. She attended Georgetown University School of Medicine and subsequently trained at Georgetown University Hospital for residency. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient. Her professional affiliations include ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Dr. Vittorio is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Transplant Procedures, Gastrointestinal Problems, Hepatobiliary Disorders, Liver Disease

Dr. Joel Edward Lavine, PhD, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Transplant Hepatology
3959 Broadway Bhs 7-702 (central)
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joel Lavine's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). He practices in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. He honors several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. Before completing his residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Dr. Lavine attended medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine. Dr. Lavine has received distinctions including One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. His practice is open to new patients.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Hepatitis, Celiac Disease, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Liver Transplant, ... (Read more)

Dr. Kimberley Ann Chien, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Kimberley Chien's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. These areas are among her clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG). She is in-network for Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at NYU Langone Medical Center, Dr. Chien attended SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine for medical school. Dr. Chien has received professional recognition including the following: Invited Participant Cornerstones IBD Excel Program and Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Food Allergy, Upper ... (Read more)

Dr. Elaine B Barfield, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Elaine Barfield is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. She is a graduate of New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. For her residency, Dr. Barfield trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Clinical interests for Dr. Barfield include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Barfield takes Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, in addition to other insurance carriers. She has received professional recognition including the following: Invited Participant NASPGHAN Nutrition University (Chicago, IL); Invited Participant, 7th Annual Pediatric IBD Academic Workshop (Las Vegas, NV); and Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholar (Vancouver). She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Gastrostomy, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative ... (Read more)

Dr. Thomas M Ciecierega, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. In addition to English, Dr. Ciecierega speaks Polish. These areas are among his clinical interests: polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine. Dr. Ciecierega graduated from Poznan University of Medical Sciences. For his professional training, Dr. Ciecierega completed a residency program at Goryeb Children's Hospital. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Ciecierega accepts. He has received professional recognition including the following: Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology.

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Clinical interests: Esophageal Motility Disorders, Celiac Disease, Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy, Botox ... (Read more)

Dr. Neera Gupta, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Neera Gupta's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Gupta include growth problems, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Gupta studied medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta's medical residency was performed at Floating Hospital for Children. She has received the distinction of New York Super Doctors. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Growth Problems, Inflammatory Bowel ... (Read more)

Dr. Aliza B Solomon, DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Aliza Solomon is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Solomon honors. She graduated from New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Solomon include: Appointed Member, Board of Health, Englewood, NJ; Poster of Distinction, NASPGHAN Annual Meeting; and NIH Fellow. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Metabolism, Nutrition Issues, Esophagitis, Food Allergy, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robbyn E Sockolow, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her clinical interests include crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. She honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. Dr. Sockolow studied medicine at New York Medical College. Dr. Sockolow's training includes a residency program at Montefiore Medical Center. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors; The New York Times Magazine; and Castle Connolly, Top Pediatrician Award. She is affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Ulcerative Colitis, Capsule Endoscopy, Acid Reflux, ... (Read more)

Dr. Graciela F Wetzler, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
948 48th Street; Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Graciela Wetzler's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Wetzler takes. Dr. Wetzler studied medicine at the University of Buenos Aires Faculty of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Wetzler completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. Dr. Wetzler's professional affiliations include Maimonides Medical Center and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Dr. Vivian Tang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
948 48th Street; 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Vivian Tang's medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include the following: hepatitis, celiac disease, and abdominal pain. She honors Amerigroup, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and Empire BlueCross BlueShield, in addition to other insurance carriers. After completing medical school at Brown University, Alpert Medical School, Dr. Tang performed her residency at Tufts Medical Center. She is affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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Clinical interests: Hepatitis, Crohn's Disease, Celiac Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Constipation, Abdominal Pain, Acid ... (Read more)

Dr. Norelle Rizkalla Rizkalla Reilly, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
630 W 168th Street, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Celiac.; Ph- 17th Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Norelle Reilly practices pediatric gastroenterology in New York, NY. Dr. Reilly is an in-network provider for Medicaid Managed Care, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. She graduated from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) and then she performed her residency at Elmhurst Hospital Center and Montefiore Medical Center. She has received the following distinction: New York Rising Stars. She is professionally affiliated with NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.

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Dr. Amy R Defelice, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3959 Broadway Bhn 702
New York, NY
 

Dr. Amy Defelice, who practices in New York, NY, is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Defelice's areas of clinical interest consist of ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. She is in-network for Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She welcomes new patients. She graduated from the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and then she performed her residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. In addition to English, Dr. Defelice speaks Spanish.

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Clinical interests: Feeding Tube Insertion, Nutrition Issues, Hiatal Hernia, Feeding Tubes, Gastrointestinal Problems, ... (Read more)

Dr. Howard Jeremiah Levine, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 East 32nd Street; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Howard Levine specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. Dr. Levine takes Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Jacobi Medical Center. Dr. Levine is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center.

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Clinical interests: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Liver Disease, Celiac Disease, ... (Read more)

Dr. Abha Kaistha, MD
Specializes in Other, Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 East 32nd Street; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Abha Kaistha is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Her residency was performed at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center. Dr. Kaistha is in-network for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is professionally affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center.

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Dr. Joseph Levy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 E 32nd Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Joseph Levy is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist in New York, NY. He graduated from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and then he performed his residency at Beth Israel Medical Center. Areas of expertise for Dr. Levy include diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Dr. Levy has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. Dr. Levy has received professional recognition including the following: New York Super Doctors. He is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center.

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Clinical interests: Gastrostomy, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Crohn's Disease, Autism, ... (Read more)

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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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