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Esther Jacobowitz (Esther) Israel, MD

Associate Unit Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Quality Chair, Pediatrics

Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Newton-Wellesley Hospital

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.

Department of Pediatrics


  • MassGeneral Hospital for Children
  • Gastroenterology & Nutrition
  • Transplant Center
  • Pediatric Transplant Surgery
  • Liver Transplant
Clinical Interests
Inflammatory bowel disease
Liver disease
Neonatal gastroenterology
Failure to thrive
All disorders that affect the liver
Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
Liver transplant
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
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, American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics
Patient Gateway
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Foreign Languages
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. Israel is a board certified Pediatric Gastroenterologist. 

ResearchDr. 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.

MGHfC encourages everyone to "Speak Up"

MGH Hotline 10.02.09 Encouraging the active participation of patients in their own health care is an important component of patient safety.

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-8705
Fax: 617-724-2710

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-8705
Fax: 617-724-2710


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