Shamila Balkis Zawahir, MD

Shamila Balkis Zawahir, MD

Shamila Balkis Zawahir, MD

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

It is an honor to be entrusted with the care of your child.  I endeavor to treat my patient as a whole individual and to develop treatment goals and a plan of care in conjunction with their families.  Working together we can get them back to the activities that they love.  

Specialties, Procedures &
Conditions Treated

Primary Areas of Practice

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

Procedures

  • Anorectal Motility Studies
  • Capsule Endoscopy in Children
  • Colonoscopy in Children
  • Esophageal Motility Studies
  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Feeding Tube Placement (Endoscopic) in Children
  • Flexible Sigmoidoscopy
  • Polypectomy
  • Rectal Biopsy
  • Secretin Stimulation Test

Conditions Treated

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Celiac Disease
  • Childhood Obesity
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Esophageal Atresia
  • Esophageal Disorders
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Feeding Problem in Infants and Children
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorder
  • GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Jaundice
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Pediatric Crohn's Disease
  • Pediatric Food Allergy
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Pediatric Nutrition
  • Pediatric Nutritional Disorders
  • Pediatric Pancreatic Disease
  • Pediatric Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Ulcerative Colitis in Children
  • Vomiting in Children, Persistent

Locations &
Appointments

Locations

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    350 Engle Street 3rd Floor Medical Suites Englewood, NJ 07631

    Main: 201-608-2775
    Fax: 201-894-5286

Insurance

Insurances Accepted

Below is a list of the insurance plans that your provider participates in. It is very important that you contact your insurance company prior to receiving services or care. Each health insurance plan is different and some provide different levels of coverage: only your health insurance plan can provide complete information regarding your coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs.

1199 (SEIU)

  • 1199 (SEIU)

Aetna

  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
  • Medsolutions
  • Meritan Health

Amerigroup

  • Amerivantage
  • Amerigroup Medicaid

AmeriHealth

  • AmeriHealth HMO
  • AmeriHealth PPO
  • Value Network (Exchange Plan)
  • AmeriHealth Administrator

APWU

  • APWU Health Plan

Cigna

  • Great-West Healthcare (GWH)
  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Supplemental
  • Health Partners

Clover Health

  • Clover Health

CoreSource

  • CoreSource

Coventry

  • CCN

EmblemHealth

  • EmblemHealth EPO
  • EmblemHealth EPO2
  • EmblemHealth FEHB
  • EmblemHealth FEHBP
  • EmblemHealth GHI PPO
  • EmblemHealth GHI CBP
  • EmblemHealth National
  • EmblemHealth PPO1
  • EmblemHealth PPO2
  • EmblemHealth PPO3
  • EmblemHealth Tri-State
  • Vytra

Empire BCBS

  • Blue Access Network
  • Blue Priority
  • Direct HMO
  • Direct POS
  • Empire BCBS EPO
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • Pathway EPO
  • Pathway HMO
  • Empire BCBS POS
  • Empire BCBS PPO
  • Prism
  • Silver
  • Total Blue

Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

  • Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

First Health

  • First Health

GEHA

  • GEHA Health Plan

Horizon BCBS

  • Federal Employee Program
  • Horizon BCBS EPO
  • Horizon BCBS HMO
  • Horizon BCBS Medicare Managed Care
  • Horizon BCBS PPO
  • OMNIA Tier 1
  • NJ Carpenters Fund
  • Traditional

Horizon NJ Health

  • Horizon NJ Health Medicaid

MagnaCare

  • Local 825
  • MagnaCare PPO

Mail Handlers

  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)

Medicaid

  • Medicaid NJ

Medicare

  • Medicare NJ

MultiPlan/PHCS

  • Beech Street
  • MultiPlan Humana
  • MultiPlan Worker's Comp
  • PHCS
  • Pomco

