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


  • Anorectal Motility Studies
  • Capsule Endoscopy in Children
  • Colonoscopy in Children
  • EGD
  • 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 Problems 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 &


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology


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

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

    9:00 AM
    4:00 PM
    9:00 AM
    4:00 PM



Insurances Accepted

Please contact your insurance company directly prior to receiving services or care to confirm your coverage. Although we have made every effort to ensure this list is accurate, only your health insurance plan can provide complete information regarding your coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs.

1199 (SEIU)

  • 1199 (SEIU)


  • Aetna Assure Premier Plus
  • Aetna CCN
  • Aetna CoreSource
  • Aetna Coventry
  • Aetna FIDE-SNP
  • Aetna HMO
  • Aetna Medicare Managed Care
  • Aetna POS
  • Aetna PPO
  • Aetna Whole Health HMO
  • Aetna Whole Health PPO
  • Medsolutions
  • Meritan Health


  • Amerigroup Medicaid
  • Amerivantage


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


  • APWU Health Plan


  • Cigna HMO
  • Cigna Medicare Advantage
  • Cigna Open Access Plus
  • Cigna PPO
  • Cigna Supplemental
  • Great-West Healthcare (GWH)
  • Health Partners

Clover Health

  • Clover Medicare Advantage


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

Empire BCBS

  • Blue Priority
  • Direct HMO
  • Direct PPO
  • Empire BCBS EPO
  • Empire BCBS GEPO
  • Empire BCBS HealthPlus Gatekeeper (prefix VFG)
  • Empire BCBS HealthPlus Gatekeeper (prefix VJD)
  • Empire BCBS HMO
  • Empire BCBS Indemnity
  • Empire BCBS Medicare Advantage
  • Empire BCBS Medicare Advantage Plus
  • Empire BCBS POS
  • Empire BCBS PPO

Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

  • Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

First Health

  • First Health


  • GEHA Health Plan

Horizon BCBS

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

Horizon NJ Health

  • Horizon NJ Health Medicaid
  • Horizon NJ TotalCare (D-SNP)


  • Local 825
  • MagnaCare PPO

Mail Handlers

  • Mail Handlers Benefit Plan (MHBP)


  • Medicaid NJ


  • Medicare NJ


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

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care PPO


  • NALC Health Benefit Plan

Nippon Life Insurance Co of America

  • Nippon Life Benefits


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


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

Railroad Medicare

  • Railroad Medicare NJ

TRICARE North Region

  • DVA


  • UMR

United Healthcare Community and State

  • Dual Complete
  • UnitedHealthcare Community and State Medicaid (NJ FamilyCare)
  • UnitedHealthcare Community and State Medicare


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


  • Wellcare Ambetter
  • Wellcare Medicaid Managed Care
  • Wellcare Medicare Managed Care


About Shamila 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.

Honors & Awards

2020: Bergen Magazine Top Doctors

Education &

Education & Degrees

MBBS: Sri Ramachandra University


Harlem Hospital


University of Maryland, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology (American Board of Pediatrics)



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 ACInflammatory 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 TGVaccinating 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.