Meet Our Pediatric GI Team


After receiving a B.A. in human biology and anthropology at Emory University in just three years, Dr. Suma Kamath completed her medical degree (M.D.) at University of Tennessee Health Science Center in her hometown of Memphis, Tennessee. She completed her pediatric residency at St. Vincent's Hospital Manhattan and then went on to complete her pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital at Columbia University Medical Center.

Dr. Kamath is dedicated to her patients and their parents and makes the process of managing a child's illness easier through compassion and communication. She enjoys working with children, their families, their schools, and their pediatricians to figure out what works best for each individual child. She takes great joy in using her medical knowledge to improve the daily lives of children with digestive diseases.

Dr. Kamath has a special interest in eosiniphilic esophagitis and a personal interest in inflammatory bowel disease. She has also joined the multidisciplinary team at the Center for Digestive Diseases and Swallowing Disorders at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens so that children and infants with swallowing or feeding difficulties can benefit from the expertise of a pediatric gastroenterologist, swallow therapist, and nutritionist all at one central location.

Dr. Kamath clinical interests also include nutrition, constipation, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.  Dr. Kamath is trained in performing diagnostic and interventional endoscopic procedures in children of all ages with gastrointestinal diseases. This includes: esophagogastroduodenoscopy, colonoscopy, ileoscopy, polypectomy, percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement, sclerotherapy, variceal banding, endoscopic management of upper gastrointestinal bleeding, and foreign body removal.

Aaron R Turkish, M.D. Aaron Turkish, MD 

Dr. Turkish obtained his medical degree from the State University of New York-Health Science Center at Brooklyn and completed his pediatric residency at the Montefiore Medical Center. His interest in pediatric nutrition and complex gastroenterological problems led him to pursue and complete a pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition fellowship at the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York at Columbia University.

It was at the Columbia University Medical Center where Dr. Turkish developed a strong interest in studying the complications of obesity and dyslipidemia at the genetic and molecular level. He has obtained numerous grant awards, published his data in several scientific journals, and continues to collaborate with colleagues at Columbia University.

In addition to an interest in caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease and other pediatric gastroenterological problems, Dr. Turkish has a particular interest in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and dyslipidemias.




Joanne Carroll, RD, CPNP Joanne Carroll, RD 

Joanne Carroll joined the GI team at NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens at the beginning of March 2010. She was recruited from Columbia University at Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital.

Joanne is both a registered dietitian and a certified pediatric nurse practitioner. She has worked many years in the areas of nutrition, gastroenterology and neonatology. Within these subspecialties Joanne has concentrated on the nutrition component of patient care.

A critical component of our group, she will also focus on education for patients, families, nurses and house staff both in the outpatient and inpatient setting. Joanne will run clinics for patients with problems such as feeding difficulties, failure to thrive and food allergies. She also has expertise in the management of complicated nutritional problems in children receiving nasogastric and gastrostomy tube feeding as well as Total Parental Nutrition (TPN). Joanne is a strong advocate for breast-feeding and is always available to speak with parents about this very important issue.

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