Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Graciela Wetzler, MD
Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition provides state of the art services for infants, children, adolescents and young adults with gastrointestinal disorders. We treat patients with Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis), H-Pylori Gastritis, Celiac Disease, Constipation, Abdominal Pain, Polyps, Hepatitis B and C, Failure-to-Thrive, Feeding Disorders, Fatty Liver and Obesity. Our outpatient practice is located at two Maimonides locations in Brooklyn: 948 48th Street and 6701 Bay Parkway. We also provide inpatient and ER consults, and parenteral and enteral nutritional support.
The Division performs endoscopic procedures using the most advanced technology, including baby and pediatric endoscopes, as well as non-invasive video capsule techniques. We perform upper and lower endoscopy, polypectomies, gastrostomy tube placement, 24-hr pH probe/impedence monitoring to detect occult GERD, liver biopsy, hydrogen breath testing to detect lactose intolerance. The Pediatric Endoscopy Suite is a child-friendly environment, and includes Pediatric Anesthesiology, and Child Life Specialists.
The Division consists of 3 full-time board-certified Attendings and a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Dr. Graciela Wetzler is the Director of the Division, has expertise in IBD and GERD, and is the Principal Investigator on various clinical trials for GERD and an IBD registry. Originally from Argentina, Dr. Wetzler completed her residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and fellowship at Cornell University Medical Center. She joined Maimonides in 1999, and has been listed in the Castle-Connolly list of Best Doctors in NY for the past twelve years.
Dr. Asha Willis has a Master Degree in Public Health in addition to her medical training and has established a research program on childhood obesity prevention and treatment of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Dr. Willis completed her residency and fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. She joined Maimonides in 2010.
A new member of our faculty, Dr. Keith Breglio, will join our Division in July, 2013. Dr. Breglio has spent the past 4 years as a full-time attending at Mt. Sinai Hospital and brings an active clinical practice with extensive experience in Inflammatory Bowel Disease as well as all other phases of general Pediatric Gastroenterology. He completed his residency at Schneider Children’s Hospital of Long Island Jewish Medical Center and fellowship at Mt. Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Breglio has a research background in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, where he studies innate immune signaling in the development of IBD.
Amy Felix, CPNP, trained as a pediatric nurse practitioner at University of Pennsylvania. Previously working as a PICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Ms. Felix joined Maimonides in 2008. She has an active clinical practice within the Division and serves as study coordinator for the Division’s research and quality improvement projects.
The Division is an active teaching center for the Department of Pediatrics. Pediatric Residents rotate in the Division, are involved in the clinical practice and research projects, and many residents have gone on to complete fellowships in Pediatric Gastroenterology at prestigious academic medical centers. The Division also educates medical students and nurse practitioner students.