Elaine Barfield, M.D.

Pediatric Gastroenterology
Elaine Barfield

Treating children with gastrointestinal and nutritional disorders is extremely rewarding.  My job allows me to work closely with patients and families to improve the health and quality of life of children and adolescents with gastrointestinal disorders.  My main goal in practice is to provide excellent patient care with an emphasis on communication, education and accessibility.  The cohesive nature of our team of colleagues - including our dietician, behavioral psychologist, nurses, patient navigator  and other sub-specialists - results in Weill Cornell being a warm and supportive environment for our patients and families.

Dr. Elaine Barfield is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medical College and an Assistant Attending Pediatrician at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center. She is board-certified in Pediatrics. 
Dr. Barfield received her B.A. in Psychology at Princeton University and earned her medical degree at New York University School of Medicine.  She completed both her pediatric residency and pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  During her fellowship training she was selected as an American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS) Scholar and trained in the diagnosis and management of pediatric motility disorders including chronic constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, fecal incontinence, gastroparesis, rumination syndrome and manometric testing at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
Her clinical interests include allergic disorders of the GI tract including eosinophilic esophagitis, inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, Fecal Microbiota Transplant (FMT) for recurrent C. Difficile infection, disorders of motility including chronic constipation, and functional gastrointestinal disorders.
In addition to patient care, Dr. Barfield has a strong interest in medical education and research.  Her academic pursuits include lecturing to pediatric residents and fellows and educating medical students, residents and fellows in the clinical setting.  Her research has focused on inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, and the evaluation of the practice’s home infliximab (Remicade) infusion program.



Lactose Intolerance vs Milk Protein Allergy

Celiac Disease


Gluten Sensitivity






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 contact the physician’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this physician is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell [POS]
  • Affinity Essential
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • 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) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup [CHP]
  • Health Plus - Amerigroup
  • Health Republic
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oscar
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Freedom]
  • Rockefeller University - CoreSource
  • UHC Compass
  • United Empire
  • United Health Care
  • United Health Care [Community Plan]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [Medicare]
  • VNSNY CHOICE Medicare [HMO]


  1. Bannon MJ, Pruetz B, Barfield E, Schmidt CJ.  Transcription factors specifying dopamine phenotype are decreased in cocaine users. Neuro Report.  2004; 15(3):401-404.                                                                                                                                                                      
  2. Barfield E, Liu YH, Kessler M, Pawelczak M, David R, Shah B.  The prevalence of abnormal liver enzymes and metabolic disease in obese adolescent females with polycystic ovary syndrome. 
    Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  2009; 22(5):318-322.                                        
  3. Wang FQ, Barfield E, Dutta S, Pua T, Fishman DA.  VEGFR-2 silencing by small interference RNA (siRNA) suppresses LPA-induced epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) invasion.  Gynecologic Oncology.  2009; 115(3):414-423.                                                                                            
  4. Barfield E and Rhee E.  Say “Yes” to Immunizations.  Big Apple Parent Magazine.  Nov 2010:16-17.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
  5. R Sockolow, B Landzberg, E Barfield.  Celiac Disease in the Pediatric Population: Could You Be Missing the Diagnosis? Consultant for Pediatricians. 2013; 53(5):342-347.                                    
  6. Barfield E and Solomon A.  An Adolescent Female with Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain.  Clinical Pediatrics.  2013; 20(10):1-3.                                                                                                  
  7. DeFilippis E, Barfield E, Leifer D, Steinlauf A, Bosworth B, Scherl E, Sockolow R. Cerebral Venous Thrombosis in Inflammatory Bowel Disease:  A Case Series.  Journal of Digestive Diseases. 2015; 16:104-108.                                                                                                                           
  8. DeFilippis E, Barfield E, Sockolow R, Kessler E.  Bilious emesis and small bowel obstruction in a young male.  Clinical Pediatrics. 2015; 1-3.

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 American College of Gastroenterology Presidential Poster Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clinical Vignette Category (Philadelphia, PA)

  • 2012, Invited Participant, 7th Annual Pediatric IBD Academic Workshop (Las Vegas, NV)

  • 2010,  Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholar, (Vancouver)

  • 2009,   Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Teaching and Tomorrow (National Harbor, MD)