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Valley Medical Group Expands Pediatric Gastroenterology Specialty Care

Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologist Diana Volpert, M.D., F.A.A.P., has joined Valley Medical Group, leading to a further expansion of pediatric specialty services at The Valley Hospital for children ages birth to 21.  Dr. Volpert joins pediatric gastroenterologist Katherine A. Orellana, D.O., in practice at 470 North Franklin Turnpike in Ramsey. 
Common gastrointestinal disorders they treat include chronic abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, poor weight gain, constipation, and increased liver enzymes.  Dr. Volpert also has extensive experience in treating children with short gut syndrome and teenagers who have undergone bariatric surgery. 
Drs. Volpert and Orellana also perform procedures, including upper endoscopy and colonoscopy with biopsies, feeding tube placement, and lactose breath tests.  They see outpatients at their Ramsey office and perform inpatient consultations and most procedures on pediatric patients at The Valley Hospital.
“Children with gastroenterology problems often require ongoing follow-up care and medical treatment from a multidisciplinary team,” says Dr. Volpert.  “I enjoy forming close relationships with my patients and their entire families as we care for them within the larger Valley family.”  
Dr. Volpert is board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology. She received her medical degree from Sackler School of Medicine in Tel-Aviv, Israel.  She completed her residency in pediatrics at Kaplan Medical Center in Rehovot, Israel; a residency, internship, and fellowship in pediatrics at Nassau University Medical Center, East Meadow, NY; and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York Hospital-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York City. Prior to joining VMG, Dr. Volpert was on the faculty of Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital since 2005. 
“The addition of Dr. Volpert to Valley Medical Group enables us to expand the depth and breadth of our full scope of services for children of all ages and their families,” says Frank P. Manginello, M.D., Chair of Children’s Services at Valley Medical Group.  “Parents can trust Valley for all aspects of their children’s health care, from primary care to emergency and urgent care and on to the continued treatment and management of chronic illnesses.  Dr. Volpert’s patients who require treatment from other pediatric specialists, such as surgeons, will be easily transitioned to these physicians and streamlined to other Valley pediatric services, such as social work and nutrition counseling.”
Valley Medical Group (VMG) is a multispecialty group practice comprising doctors and advanced practice professionals representing more than 30 medical and surgical specialties. VMG brings together doctors who practice at The Valley Hospital, Valley’s Blumenthal Cancer Center in Paramus, seven urgent/primary care centers, and community-based practices. VMG joins The Valley Hospital and Valley Home Care as the three entities that form Valley Health System.
Pediatric specialists on staff at Valley include pediatric pulmonologists, cardiologists, neonatologists, surgeons, endocrinologists, neurologists, urologists, physiatrists, intensivists, developmental pediatricians, a pediatric sleep medicine specialist, a medical geneticist, hematologists, and infection control/travel medicine specialists.  The Valley Hospital’s specialized facilities for children include a pediatric emergency room, neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, inpatient pediatrics unit, and the outpatient Kireker Center for Child Development in Ridgewood. 
To make an appointment with Dr. Volpert or Dr. Orellana, call 201-327-8765. 
VMG offers close physician collaboration within and across medical specialties and seamless integration with all the resources Valley Health System has to offer.  Valley’s quality distinctions include four consecutive “A” ratings for patient safety from The Leapfrog Group; recognition by Healthgrades for excellence in maternity care and as one of America’s 100 Best hospitals for cardiac surgery and orthopedic surgery; three consecutive Magnet designations for nursing excellence; the 2013 Women’s Choice Award for being voted one of America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience by women, and recognition by the 2014 Women’s Choice Awards as one of America’s Best Breast Centers and one of America’s Best Hospitals for Heart Care.