We found 12 pediatric gastroenterologists who accept United Healthcare HMO near New York, NY.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine) specialist in New York, NY. His areas of expertise include the following: bowel surgery, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lobritto is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Before performing his residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College, Dr. Lobritto attended New York Medical College for medical school. His average patient rating is 4.0 stars out of 5. He accepts several insurance carriers, including Aetna EPO, Anthem, and POMCO. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Lobritto has received include New York Super Doctors; Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society; and One of America's Top Doctors. Dr. Lobritto welcomes 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 specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric transplant hepatology (liver transplant medicine). She practices in New York, NY. Dr. Vittorio's areas of clinical interest consist of liver disease and transplant procedures. She is affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. She honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She is accepting new patients. After attending Georgetown University School of Medicine, she completed her residency training at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Vittorio has received distinctions including New York Rising Stars; AASLD Advanced/Transplant Hepatology Fellowship Award; and SPLIT Annual Meeting Travel Award Recipient.

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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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric transplant hepatologist in New York, NY. Areas of expertise for Dr. Lavine include pancreas problems, gastrointestinal (GI) endoscopy, and hepatitis. Dr. Lavine honors Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. His education and training includes medical school at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), School of Medicine and residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). Dr. Lavine's distinctions include: One of America's Top Doctors; Rated one of New York Magazine's Best Doctors; and New York Super Doctors. His hospital/clinic affiliations include 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. Israel N Kochin, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
2 Fifth Avenue; Suite #6
New York, NY
 

Dr. Israel Kochin is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Brooklyn, NY and New York, NY. Dr. Kochin (or staff) speaks the following foreign languages: Hebrew and Russian. Dr. Kochin is professionally affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital. He studied medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University. Dr. Kochin trained at Maimonides Medical Center for residency. He takes several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare HMO, United Healthcare PPO, and CIGNA HMO. He welcomes new patients.

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Dr. Babu S Bangaru, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
150 E 37th Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Babu Bangaru works as a pediatric gastroenterologist in Elmhurst, NY and New York, NY. These areas are among Dr. Bangaru's clinical interests: diarrhea, gastrointestinal bleeding, and ulcers. He is affiliated with NYU Langone. His education and training includes medical school at Andhra Medical College and residency at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. Patient ratings for Dr. Bangaru average 3.0 stars out of 5. He honors several insurance carriers, including Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Aetna Medicare, and United Healthcare Plans.

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

Dr. Yvonne B McFarlane-Ferreira, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
263 Seventh Avenue; Suite 3b, Nypbmh Medical Pavilion
Brooklyn, NY
 

Dr. Yvonne McFarlane-Ferriera is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. Dr. McFarlane-Ferriera (or staff) speaks the following languages: Spanish and Russian. Her areas of expertise include the following: inflammatory bowel disease, biliary disorders (gallbladder and bile ducts), and colon problems. Dr. McFarlane-Ferriera is affiliated with New York Methodist (NYM) Hospital. Dr. McFarlane-Ferriera graduated from the University of the West Indies Faculty of Medical Sciences. She completed her residency training at Caledonian Hospital, Brooklyn. She accepts Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Empire BlueCross BlueShield, and CIGNA Plans, in addition to other insurance carriers.

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Clinical interests: Rectal Problems, Colonoscopy, Endoscopy, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Biliary Disorders, Colon ... (Read more)

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

Dr. Amy Defelice is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Dr. Defelice's areas of expertise include ulcers, inflammatory bowel disease, and hiatal hernia. She is professionally affiliated with ColumbiaDoctors. Aetna EPO, POMCO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Defelice honors. She is open to new patients. She is a graduate of the University of Guadalajara, University Center of Health Sciences and a graduate of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's residency program. 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 is a pediatric gastroenterologist. His areas of expertise include the following: crohn's disease, celiac disease, and liver disease. He is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center. Dr. Levine honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School. Dr. Levine's training includes a residency program at Jacobi Medical 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
Nyu Pediatric Gastroenterology Associates; 40-08 Forley Street
New York, NY
 

Dr. Abha Kaistha is a specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Kaistha is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center. She is an in-network provider for Coresource, Aetna EPO, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, and more. She completed her residency training at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center.

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

Dr. Joseph Levy practices pediatric gastroenterology in New York, NY. Dr. Levy's areas of expertise include diarrhea, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. He has received a 4.0 out of 5 star rating by his patients. He honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, as well as other insurance carriers. Dr. Levy is a graduate of The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Medicine and a graduate of Beth Israel Medical Center's residency program. He has received the following distinction: 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)

Dr. Libia C Moy, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 East 32nd Street; 3rd Floor
New York, NY
 

Dr. Libia Moy practices pediatric gastroenterology in New Hyde Park, NY, New York, NY, and Astoria, NY. Clinical interests for Dr. Moy include celiac disease, crohn's disease, and liver disease. She is affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center. Her education and training includes medical school at Central University of Venezuela Faculty of Medicine and residency at Winthrop University Hospital. Dr. Moy honors several insurance carriers, including Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield.

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

Dr. Melanie K Greifer, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
160 E 32nd Street; Floor L3
New York, NY
 

Dr. Melanie Greifer is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Greifer is professionally affiliated with Fink Children's Ambulatory Care Center. She honors Coresource, Aetna EPO, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield, in addition to other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Her training includes a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Weill Cornell Medical College.

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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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