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Our Program: Pediatric Gastroenterology and GI Surgery

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition provides a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments related to the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas. Procedures performed include:

  • Endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts
  • Biopsy of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel, and liver
  • Polypectomy
  • Sclerotherapy of varices
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Tests of secretory function of the pancreas
  • pH probe testing for gastroesophageal reflux
  • Breath hydrogen testing

Experts
The staff of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition includes experts in general clinical pediatric gastroenterology, as well as  a broad range of specialty areas, including:

 

Special Programs
In conjunction with colleagues in the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology offers care in several interdisciplinary programs.

Hepatology Center
The Hepatology Center offers consultative services and comprehensive care for children with a wide range of hepatobiliary disorders. Services provided include:

  • Inpatient and outpatient consultation
  • Diagnosis using a variety of methods
  • Collaborative consultation and care with the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery
  • Care plan coordination
  • Long-term follow-up care
  • State-of-the-art clinical research

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center 
The IBD Center uses a team approach to provide each patient with the most advanced medical care available and compassionate family support. The center provides comprehensive and state-of-the-art clinical care to control the symptoms of IBD, and to improve the quality of life for children with the disease.

Intestinal Care and Rehabilitation Center 
Children’s Hospital’s Intestinal Care and Rehabilitation Center (ICARE) provides expert care for patients with complex intestinal disease. It follows children with poorly functioning intestines and provides expert care for children with complicated nutritional needs, including those on parenteral nutrition. The Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery and the transplant team participate in this center. In addition, Children’s small-bowel transplant program is one of the largest in the country.

Research

At Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, leading pediatric gastroenterologists are conducting laboratory and clinical research in pursuit of new and better therapies for disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas.

Laboratory Studies

The National Institutes of Health-funded laboratory of Mark E. Lowe, MD, PhD, is investigating lipases and the role the enzymes play in digestion and disease. A deeper understanding of lipases offers many possible benefits, including new therapies for acute pancreatitis, better ways to feed chronically ill infants, and more effective appetite control. Dr. Lowe is chief of pediatric gastroenterology at Children’s Hospital.

Visit the links below for more information on these studies:

 

Clinical Studies

Clinical research at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC investigates a wide range of issues related to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases and disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, liver, and pancreas, including the safety and efficacy of medications and procedures. Learn more about our clinical trials.