Elaine Barfield, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology
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Elaine Barfield, M.D.

Pediatric Gastroenterology

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Gender: Female
Language: English


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, social worker and other sub-specialists - results in Weill Cornell being a warm and supportive environment for our patients and families.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Nutrition


  • Fecal Microbiota Transfer (FMT)
  • Celiac Disease
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Blood In Stool
  • 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


Dr. Elaine Barfield is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Associate Attending Pediatrician at New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine.  She is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology. She has been inducted as a Fellow into the New York Academy of Medicine in 2019. 

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. She received a Certificate in Business Excellence from Columbia Business School. In 2019, she was inducted as a Fellow into the New York Academy of Medicine. 

Dr. Barfield's clinical interests include treating children with inflammatory bowel disease (aka Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), celiac disease, constipation, abdominal pain, reflux, poor weight gain/failure to thrive, allergic disorders of the GI tract including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), and performing fecal microbiota transplant (FMT) for recurrent C.difficile infection.  In addition to patient care, Dr. Barfield has a strong interest in diversity and serves as a leader on several committees working to promote recruitment and retention of diverse individuals at the institution.  Her clinical research focuses on non-hospital infusions of biologics in pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Dr. Barfield originally hails from Ann Arbor, Michigan and has resided in NYC for 18 years. She is passionate about health care equity and working to eliminate healthcare disparities and has held several elected positions in the local and regional chapters of the National Medical Association. 









Honors and Awards

Honors and Awards

  • 2019, Inducted as a Fellow into the New York Academy of Medicine
  • 2019 Top Physicians Under 40 Award; presented at the National Medical Association’s national meeting in Honolulu, Hawaii, July 27-31, 2019.
  • Named to 2017 Edition of The Leading Physicians of the World and Top Gastroenterologists in New York, New York
  • 2014, American College of Gastroenterology Presidential Poster Award in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Clinical Vignette Category (Philadelphia, PA) 
  • 2010, Academic Pediatric Association New Century Scholar, (Vancouver)


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Pediatrics
  • American Board of Pediatrics (Pediatric Gastroenterology)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Pediatrician - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

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


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

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

  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee Managed Care Plan
  • Aetna Weill Cornell Employee PPO Plan
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/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 - Blue Access
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - Blue Connection
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - EPO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield - HMO
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus
  • Empire Blue Cross/Blue Shield HealthPlus - CHP
  • Fidelis Care
  • GHI - CBP
  • Health First
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP)
  • Health Insurance Plan of NY (HIP) - Medicaid
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Oxford Health Plans - Freedom
  • Oxford Health Plans - Liberty
  • Oxford Health Plans - Metro/Core/Charter
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark
  • United Empire
  • United Healthcare
  • United Healthcare - Community Plan
  • United Healthcare Compass
  • VNSNY CHOICE - Medicare
  • WellCare of NY
  • WorldWide Medical

Locations and Appointments

External Relationships

External Relationships

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No External Relationships Reported