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Esther (Esther) Jacobowitz Israel, 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

617-726-8705

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Overview

Dr. Israel has been practicing Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology for over 30 years and has been named Best Of Bostonduring many of those years.  In keeping with MGH's mission, her academic interest focuses on the quality of the care given to patients, especially those with Inflammatory Bowel Disease.  .

Departments

Pediatrics

Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Transplant Center

Clinical Interests
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Liver disease
  • Neonatal gastroenterology
  • Failure to thrive
  • Food allergy
  • Liver transplant
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy
Medical Education
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, New York Presbyterian Hospital|Residency, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Fellowship, Boston Children's Hospital|Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
Foreign Languages
  • Hebrew
  • French
  • Yiddish
Locations
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Newton: Newton-Wellesley Hospital
Patient Gateway
Yes, learn more
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 - Connecticut
  • 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.

Patient Age Group
Pediatric
Gender
Female

Biography

Dr. Israel  was born and bred in Brooklyn, NY.  After graduating from Brooklyn College with a BS in chemistry, Phi Beta Kappa, she attended John Hopkins Universty Medical Schoo,l obtaining her MD in 1979 and hnored by Alpha Omega Llpha Honor Society.  She did her residency training in Pediatrics at Hopkins and Columbia Univerity in the City of New York, becoming board certified in Pediatrics.  She then came up to Boston, to Massachusetts General Hospital, to train as a Pediatric Gastroenterologist where she has served on staff since 1985 and has been continuously board certified.  Dr. Israel has served in many roles at Mass General.  Presently she is the Associate Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and the Quality Chair of the Department of Pediatrics.   She has been instrumental in bringing Family-Centered bedside rounding to the inpatient service at Mass General,  and elevating the profile of quality improvement and patient safety throughout pediatrics. 

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.
Publications

View my most recent publications at PubMed

News & Events

  • Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel

    MassGeneral Hospital for Children received dozens of books, puzzles and stuffed toys from ROFEH International – an organization dedicated to supporting families who travel to Boston for medical care.

  • MGHfC Recognizes Employees' Years of Service at 72nd Annual Ether Day

    Ether Day, a tradition started in 1945, is a day to recognize MGHfC and Mass General staff for their years of service to patients and the hospital's overall mission. Learn more about what MGHfC means to some of those providers and staff.

  • 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.

Contact

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-8705
Fax: 617-724-2710
Newton-Wellesley Pediatric Ambulatory Clinic
2014 Washington St
6 South
Newton, MA 02462
Phone: 617-243-6585
Fax: 617-243-6798

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