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Spotlight: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Columbus, OH - January 2016

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition was ranked among the top six programs by U.S. News & World Report, while Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized on the U.S. News Honor Roll, the list of the nation’s top 12 children’s hospitals.

Gastroenterology Division Chief Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, began serving the second and final year as president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) in October. Dr. Di Lorenzo and several other Nationwide Children’s faculty members are active with the organization and presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Desale Yacob, MD,was named medical director for the Motility Center in 2015. Dr. Yacob has been an attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s since 2009. As medical director he leads a multi-faceted team of pediatric specialists, surgeons, and other professionals. Dr. Yacob is also an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Miguel Saps, MD,was named director of research for the Motility Center. A renowned expert in pediatric motility disorders, Dr. Saps came to Nationwide Children’s from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. At Nationwide Children’s he leads research into functional gastrointestinal disorders including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation in children. Dr. Saps is also a professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Karla Vaz, MD, MEd, joined the GI faculty in 2015. Dr. Vaz completed her pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition fellowship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. At Nationwide Children’s she is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist and member of the Motility Center team. She is also an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Amy Donegan, CPNP-PC, was elected president of the Association of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses (APGNN). Amy has been a member of APGNN for more than 10 years. At Nationwide Children’s she is a member of the IBD Center team. She is also an assistant professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Current Research and Clinical Innovations

Thiopurines Disappoint in Real-World Crohn’s Care
Real-world outcomes for pediatric patients with Crohn’s disease on thiopurines may differ from those described in initial RCT data.

Crohn’s Disease Not Exempt From Racial Disparities
Study finds significant differences in Crohn’s disease outcomes related to race.

Preventive Measure Reduces Bloodstream Infections in Children with Intestinal Failure
Study demonstrates that adding ethanol as part of central catheter care reduces infection rates in children with intestinal failure.

Infection’s Link to Functional GI Disorders
Role of acute infection in subsequent FGIDs may point to new interventions.

Read more research and clinical innovations in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

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