We found 8 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare Empire Plan near New York, NY.

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Dr Elaine Barfield MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 E 70th Street; Floor 3
New York, NY

Dr. Elaine Barfield specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in New York, NY. Her areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Barfield accepts. She graduated from New York University (NYU) School of Medicine and then she performed her residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College. Her distinctions include: 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 Colit ... (Read more)

Dr Kimberley Ann Chien MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
505 E 70th Street; Box 214
New York, NY

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

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

Dr Thomas M Ciecierega MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower; 3rd Floor
New York, NY

Dr. Thomas Ciecierega's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Ciecierega's areas of expertise include polypectomy (polyp removal), esophageal motility disorders, and celiac disease. He honors Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, POMCO, and more. He attended Poznan University of Medical Sciences for medical school and subsequently trained at Goryeb Children's Hospital for residency. He has received the following distinction: Graduated Magna Cum Laude Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology. Dr. Ciecierega speaks Polish. He is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

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

Dr. Neera Gupta is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Before performing her residency at Floating Hospital for Children, Dr. Gupta attended Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Gupta's clinical interests include growth problems, crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis. Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Gupta honors. Dr. Gupta has received the following distinction: New York Super Doctors. She is professionally 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 Israel N Kochin MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2 Fifth Avenue; Suite #6
New York, NY

Dr. Israel Kochin's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. He accepts United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare PPO, Aetna, and more. After completing medical school at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Dr. Kochin performed his residency at Maimonides Medical Center. Dr. Kochin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Russian. He is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. Dr. Kochin has an open panel.

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Dr Aliza B Solomon DO
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 2.5 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
505 E 70th Street
New York, NY

Dr. Aliza Solomon's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Solomon's areas of expertise include polyps, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. She attended New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and New York Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College for residency. 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, A ... (Read more)

Robbyn E Sockolow MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 5.0 stars out of 5 (1 rating)
525 E 68th Street
New York, NY

Dr. Robbyn Sockolow works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in New York, NY. Her areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, celiac disease, and ulcerative colitis. Dr. Sockolow is an in-network provider for several insurance carriers, including Coresource, United Healthcare Compass, and POMCO. She is a graduate of New York Medical College. She completed her residency training at Jacobi Medical Center and Montefiore Medical Center. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Sockolow include: New York Super Doctors; The New York Times Magazine; and Castle Connolly, Top Pediatrician Award. She is professionally affiliated with Weill Cornell Medicine.

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

Dr Babu S Bangaru MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
Average rating 2.86 stars out of 5 (11 ratings)
150 E 37th Street
New York, NY

Dr. Babu Bangaru practices pediatric gastroenterology in Elmhurst, NY and New York, NY. Patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 stars out of 5. Clinical interests for Dr. Bangaru include diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. Dr. Bangaru is in-network for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare Plans, as well as other insurance carriers. He graduated from Andhra Medical College and then he performed his residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. He is professionally affiliated with NYU Langone.

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Clinical interests: Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn's Disease, Gastrointestinal Bleeding, Ulcers, Co ... (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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