Nationwide Children’s Pediatric Gastroenterologist Kent Williams, MD, has been selected as the co-chair for the Autism Treatment Network’s Gastroenterology committee for the next two years. This committee is responsible for establishing guidelines and recommendations for treatment of GI issues in children with autism spectrum disorders. The committee also establishes priorities for education and research of GI disorders in children with autism spectrum disorders. Nationwide Children’s is one of 17 sites in Autism Speaks’ Autism Treatment Network.
Dr. Williams’ clinical interests involve all aspects of pediatric gastroenterology, with a special interest in GI disorders in children with autism spectrum disorders. An investigator at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s and The Ohio State University, he conducts basic and translational research into the mechanisms that cause functional gastrointestinal disorders, such as abdominal pain, constipation, and reflux, in children with autism.