Language: English
Gender: Female
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Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
505 East 70th Street, Helmsley Tower, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10021
P: (646) 962-3869 | F: (646) 962-0246

Personal Statement

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.

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Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Blood In Stool
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Celiac Disease
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Food Allergy
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Obesity
  • Feeding Problem
  • Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder
  • Upper Endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Wireless Capsule Endoscopy
  • Suction Biopsy of Rectum
  • Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of Liver
  • Polypectomy
  • Percutaneous Placement of Gastrostomy Tube
  • Esophageal Stricture
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Fecal Microbiota Transfer (FMT)

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 Access
  • Affinity Health Plan
  • Emblem Select Care
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Mediblue (Senior)]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [PPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [HMO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [EPO]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X Enhanced]
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield [Pathway X]
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus [CHP]
  • Fidelis Care
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) [Medicaid]
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans [Liberty]
  • Oxford Health Plans [Metro/Core/Charter]
  • 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]


  • B.A., Princeton University, 2004
  • M.D., New York University School of Medicine, 2008

Honors and Awards

  • 2016, Invited Participant, NASPGHAN Nutrition University (Chicago, IL)
  • 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)



Assistant Attending Pediatrician
NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Weill Cornell Medical College


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 the Associate Program Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Fellowship Training Program.  She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. 

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