Thomas Ciecierega, M.D.
As a pediatrician, I have a chance to care for the whole family and not only the patient. It is the greatest privilege. Being a pediatric gastroenterologist allows me to do what I love the most -- to be able to help children with their ever-challenging gastrointestinal problems. At Weill Cornell, I am a part of a unique institution, where comprehensive patient care, family integration, and pioneering research are driving forces that subsequently help patients and their loved ones to receive best gastrointestinal care.
Dr. Thomas Ciecierega is the Director of the Pediatric Motility Centerat NewYork-Presbyterian Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health. He is also the Director of Pediatric Endoscopy Unit. Dr. Ciecierega is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and Assistant Attending Pediatrician at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Dr. Ciecierega is an expert in pediatric motility, specializing in the diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal motility disorders including esophageal, colonic, and anorectal motility testing. In addition to routine gastroenterology testing, Dr. Ciecierega has an extensive expertise in performing ph Impedance and wireless video endoscopic capsule testing. Dr. Ciecierega works closely with pulmonology, ENT and surgery specialists, and has developed specialized clinics for children with ano-rectal and esophageal defects, especially congenital esophageal defects such as esophageal atresia and trachea-esophageal fistula. He also has established and co-ordinates other specialized clinics, including an Esophageal Achalasia Task Force, a Chest Pain Clinic and a Constipation Clinic. Because of his extensive expertise, he sees patients who are referred to him by other specialists not only from the local area and from around the country but also from around the world.
Dr. Ciecierega completed his medical degree (M.D.) at the Karol Marcinkowski University of Medical Sciences in Poznan, Poland. He then immigrated to United States in 2003. He went on to train at the Goryeb Children's Hospital in Morristown, New Jersey where he completed a three-year residency in Pediatrics, followed by a Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Medical College of Wisconsin.
In addition to his clinical work, Dr. Ciecierega is an active researcher and educator. He is involved in the teaching of medical students, residents, fellows, and medical housestaff. He has presented his research and taught at many national and international conferences. Dr. Ciecierega's interests include aerodigestive disorders, congenital ("born with") esophageal and ano-rectal defects, motility disorders, feeding problems, constipation, allergy of gastroenterology system and gastroesophageal reflux disease
Dr. Ciecierega In the News:
- Dr. Ciecierega's interview in The Examiner, where he talks about the benefits and use of capsule endoscopy
- The Wall Street Journal referred to a recent study by Dr. Ciecierega and his colleagues regarding GERD patients
Insurance Plans Accepted
The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this physician. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please feel free to contact this physician or this physician's practice as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.
- AETNA [HMO]
- AETNA [PPO]
- Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
- Affinity Health Plan
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
- Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
- Fidelis Care
- Health First
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
- Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
- Health Plus - Amerigroup
- Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
- Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
- Rockefeller University - CoreSource
- United Empire
- United Health Care [Medicare]
- United Health Care [Community Plan]
- United Health Care
Altaf MA1, Ciecierega TM, Szabo S, Miranda A, Gorges C, Simpson P, Sood MR. Comparison of Light and Electron Microscopy in Measurement of Esophageal Intercellular Space in Children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014 Mar 18. [Epub ahead of print]
Kleiman DA, Beninato T, Bosworth BP, Brunaud L, Ciecierega TM, Crawford Jr CV, Turner BG, Fahey III TJ, Zarnegar R. Early Referral for Esophageal pH Monitoring Is More Cost-Effective Than Prolonged Empiric Trials of Proton-Pump Inhibitors for Suspected Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease. J Gastrointest Surg. November 2013
- Adamiak, T, Altaf M, Jensen KM, Sultan M, Ramprasad J, Ciecierega, TM, Sherry K, Miranda A. One-day Bowel Preparation with Polyethylene Glycol 3350: An Effective Regimen for Colonoscopy in Children. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy 2010; 71(3):573-577.
Honors and Awards
- 08/2010 Young Investigator Travel Award granted by American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society for research findings in field of "Esophageal Epithelial Intercellular Space – A marker of Esophageal Injury in Non-Erosive Reflux Disease"
- 11/2009 Poster of distinction granted by North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for research findings in field of "Single Day Preparation with Polyethylene Glycol (PEG) 3350: An Effective Regimen for Colonoscopy in Children.
- 06/1999 Graduated Magna Cum Laude
- 06/1999 Certificate of Excellence for Highest GPA in Biology
- 06/1999 Honor Award for Outstanding Achievement in Bachelor of Arts/Biology
- Certificate of Appreciation for Serving as a Peer Supporter for 4 years
- 06/1998 Felician College Student of the Year
- Pediatric Gastroenterologist
- PH Probe Testing
- PH Impedance Testing
- Motility Disorder, Esophageal
- Anorectal Motility Disorder
- Congenital Esophageal Defect
- Congenital Anorectal Defect
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Celiac Disease
- Esophageal Stricture
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis
- Feeding Problems
- Advanced Endoscopy
- EGD (Esophagogastroduodenoscopy)
- Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
- Percutaneous Placement of Gastrostomy Tube
- Endoscopic Control of Upper Gastrointestinal Bleeding
- Rectal Biopsy
- Liver Biopsy
Contact and Practices
- Pediatric Gastroenterology