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Dr. Joan Solowey Dipalma, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Pediatric Nutrition
1015 Chestnut Street; Suite 601
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Joan Dipalma's specialties are pediatric gastroenterology and pediatric nutrition. Her clinical interests encompass gastrointestinal problems (digestive disorders). She is professionally affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and Bryn Mawr Hospital. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Dipalma accepts. Dr. Dipalma is not currently accepting new patients. She attended Thomas Jefferson University, Jefferson Medical College for medical school and subsequently trained at Montefiore Medical Center and a hospital affiliated with Albert Einstein College of Medicine for residency.

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Clinical interests: Gastrointestinal Problems

Dr. Elizabeth Pearl Parks, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Elizabeth Prout's area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include obesity, growth problems, and nutrition issues. Dr. Prout is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She obtained her medical school training at Tufts University School of Medicine and performed her residency at Baystate Medical Center. She honors several insurance carriers, including Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO. Dr. Prout has received distinctions including Nutrition Leadership Institute, Dannon Institute USA; American Heart Association Early Career Development Award for Minorities; and Outstanding Resident Community Service Research Award, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA.

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Clinical interests: Vitamin D Deficiency, Nutrition Issues, Diabetes, Obesity, Growth Problems, Laparoscopic Sleeve ... (Read more)

Dr. Gayle Horvitz Diamond, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Gayle Horvitz is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Horvitz include celiac disease, malnutrition, and obesity. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Horvitz studied medicine at Temple University School of Medicine. For her professional training, Dr. Horvitz completed a residency program at a hospital affiliated with Emory University. She is in-network for several insurance carriers, including United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate. Dr. Horvitz has received the following distinctions: Division of GI, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Fellows Teaching Award Honor Roll; NIH Loan Repayment Program; and Travel award for AGA fellows' training conference.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Maria Rebello Mascarenhas, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Maria Mascarenhas' specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Mascarenhas's clinical interests include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and malnutrition. She is an in-network provider for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Navigate, and Coventry, as well as other insurance carriers. She attended Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, Bangalore University, and St. John's Medical College and then went on to complete her residency at Texas Children's Hospital. Dr. Mascarenhas's distinctions include: American Health Council/"Best in Medicine" Award; America's Best Physicians; and Castle Connolly Top Doctor. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Virginia A Stallings, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Virginia Stallings sees patients in Philadelphia, PA. Her medical specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Areas of expertise for Dr. Stallings include nutrition issues. Dr. Stallings is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is a graduate of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Dr. Stallings trained at a hospital affiliated with the University of Virginia for residency. She is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include American Society of Nutrition Fellow; Anna dePlanter Bowes Award, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association; and David Rall Medal, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences.

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Clinical interests: Cystic Fibrosis, Nutrition Issues, Chronic Illness

Dr. Judith Rachel Kelsen, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Judith Kelsen is a pediatric gastroenterologist. Clinical interests for Dr. Kelsen include cystic fibrosis (CF), celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, in addition to other insurance carriers. Dr. Kelsen graduated from Weill Cornell Medical College and then she performed her residency at The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York. Dr. Kelsen has received distinctions including Komarov Research Competition, Clinical Sciences, 3rd place; We Care Digestive Disease Week Travel Grant; and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology Hepatology, and Nutrition Travel Grant. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Immunodeficiency, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Shirley Hseue-Yee Huang, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Shirley Huang is a pediatric gastroenterology specialist. She has indicated that her clinical interests include malnutrition, obesity, and growth problems. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Huang takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with the University of North Carolina (UNC), Dr. Huang attended SUNY, University at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences for medical school. Awards and/or distinctions she has received include Honored for Exemplary Service, American Board of Obesity Medicine; America's Top Physicians; and Consumers' Research Council of America.

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Clinical interests: Obesity, Malnutrition, Cholesterol Problems, Growth Problems

Dr. Kristin Ngar Yee Fiorino, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Kristin Fiorino practices pediatric gastroenterology in Abington, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Before performing her residency at a hospital affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, Dr. Fiorino attended UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. Her areas of expertise include the following: growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. She honors United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate, as well as other insurance carriers. Her distinctions include: Magna Cum Laude; Edward J. Boustein Distinguished Scholar; and Justice Louis D. Brandeis Scholar. Dr. Fiorino is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Fistula, ... (Read more)

