Miguel Saps, MD, Named Director of Research for the Motility Center at Nationwide Childrens Hospital

May 26, 2015

Miguel Saps, MD, has joined the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as an attending gastroenterologist and director of research for the Motility Center. He is also professor of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Dr. Saps is an internationally recognized expert in pediatric motility disorders. Prior to joining Nationwide Children’s, he led the gastrointestinal motility and functional bowel disorders program at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago.

Dr. Saps is an active member of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) and chairs its International Committee. He is also active with the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS), serving as councilor, and as vice chair of the Clinical Practice, Coding and Billing Committee. In addition, Dr. Saps is a member of the Rome IV Committee that focuses on functional gastrointestinal disorders in children and adolescents.

In his new role, Dr. Saps will be leading research into functional gastrointestinal disorders including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and constipation in children.

“As an internationally recognized specialist in pediatric motility and functional disorders, Dr. Saps’ expertise further advances the research and care our Motility Center is able to provide to patients,” said Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s.

Dr. Saps attended medical school at the Universidad de la Republica in Montevideo, Uruguay, and then specialized in pediatrics at Hospital Pereyra-Rossell in Montevideo, Uruguay. He then completed a residency at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. and a fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

He has consistently been named among America’s “Best Doctors” and has received numerous recognitions throughout his career, including the World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition Young Investigator Award, the American College of Gastroenterology Governors Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, and the International Foundation for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders - Junior Pediatric Investigator, Basic or Clinical Science Award.

About the Motility Center at Nationwide Children’s
From behavioral-related motility problems to complex gastrointestinal disorders, Nationwide Children’s Hospital motility specialists are pioneering innovative tests and treatments to both help families understand the reasons for their children’s symptoms and give them new hope in the ongoing pursuit of treating childhood digestive disorders. The Motility Center, as part of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition uses advanced diagnostic techniques that are only offered a few places in the world. They treat patients using a comprehensive biopsychosocial approach and are committed to research to uncover new, more effective treatment options.

About the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s
Ranked consistently as a top 10 digestive disorders program by U.S. News & World Report, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. With more than $5 million in external research funding relating to gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Nationwide Children’s is a national leader in the generation of new knowledge relating to these fields. The GI program has a long history of contributions to laboratory, clinical and translational research, and continues to be on the cutting edge of research in a broad array of areas.

Miguel Saps, MD, has joined the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as an attending gastroenterologist and director of research for the Motility Center.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2017-18 list of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric healthcare systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of nearly 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.4 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at NationwideChildrens.org.