Desale Yacob, MD, Named Medical Director for the Motility Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital

June 23, 2015

Desale Yacob, MD, attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, has recently been named medical director for the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition’s Motility Center at Nationwide Children’s.

As medical director of the Motility Center, he leads a multi-faceted team of pediatric specialists, surgeons, and other professionals. Collectively, the team diagnoses and provides therapeutic interventions for children and young adults from across the country and abroad affected by severe gastrointestinal motility problems. Dr. Yacob’s research interest is in the area of functional neurogastrointestinal and motility disorders. He is also a member of the Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction at Nationwide Children’s. He is named among the “Best Doctors in America.”

Dr. Yacob, an assistant professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine, is also very active in medical student and resident education. He attended the University of Virginia for both his undergraduate and medical education. After completing his pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters in Norfolk Virginia he came to Columbus, where he completed his pediatric gastroenterology fellowship at Nationwide Children’s. His clinical interests span all areas of pediatric gastroenterology including motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders.

“Dr. Yacob’s expertise and leadership will further advance the 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.

About the Motility Center at Nationwide Children’s

From common functional GI disorders to more complex and rare neurogastrointestinal 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 performed by a few places in the world. The therapy that the center offers ranges from comprehensive biopsychosocial interventions to minimally invasive surgeries in collaboration with interventional radiologists and pediatric surgeons. They are equally committed to research in the pursuit of new and 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.

Desale Yacob, MD, has been named Medical Director for the Motility Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
Note to editors: Dr. Yacob is a resident of Powell, Ohio (43065)

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care 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 more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 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 Abigail Wexner 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