Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Maria Fareri Children's Hospital at Westchester Medical Center cares for children with digestive problems, liver disease and nutritional disorders. Our specialists evaluate and treat patients using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools.
In addition to general pediatric hepatology services, the division collaborates on patient care with Westchester Medical Center’s dynamic liver surgery and transplant team, whose doctors have success rates well above national averages. Please visit our Pediatric Liver Surgery and Transplant services page for more information.
The division also has a pediatric gastroenterology fellowship program fully accredited by the American Board of Pediatrics, and it was recently ranked by US News & World Report as one of the top pediatric gastroenterology specialties in the entire nation.
Caring for children
The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Division of Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is comprised of team of specialists expertly trained in the care of children with the following illnesses:
- Abdominal pain (acute and chronic)
- Acute and chronic disorders of the pancreas
- Allergic gastrointestinal disorders
- Constipation, diarrhea & vomiting
- Esophageal swallowing disorders
- Inflammatory bowel diseases (e.g. Crohn’s disease and colitis)
- Gastrointestinal bleeding disorders
- Gastrointestinal infections
- Gastrointestinal motility disorders (e.g. gastroparesis and achalasis)
- Liver and hepatobiliary diseases
- Nutritional disorders (e.g. failure to thrive, celiac disease, gastrointestinal malapsorption)
- Peptic ulcer disease
Pediatric services and procedures offered to children
All Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition services are provided in consultation with Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital’s other pediatric subspecialty divisions (e.g. pediatric nephrology, pediatric urology, etc.) when appropriate.
- Anorectal Manometry
Anorectal manometry is a technique used to measure contractility of the anus and rectum. It is used to evaluate patients with constipation and fecal incontinence.
- Esophageal Manometry
Esophageal manometry is a test to assess motor function of the upper esophageal sphincter, esophageal body and lower esophageal sphincter. It has been used to evaluate obscure causes of chest pain and dysphagia (trouble swallowing) including achalasia, diffuse esophageal spasm and nutcracker esophagus.
- Capsule Endoscopy
The best method to visualize the small intestine, an area not reached by routine endoscopic procedures. A tiny wireless camera that sits inside a vitamin-sized capsule is swallowed by the patient. The camera takes thousands of pictures that are transmitted by a recorder worn by the patient on a belt around the waist. The entire small bowel can be visualized via this diagnostic method.
- Multichannel Intraluminal Impedance (MII)
The most advanced method to evaluate gastroesophageal reflux. It is a procedure for measuring the movement of fluids, solids and air in the esophagus. Previously, esophageal pH testing was performed which evaluated changes in esophageal pH to monitor acid gastroesophageal reflux. Combined MII and pH testing detects both acid and non-acid reflux.
- Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy
An endoscopic procedure in which a PEG tube is placed into the patient’s stomach through the abdominal wall to provide a means of feeding when oral intake is not adequate. The procedure is an alternative to surgical gastrostomy insertion.
Our medical staff
Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Natasha Bamji, MD
Stuart Berezin, MD (Section Chief)
Howard Bostwick, MD
Lynnette Cukaj (Culanculan), MD
Yonathan Fuchs, MD
Mark Glassman, MD
Michael Halata, MD
Leonard Newman, MD
Richard Rosencrantz, MD
Mary Celaine See, MD
For information about our specialists, please visit our online Physician Directory.