About Our Pediatric Gastroenterology and GI Surgery Program

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 Program

The Hepatology Program 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 UPMC 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

UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 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.

Visit the links below for more information on these studies:

Clinical Studies

Clinical research at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh 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 studies.

Pediatric Gastroenterology and GI Surgery Publications from UPMC