Ala Shaikhkhalil, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist and physician nutrition specialist at Nationwide Children’s, and an assistant professor of clinical pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. In addition to her training in pediatric gastroenterology at Nationwide Children’s, Dr. Shaikhkhalil completed a fellowship in pediatric nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Her specialty interest is in nutrition and its role in children’s health and growth, in addition to the role nutrition plays in various disease processes including inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, celiac disease, and eosinophilic disorders. Dr. Shaikhkhalil participates in multidisciplinary clinics for children and adolescents with nutrition-related bone health concerns and cystic fibrosis.
Her research focused on the role of zinc in growth and body composition of extremely preterm infants, a vulnerable group that suffers from poor growth after birth and is at risk of zinc deficiency. She has presented her work at numerous national conferences and received “Abstract of Distinction” awards at Clinical Nutrition Week in 2011 and 2013.