Desalegn Yacob, MD :: Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, Ohio

Contact Information

Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition
700 Children's Dr
Columbus, OH 43205 [ map ]
PH: (614) 722-3450
FX: (614) 722-3454

Location Information for Patients

Main Campus


Desale Yacob, MD, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s and Medical Director of the GI Motility Center. He is also Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He attended the University of Virginia for both his undergraduate and medical education. After completing his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk Virginia he came to Columbus where he completed his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. His clinical interests span all areas of pediatric gastroenterology including motility disorders and functional gastrointestinal disorders. As Medical Director of the Motility Center, he evaluates and helps take care of children referred from around the nation. He also has a special interest in endoscopic procedures. Dr. Yacob’s research interest is in the area of functional gastrointestinal disorders and neurogastrointestinal disorders. He is also a member of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction. He is named among the “Best Doctors in America.”


  • Male

Languages Spoken:

  • English

Research Interests

Education and Training

Medical School

  • University of Virginia School of Medicine
    Date Completed: 05/19/2002


  • Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters Hospit
    Date Completed: 06/30/2005


  • Nationwide Children's Hospital
    Date Completed: 06/30/2009


  • Pediatrics


  • Gastroenterology & Hepatology & Nutrition


  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatrics

Date of Appointment at Nationwide Children’s Hospital:

  • 07/01/2009


  • Lu,P,L; Moore-Clingenpeel,M; Yacob,D; Di Lorenzo,C; Mousa,H,M. 2016. The rising cost of hospital care for children with gastroparesis: 2004-2013.  Neurogastroenterology and motility. Vol. 28, no. 11. (November): 1698-1704.
  • Koppen,Ilan,JN; Kuizenga-Wessel,Sophie; Lu,Peter,L; Benninga,Marc,A; di Lorenzo,Carlo; Lane,Victoria,A; Levitt,Marc,A; Wood,Richard,J; Yacob,Desale. 2016. Surgical decision-making in the management of children with intractable functional constipation: What are we doing and are we doing it right?.  Journal of pediatric surgery. Vol. 51, no. 10. (October): 1607-1612.
  • Lodwick,Daniel; Dienhart,Molly; Ambeba,Erica; Yacob,Desalegn; Balint,Jane; Bates,D,Gregory; Minneci,Peter,C. 2016. Accuracy of radiographic estimation of small bowel dimensions in pediatric patients with short bowel syndrome.  JOURNAL OF PEDIATRIC SURGERY. Vol. 51, no. 6. (June): 953-956.
  • Wood,Richard,J; Yacob,Desale; Levitt,Marc,A. 2016. Surgical options for the management of severe functional constipation in children.  CURRENT OPINION IN PEDIATRICS. Vol. 28, no. 3. (June): 370-379.
  • Saps,Miguel; Velasco-Benítez,Carlos; Kovacic,Katja; Chelimsky,Gisela; Kovacic,Karlo; Yacob, Desalegn; Játiva Mariño,Edgar; Chanís,Ricardo; Zablah,Roberto. 2016. High Prevalence of Nausea among School Children in Latin America.  Journal of Pediatrics. Vol. 169, no. February: 98-104 e1.
  • Koppen,Ilan,JN; di Lorenzo,Carlo; Saps,Miguel; Dinning,Phil,G; Yacob,Desale; Levitt,Marc,A; Benninga,Marc,A. 2016. Childhood constipation: finally something is moving!.  Expert review of gastroenterology & hepatology. Vol. 10, no. 1. (January): 141-155.
  • Alioto, A., Yacob, D, Yardley, H., & Di Lorenzo, C. 2015. Inpatient Treatment of Rumination Syndrome: Outcomes and Lessons Learned.  Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology,. Vol. 3, no. No. 4. (January): 304-313.
  • Yacob,Desale; di Lorenzo,Carlo; Bridge,Jeffrey,A; Rosenstein,Patricia,Fine; Onorato,Matthew; Bravender,Terrill; Campo,John,V. 2013. Prevalence of Pain-Predominant Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Somatic Symptoms in Patients with Anxiety or Depressive Disorders.  JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS. Vol. 163, no. 3. (September): 767-770.
  • Yacob D, DiLorenzo D, Bridge JA, Rosenstein PF, Onorato M, Bravender T, Camp JV. 2013. Prevalence of Pain-Predominant Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders and Somatic Symptoms in Patients with Anxiety of Depressive Disorders.  J. Pediatr. Vol. S0022-3476, no. 13. (March): 240-2.
  • Raman,Vidya; Yacob,Desale; Tobias,Joseph,D. 2012. Dexmedetomidine-ketamine sedation during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy in a patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and egg allergy.  International journal of critical illness and injury science. Vol. 2, no. 1. (January): 40-43.
  • Yacob D. 2012. Pain predominant functional gastrointestinal disorders in Adolescents. Singapore; Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific.
  • Raman V, Yacob D, Tobias JD. 2012. Dexmedetomidine-ketamine sedation during upper gastrointestinal endoscopy and biopsy in a patient with Duchenne muscular dystrophy and egg allergy.  Int J Crit Illn Inj Sci. Vol. 2, no. 1. (January): 40-3.
  • Yacob,D; Di Lorenzo,C. 2011. What do we really need in the workup of abdominal pain?.  Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition. Vol. 53, no. December: S37-8.
  • Yacob, D. 2011. Pain predominant gastrointestinal disorders in Adolescents. In Adolescent Medicine Today, A Guide to Caring for the Adolescent Patient. 1 ed. Edited by Berlan E, Bravender T. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific Pub Co Inc.
  • Shaikhkhalil A, Yacob D. 2011. Cystic Fibrosis. In The NASPGHAN Fellow Concise Review of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Edited by Sondheimer J, Wassdrop Hurtado C. New York, NY: Castle Connolly Graduate Medical Publishing.
  • Yacob D; Di Lorenzo C. 2009. Functional Abdominal Pain: All Roads Lead to Rome (Criteria).  PEDIATRIC ANNALS. Vol. 38, no. 5. (May): 253-258.
  • Yacob, D, DiLorenzo, C. 2009. Function abdominal pain: All roads lead to Rome.  Pediatric Annals. Vol. 38, no. 5. (May): 253-8.
  • Lu PL, Asti L, Lodwick DL, Nacion KM, Deans KJ, Minneci PC, Teich S, Alpert SA, Yacob D, Di Lorenzo C, Mousa HM. Sacral nerve stimulation allows for decreased antegrade continence enema use in children with severe constipation.  J Pediatr Surg.
  • Yacob D, DiLorenzo C. How to Deal with Pediatric Functional GI Disorders.  Current Prediatrics Reports.
  • Dienhart M C, Yacob D and Balint J P. 0. Cross Digestion Principles: Gastric Grinding and Gastrointestinal Motility. Edited by Corkins M, Balint J, Plogsted S, Bobo E, Yaworski J.
  • Alioto A, Di Lorenzo C, Montgomery M, Yacob D. High Cost and Low Yield: The Diagnostic Evaluation of Rumination Syndrome in Pediatrics.  . Journal of Pediatrics.
  • Koppen IJ, Yacob D, Di Lorenzo C, Saps M, Benninga MA, Cooper JN, Minneci PC, Deans KJ, Bates DG, Thompson BP. Assessing colonic manometry normal values based on air contrast enemas in children younger than 6 years.  Pediatr Radiol..
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