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Spotlight: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

(From the January 2015 Issue of PediatricsOnline)

The past year marked another period of growth for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s. Notably, the program was ranked among the top eight programs by U.S. News & World Report, while Nationwide Children’s Hospital was recognized among the top seven children’s hospitals on the U.S. News Honor Roll. The division also experienced expansion of clinical programs and continued research.

Gastroenterology Division Chief Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, began a two-year term as president of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) in October. Several Nationwide Children’s faculty members are active with the organization and presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Atlanta.

In addition, Nationwide Children’s established the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction in 2014 with the recruitment of internationally known colorectal surgeon Marc Levitt, MD. The first-of-its-kind center combines Dr. Levitt’s pediatric surgical expertise with Gastroenterology’s renowned Motility Center. The center also combines specialists from urology and gynecological services to create a resource for children with complex colorectal issues to see all specialists within a collaborative team. Dr. Di Lorenzo is medical director of the new center and Dr. Levitt serves as surgical director, as well as director of the newly established Pediatric Colorectal Fellowship.

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