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Specialty Services: Gastroenterology

Phone: 914-367-0000
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Boston Children’s Health Physicians’ Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, located in Connecticut and New York, provides comprehensive, compassionate, specialized care for children with digestive disorders. Our team of highly skilled pediatric gastroenterologists is committed to delivering exceptional medical services to improve the health and well-being of our young patients.

Gastrointestinal issues can have a profound effect on a child's quality of life and overall development. That's why we offer a wide range of diagnostic and treatment options tailored to meet individual children’s needs. From common conditions such as acid reflux and constipation to more complex disorders like inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease, our experts are well-versed in managing a diverse array of gastrointestinal conditions.

We believe in the power of knowledge. Through ongoing research and innovative treatments, we offer our patients receive the most up-to-date care. We actively educate families and healthcare professionals to help them make informed decisions about their child's care. In these ways and many others, we strive to enhance outcomes and improve the well-being of our young patients.

You can count on the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology for:

  • a child-friendly environment where young patients and their families feel comfortable and supported
  • care from a multidisciplinary team, including pediatric nutritionists, social workers, and nurses, to ensure a holistic approach to care.
  • working collaboratively with our team to develop a personalized treatment plan for your child's unique needs

Programs & services

We offer comprehensive services to address the specific needs of children with digestive disorders. Our services include:

Diagnostic center: Our fully equipped diagnostic center features state-of-the-art endoscopic equipment that enables complete evaluations of the upper and lower intestine in an outpatient setting. We are prepared to handle endoscopic emergencies, such as foreign bodies of the GI tract, esophageal food impactions, and gastrointestinal bleeding.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) management: Our physicians are experts in the diagnosis and management of inflammatory bowel disease, including conditions like Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis in children and adolescents.

Treatment of less-common conditions: Our team is well-versed in developing tailored treatment plans for patients with less common conditions, such as motility disorders of the gastrointestinal tract and short bowel syndrome.

Liver Transplant Program: Dr. Rosencrantz, our esteemed hepatologist, plays a crucial role in overseeing the pre-transplant evaluation process and providing exceptional post-transplant care. This includes closely monitoring patients' progress and making necessary adjustments to their treatment plans. Alongside our dedicated in-patient team, Dr. Rosencrantz actively participates in the patient's transplant care during their hospital stay, ensuring optimal outcomes and a smooth recovery process.

Additional services:

  • Acid reflux testing: specialized tests to evaluate and manage acid reflux
  • Capsule endoscopy: a non-invasive procedure that allows clinicians to evaluate the small intestine
  • Colonoscopy: to assess the colon and rectum for various conditions, including inflammatory bowel disease and polyps
  • Control of gastrointestinal bleeding: using techniques such as endoscopic hemostasis, variceal band ligation, balloon tamponade, and angiographic embolization. These interventions are carefully selected based on factors like the location, severity, and underlying cause of the bleeding.
  • Endoscopy: a direct examination of the esophagus, stomach, and intestines, enabling accurate diagnosis and guiding appropriate treatment decisions. 
  • Esophageal and anorectal manometry: we utilize these specialized tests to evaluate the function and movement of the esophagus and anorectal region in children. These tests provide valuable diagnostic information, allowing us to identify and understand conditions related to swallowing difficulties and anorectal function. 
  • Hydrogen breath testing for sugar intolerance: This test helps diagnose and manage conditions such as lactose intolerance and other sugar intolerances.
  • Liver biopsy: By obtaining a small tissue sample from the liver, we can gain important insights into the underlying condition and tailor appropriate treatment plans. This procedure plays a crucial role in guiding therapeutic interventions, monitoring disease progression, and ultimately improving overall liver function.
  • Polypectomy: We offer polypectomy procedures to remove polyps from the gastrointestinal tract, reducing the risk of complications.
  • Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG): PEG allows for the administration of nutrition, fluids, and medications directly into the stomach, improving the patient's overall nutrition and quality of life. It is important for individuals who are unable to eat or swallow adequately, such as those with severe swallowing difficulties or who require long-term nutritional support.