Dr. David A Piccoli, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
324th South 34th Street; Division of Gastroenterology
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. David Piccoli is a medical specialist in pediatric gastroenterology. Dr. Piccoli's education and training includes medical school at Harvard Medical School and residency at Children's Hospital Boston. Areas of expertise for Dr. Piccoli include achalasia, alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and celiac disease. On average, patients gave him a rating of 5.0 stars out of 5. He accepts Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. Dr. Piccoli's distinctions include: Master Clinician; Academy of Master Clinicians, University of Pennsylvania; and Philadelphia Super Doctors. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Second Opinions, Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Melissa Ann Crawford, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Melissa Kennedy's specialty is pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Kennedy include achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. Dr. Kennedy is in-network for Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, as well as other insurance carriers. She is a graduate of Stony Brook University Medical Center, School of Medicine and a graduate of The Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York's residency program. Awards and/or distinctions Dr. Kennedy has received include Pediatric GI/Nutrition T32 Trainee and Dean's list, Cornell University. She is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Andrew B Grossman, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Andrew Grossman practices pediatric gastroenterology. Clinical interests for Dr. Grossman include achalasia, crohn's disease, and celiac disease. Dr. Grossman is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). After attending UMDNJ-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, he completed his residency training at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Columbia University Medical Center. He is in-network for United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, United Healthcare Navigate, and more. Awards and/or distinctions he has received include Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Residency Faculty Honor Roll; South Jersey Magazine "Top Children's Physicians"; and Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Fellow Teaching Award.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, ... (Read more)

Dr. John Timothy Boyle, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. John Boyle is a physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. His areas of expertise include the following: growth problems, achalasia, and vomiting. He is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Boyle takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He attended Weill Cornell Medical College and then went on to complete his residency at Floating Hospital for Children. He has received professional recognition including the following: Fellowship Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Summa Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame; and Phi Beta Kappa, University of Notre Dame.

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, ... (Read more)

Dr. Robert N Baldassano, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
34th Street & Civic Center Boulevard; Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Robert Baldassano specializes in pediatric gastroenterology and practices in Abington, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Areas of expertise for Dr. Baldassano include growth problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. The average patient rating for Dr. Baldassano is 4.5 stars out of 5. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO, in addition to other insurance carriers. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical Center College of Medicine. Dr. Baldassano's medical residency was performed at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He has received the following distinctions: Fellows Faculty Honor Roll; Blockley-Osler Award; and Pediatric Resident Teaching Honor Roll. Dr. Baldassano is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (Read more)

Dr. Christina B Bales, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Christina Bales is a pediatric gastroenterologist in Abington, PA and Philadelphia, PA. Her areas of expertise include growth problems, vomiting, and esophagitis. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Bales attended the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and then went on to complete her residency at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, and United Healthcare HMO are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Bales takes. She has received the following distinctions: American Society for Transplantation Fellows Symposium Travel Award; Studies for Pediatric Liver Disease and Transplantation (SPLIT) Travel Award; and National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award.

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Clinical interests: Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Growth Problems, Esophagitis, Failure to ... (Read more)

Dr. Chris A Liacouras, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Chris Liacouras' area of specialization is pediatric gastroenterology. His patients gave him an average rating of 3.0 out of 5 stars. Dr. Liacouras's areas of expertise include the following: achalasia, cystic fibrosis (CF), and celiac disease. He takes Coventry, United Healthcare HSA, United Healthcare HMO, and more. He obtained his medical school training at Harvard Medical School and performed his residency at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Distinctions awarded to Dr. Liacouras include: Cystic Fibrosis Grant for Clinical Medicine; Harvard Anatomy Award; and Delaware Valley Academic Award. He is affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).

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Clinical interests: Achalasia, Celiac Disease, Nutrition Issues, Malnutrition, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, ... (Read more)

Dr. Samantha Hope Fish, MD
Specializes in Pediatric Gastroenterology
3401 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA
 

Dr. Samantha Fish is a Philadelphia, PA physician who specializes in pediatric gastroenterology. Her areas of expertise include growth problems, celiac disease, and crohn's disease. She is professionally affiliated with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Fish graduated from SUNY Upstate Medical University. For her residency, Dr. Fish trained at Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children. United Healthcare Platinum, United Healthcare Compass, and United Healthcare Navigate are among the insurance carriers that Dr. Fish takes. She has received professional recognition including the following: Richard A. Schwartz Award for Teaching Excellence, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children and Resident Teacher of the Year, Inova Fairfax Hospital for Children.

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Clinical interests: Celiac Disease, Malnutrition, Ulcerative Colitis, Encopresis, Gastroparesis, Allergies, Growth ... (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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