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care PPO

NALC

  • NALC Health Benefit Plan

Nippon Life Insurance Co of America

  • Nippon Life Benefits

Oxford

  • Freedom
  • Garden State Network
  • Liberty
  • Metro
  • Oxford Medicare

QualCare

  • Choice Care
  • QualCare EPO
  • QualCare FEHB
  • QualCare GHI PPO
  • HIP HMO
  • HIP PPO
  • HIP PRIME HMO
  • HIP PRIME PPO
  • QualCare HMO
  • QualCare Humana
  • Oscar
  • QualCare PPO
  • QualCare Worker's Comp

Railroad Medicare

  • Railroad Medicare NJ

TRICARE North Region

  • DVA
  • CHAMPVA

UMR

  • UMR

UnitedHealthcare

  • AARP
  • Commercial and Marketplace
  • Compass Benefit (Exchange)
  • UnitedHealthcare EPO
  • UnitedHealthcare HMO
  • Medica
  • UnitedHealthcare POS
  • UnitedHealthcare PPO
  • River Valley
  • UnitedHealthcare StudentResources

United Healthcare Community and State

  • United Healthcare Community and State Medicare
  • United Healthcare Community and State Medicaid (NJ Family Care)
  • Dual Complete

Wellcare

  • Wellcare Medicaid Managed Care
  • Wellcare Medicare Managed Care

About

About Shamila Balkis Zawahir

Dr. Zawahir is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology. She diagnoses and treats children of all ages with gastrointestinal disorders. Her clinical interests include celiac disease, chronic abdominal pain, constipation, gastrointestinal bleeding, inflammatory bowel disease and irritable bowel syndrome, nutritional disorders, food allergies, and reflux. She received her MBBS from Sri Ramachandra University in Chennai, India, followed by her general pediatrics residency at Harlem Hospital Center (an affiliate of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons), where she was chief resident, and a pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition fellowship at University of Maryland Children’s Hospital. She is a co-author of several book chapters and scientific publications on gastrointestinal disorders in children and was an assistant professor of pediatrics at University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Education &
Training

Education & Degrees

MBBS: Sri Ramachandra University

Residency

Harlem Hospital

Fellowship

University of Maryland, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Board Certifications

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Publications

Publications

  • Watkins R, Zawahir S. Celiac DIsease and Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity. Pediatr Clin North Am 64 (3). 563-576. 6 2017
  • Zawahir S, Li G, Banerjee A, Shiu J, Blanchard TG, Okogbule-Wonodi AC
    Inflammatory and Immune Activation in Intestinal Myofibroblasts Is Developmentally Regulated. J Interferon Cytokine Res. 2015 Aug;35(8):634-40
  • Zawahir S, Czinn SJ, Nedrud, JG, Blanchard TG
    Vaccinating Against H. pylori in the Developing World. Gut Microbes. 2013 Nov-Dec; 4(6):568-76
  • Zawahir S, Safta A, Fasano A, Pediatric Celiac Disease. Curr Opin Pediatr. 2009 Oct;21(5):655-60.
  • Zawahir S, Blanchard S. GI Bleeding. In: NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2nd Edition. NASPGHAN 2017. 49-58.
  • Neigut D, Zawahir S, Blanchard S, Fox V. Gastritis (Non-H. pylori). In: NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2nd Edition. NASPGHAN 2017. 69-76.
  • Zawahir S, Blanchard S. Helicobacter pylori. In: NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2nd Edition. NASPGHAN 2017. 77-82.
  • Zawahir S, Blanchard S. Bhatia T, Hurtado C. Moya D. Polyps and polypectomy In: NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2nd Edition. NASPGHAN 2017. 319-326.
  • Paul A, Zawahir S. Hirschsprung's Disease and Disorders of Intestinal Aganglionosis. In: Pohl JF, Gelfond D, Jolley C. Pediatric Gastroenterology: A Color Handbook. CRC Press. 2014.
  • Zawahir S, Blanchard S. Gastritis. In: Sondheimer JM and Hurtado CW eds.NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. New York. Castle Connelly Publishing, Ltd. 2011, 47-52.
  • Zawahir S, Blanchard S. H. pylori. In: Sondheimer JM and Hurtado CW eds. NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. New York. Castle Connelly Publishing, Ltd. 2011, 53-56.