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Israel, Esther Jacobowitz, MD

  • Associate Unit Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and Quality Chair, Pediatrics, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School


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Dr. Israel has been practicing Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology for over 25 years and was named Best Of Boston in 2013. In keeping with MGH's mission, her academic interest focuses on the quality of the care given to patients.



Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Neonatal gastroenterology
  • Failure to thrive
  • All disorders that affect the liver
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
  • Liver transplant
Medical Education
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital|Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Children's Hospital Boston|Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
Foreign Languages
  • Hebrew
  • French
  • Yiddish
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Israel is a board certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist. 

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Israel's current research examines different aspects of the quality of care provided to pediatric patients.  She collaborates with colleagues in radiology to innovatively look at different imaging modalities to assess pediatric patients with diseases related to their gastroinetestinal aystem and liver.  

Recent studies include the use of CT colonography and MR enterography as noninvasive diagnostic tools in the management of Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  The use of ultrasound elastography to assess liver fibrosis is presently being studied. 

Research related to the quality of care given to pediatric patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease has been of particular interest to the Division of Pediatric GI and Nutrition.  Dr. Israel is the co-Principal Investigator of the MGHfC ImproveCareNow (ICN) study, as a participant in the national  ICN Quality Improvement Collaborative.

Dr. Israel has led the Division's quest for determining parameters for a quality pediatric colonoscopy.  She has presented on this at national meetings.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Israel was instrumental in the discovery of the unique role of the neonal Fc receptor in protecting IgG antibody clearance.  Recent pharmacologic and therapeutic advances have capitalized on this concept leading to clinical application in hemophilia.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8705
Fax: 617-724-2710

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