Joseph A. Picoraro, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Pediatrics
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Overview

I am a pediatric gastroenterologist who strives to provide comprehensive care for children in the context of their families. I specialize in conditions that affect the gastrointestinal (GI) tract, and focus on inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)—both Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
   As associate director of the Pediatric IBD Center at Columbia and former director of Pediatric GI Inpatient Services at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, I collaborate with a team of experts who regularly tackle the most unique and complex challenges in medicine. If your child is experiencing a routine condition, we will treat it as the most important condition your family has faced. We combine advanced techniques of diagnosis—in the lab and through state-of-the-art endoscopy and comprehensive imaging—with targeted treatment that includes both medication and advanced procedures.
   I am naturally an educator, of children and families and also of medical students, residents, and fellows. I lead the training of future healthcare professionals in both the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons and the Institute of Human Nutrition.
   I also serve in local and national efforts to improve the care of gastrointestinal diseases. I am the vice chair of the Clinical Care and Quality Committee of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and former co-chair of the greater New York chapter Healthcare Professional Engagement Committee of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation. In these roles I have collaborated with colleagues across many institutions to make fundamental improvements in medicine across the country.
   Finally, I am committed to advancing pediatric medicine and facilitating innovation. My research focuses on improving the ways in which we deliver care, spanning specialized techniques of endoscopy to targeted treatments in Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. I am the recipient of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Advanced Fellowship in Pediatric Endoscopy award.

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

  • Advanced Endoscopy
  • Bowel Problems
  • Capsule Endoscopy
  • Clinical Research
  • Diarrhea
  • EGD
  • Endoscopy
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy
  • Gastroesophogeal Reflux / GERD
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Ultrasound
  • Medical Quality
  • Pediatric Crohn's Disease
  • Pediatric Gastrointestinal (GI) Endoscopy
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Polypectomy
  • Rectal Disorders
  • Small Bowel Capsule Endoscopy
  • Ulcerative Colitis in Children
  • Ulcer Disorders
  • Upper Endoscopy

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Columbia University Medical Center

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian / Columbia University Irving Medical Center
  • NewYork-Presbyterian Westchester

Gender

  • Male

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Insurance Accepted

For billing questions, please call (212) 304-7250.

Aetna

  • Aetna Signature Administrators
  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • NY Signature
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Student Health

Affinity Health Plan

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West (National)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare (National)

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Railroad
  • Traditional Medicare

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Quality Health Management

  • Quality Health Management

UnitedHealthcare

  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Empire Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Oxford Freedom
  • Oxford HMO
  • Oxford Liberty
  • POS
  • PPO

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

World Trade Center Health Plan

  • World Trade Center Health Plan

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Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MD, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
  • Internship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Residency: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Fellowship: Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital of NewYork-Presbyterian

Committees, Societies, Councils

American Gastroenterological Association

Crohn's and Colitis Foundation

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Research

Pediatric medicine extends the entire lifespan, and discovery in children informs our understanding of fundamental mechanisms of human disease. I am driven to accelerate clinical innovations, utilizing insights from molecular underpinnings of disease and applying novel therapeutic techniques.

My research focuses on the precision of diagnosis and treatment of children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, incorporating systems improvement, care delivery optimization and processes of inclusive decision-making.

Research Interests

  • Clinical decision-making
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Medical systems improvement

Clinical Trials

A PHASE 2, RANDOMIZED, DOUBLE-BLIND, DOSE-RANGING STUDY TO DETERMINE THE PHARMACOKINETICS, SAFETY AND TOLERABILITY OF VEDOLIZUMAB IV IN PEDIATRIC SUBJECTS WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS OR CROHN''S DISEASE

NCT03138655; Project Dates: Jan 11 2018 to Jan 11 2023

A PHASE 2B, EXTENSION STUDY TO DETERMINE THE LONG-TERM SAFETY OF VEDOLIZUMAB IV IN PEDIATRIC SUBJECTS WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS OR CROHN''S DISEASE LONG-TERM SAFETY WITH VEDOLIZUMAB IV IN PEDIATRIC SUBJECTS WITH ULCERATIVE COLITIS OR CROHN''S DISEASE

NCT03196427; Project Dates: Jan 11 2018 to Jan 11 2023

Selected Publications

Moses J, Sandberg K, Winberry G, Riera D, DeLozier S, Gupta SK, Reilly N, Park K, Picoraro JA. Clinical Practice Survey of Repeat Endoscopy in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease in North America. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 24 Feb 2021.

Picoraro JA, Lee D, Heller CA, Weaver A, Hyams JS, Conklin LS, Otley A, Ziring D, Kugathasan S, Rosh JR, Mulberg A, Denson LA, Kappelman M, Grossman A, Bousvaros A, Park KT. PediatricInflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Innovations Meeting of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: Charting the Future of Pediatric IBD. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019 Jan 1;25(1):27-32.

Gluchowski NL, Chitraju C, Picoraro JA, Mejhert N, Pinto S, Xin W, Kamin DS, Winter HS, Chung WK, Walther TC, Farese RV Jr. Identification and Characterization of a Novel DGAT1 Missense Mutation Associated with Congenital Diarrhea. J Lipid Res.2017 Jun;58(6):1230-1237.

Picoraro J, Winberry G, Siegel CA, El-Matary W, Moses J, Grossman A, Park KT. Premedication Use Before Infliximab Administration: A Cross-sectional Analysis. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2017 Jan;23(1):174-180.

Picoraro JA, Pierog A, Reilly NR, Mencin AA. Gastrojejunal Tube Placement Through an Established Gastrostomy via an Endoscopic Transgastric Approach in a Pediatric Population. Gastrointest Endosc. 2015 Dec;82(6):1025-30.

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