Conditions & symptoms we treat

Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Read more about Howard Bostwick, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Bradhurst Avenue Specialty Office

Pediatric Gastroenterology Staff

Read more about Natasha Bamji, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Bradhurst Avenue Specialty Office

Read more about Stuart Berezin, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Boston Children's Health Physicians (BCHP)

Read more about Lynnette Cukaj, MD

Attending in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Boston Children's Health Physicians (BCHP)

Read more about Michael Halata, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Boston Children's Health Physicians

Read more about Mira Kothari, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Bradhurst Avenue Specialty Office

Read more about Anne Pierog, MD

Attending Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Boston Children's Health Physicians

Read more about Richard Rosencrantz, MD

Medical Director of Pediatric Liver Transplant, Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital

Read more about Mary See, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Bradhurst Avenue Specialty Office

Read more about Girish Sharma, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Boston Children's Health Physicians

Read more about Deepali Tewari, MD

Attending Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Boston Children's Health Physicians

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With convenient locations in Rockland County, Orange County, Westchester County, Fairfield County, and Dutchess County, our dedicated team is ready to deliver comprehensive gastroenterology services to children and adolescents, right in your neighborhood.

  • 19 Bradhurst Avenue, Ste 2850s
    Hawthorne, NY 10532

  • 2 Old New Milford Road, Suite 2D
    Brookfield, CT 06804

  • 1 South Greeley Avenue, Ste 303
    Chappaqua, NY 10514

  • 212 Crystal Run Road
    Middletown, NY 10941

  • 266 North Street, Ste B
    Newburgh, NY 12550

  • 1 Webster Avenue, Ste 300
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

  • 257 Lafayette Avenue, Ste 370
    Suffern, NY 10901

  • 148 East Avenue Suite 2N
    Norwalk, CT 06851

Frequently asked questions

When should I consider bringing my child to a pediatric gastroenterologist? 

Children can start experiencing gastrointestinal (GI) issues at any age: when they are newborns, infants, toddlers, school-age children, or adolescents.

Some GI conditions are more common at certain ages, while others can occur at any age. In newborns and infants, common GI issues include reflux, colic, feeding difficulties, and constipation. As children grow, they may encounter a broader range of GI issues such as food allergies, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, functional abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, and gastrointestinal infections.

If you suspect your child has GI issues or if they have concerning symptoms, make an appointment with a pediatric gastroenterologist.

What are the symptoms of GI disorders in children?

Common symptoms of gastrointestinal disorders in children include

  • abdominal pain
  • bloating
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • vomiting
  • poor appetite
  • weight loss or poor weight gain
  • blood in the stool
  • reflux or heartburn
  • changes in bowel habits.

Symptoms can vary depending on the specific condition, and some children may experience a combination of symptoms or exhibit atypical presentations.

How are GI conditions diagnosed in children? 

Diagnosing GI conditions in children often involves a combination of methods. Your child’s gastroenterologist may start with a comprehensive medical history review and physical examination. They may also order blood tests, stool tests, imaging studies (e.g., ultrasound, X-ray), and endoscopic procedures (e.g., upper endoscopy, colonoscopy) to evaluate the gastrointestinal tract and obtain tissue samples for analysis.

How can I help manage my child's digestive issues at home?

While specific approaches vary by condition, some general strategies can help you manage digestive issues at home. These may include maintaining a balanced and nutritious diet, encouraging regular physical activity, ensuring adequate hydration, promoting good bowel habits, and providing emotional support to reduce stress. It's important to work closely with your health care provider to develop a personalized management plan for your child.

Are there any dietary recommendations for children with GI problems? 

Dietary recommendations for children with gastrointestinal problems can vary depending on the underlying condition. In some cases, certain foods may need to be restricted or eliminated from the diet. For example, children with celiac disease may need to follow a strict gluten-free diet.

Our pediatric gastroenterologists work with registered dietitians to develop individualized dietary plans that ensure adequate nutrition while managing our patients’ specific GI symptoms.

How can I prepare my child for an endoscopic procedure?

It's important to let your child know about the procedure in advance. Use age-appropriate language and explanations and emphasize that it is done to help them feel better. Ensuring your child feels supported, answering their questions, and addressing any anxieties or concerns can help reduce their fears about the procedure.

Your pediatric gastroenterologist will provide specific instructions regarding fasting requirements and any necessary bowel preparations.