Pediatric Gastroenterology

Pediatric Gastroenterology

What to expect at Swedish Pediatric Gastroenterology

Learn about conditions we treat, including abdominal pain, constipation, food allergies, celiac disease, and other gastrointestinal problems. Also, hear commonly asked questions and concerns from parents and what to expect during their child's diagnosis process.


Appointments & Referrals

For Patients: 

  • Make an appointment: 206-215-6005
  • Appointments are available at our clinics in Seattle and Issaquah
  • Drs. Essers and Pisharody have office hours Monday-Friday, with early morning and evening hours available.
  • New Patients: Complete Medical History form and bring to your child's appointment

Dr. Essers:  Sees patients every day, Monday through Friday:

  • He is in the Seattle office Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
  • He is in the Issaquah office every Wednesday

Dr. Pisharody:  Sees patients every day Monday through Friday: 

  • She is in the Seattle office Tuesday-Friday.
  • She is in the Issaquah office every Monday

For Physicians:

  • Refer a patient: Call 206-215-2701 (during business hours) or 206-215-6005 (after hours) or complete the Referral Form and fax to 206-215-2628

Our Physicians

Meet Our Team

About Our Program

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract or nutritional problems in children are typically much different then those found in adults. That is why Swedish Pediatric Specialty Care has a dedicated pediatric gastroenterology team that specializes in diagnosing and treating diseases of the GI system, liver, pancreas, and nutritional or growth challenges in children from infancy through adolescence.  The Growth and Integrative Nutrition Services at Swedish (GAINS) is another great resource we offer.  This is a multidisciplinary program, which includes doctors, nurses, dietitians, behavioral specialists, and feeding therapists.

Diagnostics Services

Lactose breath hydrogen analysis: To help us determine if your child is sensitive to milk products.

Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy of the upper and lower bowel: To find blockages or otherconditions that require treatment.

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy: A small flexible lighted tube is passed through your child's mouthinto the upper gastrointestinal tract to examine and photograph the bowel lining. Small samples of tissue are also taken and examined by our pathologist.
  • Colonoscopy: A small flexible tube with a light is passed into your child's bottom and through the large bowel to take pictures and small scrapings which are then examined by our pathologist.

pH probe monitoring for gastroesophageal reflux: This records the pH levels of the fluid in the esophages to determine how much acid is in the fluid.

Capsule Endoscopy



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