Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Report :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition 2014-2015 Annual Report

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Consistently ranked as a top digestive disorders program by U.S. News & World Report, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. The division strives for excellence in research, teaching and clinical care and maintains a team of physician-scientists committed to the creation of new knowledge in the discipline.
Our physicians work as a team with pediatric nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases and disorders while collaborating with other specialists, such as dietitians and behavioral and developmental psychologists, to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for each child.

In order to fulfill its mission to deliver the best possible care to every child with a gastrointestinal problem, in the past few years the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has developed multiple multidisciplinary clinics and services. In such clinics, pediatric gastroenterologists, surgeons, nurse practitioners, psychologists, dietitians and other subspecialists collaborate to deliver state-of-the-art, comprehensive evaluation and treatment to children with even the most complex gastrointestinal disorders.

The Motility Center at Nationwide Children’s leads the nation in the care of children with functional and motility disorders, under the leadership of Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of gastroenterology, and Desale Yacob, MD, the center’s medical director. During the past year, they have joined forces with Marc Levitt, MD, a world-renowned colorectal surgeon, to open the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s, which delivers sophisticated and comprehensive care to patients referred from all over the world.
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s is dramatically improving the outcome for children with inflammatory bowel disease by implementing quality improvement initiatives part of the national collaborative ImproveCareNow.
With the recruitment of Ivor Hill, MD, the division section chief, a multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s was established to focus on providing the best care to children with gluten-related disorders. The GI division provides unique expertise in diagnosing and treating hereditary polyposis disorders under the direction of Steven H. Erdman, MD, who has built an international reputation caring for children and adolescents with colorectal cancer syndromes as well as using unique diagnostic and therapeutic approaches, such as double balloon enteroscopy.
The Intestinal Support Service led by Jane Balint, MD, and Molly Dienhart, MD, continues to provide cutting-edge care to a large cohort of patients with intestinal failure, achieving among the best results in the country in the rehabilitation of infants with short bowel.
With the arrival in 2015 of Miguel Saps, MD, the division has also started a multidisciplinary abdominal pain rehabilitation clinic. Eosinophilic esophagitis, bone health, cystic fibrosis, aerodigestive disorders, muscular dystrophy and autism spectrum disorders represent other examples of specialized clinics where our physicians work closely with other pediatric specialists to optimize the care delivered.
The division offers one of only two fellowships in motility—highly specialized training in a subspecialty of gastroenterology—in the country. As part of the Stecker Scholar Program at Nationwide Children’s, the division provides opportunities for collaboration to physicians from the University of Amsterdam each year.

2014-2015 Grants Awarded


Boyle, Brendan
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Crandall, Wallace
Risk Stratification and Identification of Immunogenetic and Microbial Markers of Rapid Disease Progression in Children with Crohn's Disease
Emory University
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
ImproveCareNow:  A Learning Health System for Children with Crohn's Disease & Ulcerative Colitis
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)
Pediatric PROMIS: Advancing the Measurement and Conceptualization of Child Health
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Gisser, Jonathan
Sunshine Study
Industry Sponsor
Pusateri, Antoinette
The impact of psychosocial factors on transition preparedness in adolescents with IBD
Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
Williams, Kent
Identifying Biomarkers of GI Morbidity in ASD: Linking Multi-omics and Human Behavior
Baylor College of Medicine
Autism Speaks

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Faculty

Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD
Division Chief

Ivor D. Hill, MD
Section Chief

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Selected Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Publications

Ciciora SL, Williams KC, Gariepy CE. The effects of amoxicillin and clavulanic acid on the spontaneous mechanical activity of juvenile rat duodenum. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015 Apr 2. [Epub ahead of print].

Dotson JL, Kappelman MD, Chisolm DJ, Crandall WV. Racial disparities in readmission, complications and procedures in children with Crohn’s disease. Inflammatory Bowel Disease. 2015 Apr;21(4):801-8.

Ofei S, Boyle B, Ediger T, Hill I. Adherence to endoscopy biopsy guidelines for celiac disease: a pediatric institutional analysis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2015 Apr 24. [Epub ahead of print].

Pensabene L, Talarico V, Concolino D, Ciliberto D, Campanozzi A, Gentile T, Rutigliano V, Salvatore S, Staiano A, Di Lorenzo C; Post-Infectious Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Study Group of the Italian Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Postinfectious functional gastrointestinal disorders in children: a multicenter prospective study. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2015 Apr;166(4):903-7.

Tabbers MM, Di Lorenzo C, Berger MY, Faure C, Langendam MW, Nurko S, Staiano A, Vandenplas Y, Benninga MA; European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition; North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology. Evaluation and treatment of functional constipation in infants and children: evidencebased recommendations from ESPGHAN and NASPGHAN. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2014 Feb; 58(2):258-74.

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