Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Providing Outstanding Care for a Range of Digestive, Liver and Nutritional Problems
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Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
At the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, our diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities are some of the most advanced in the world. From the child with rumination syndrome or gastroparesis to those with food allergies or constipation, we are blazing the trail to best possible outcomes for our patients.
About the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Ranked consistently as a top 10 digestive disorders program by U.S.News & World Report, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. We strive for excellence in research, teaching and clinical care, and maintain a team of physician-scientists committed to the creation of new knowledge in the discipline.
Our gastroenterologists are highly trained pediatric physicians who are skilled in the full range of digestive and liver diseases and disorders, and dedicated to the highest level of care. Each physician specializes in a particular area of the digestive tract, providing our patients with in-depth knowledge and understanding of their conditions. These physicians work as a team with pediatric nurse practitioners to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases and disorders, while collaborating with other specialists, such as dietitians and behavioral and developmental psychologists, to provide comprehensive, coordinated care for each child.
Each year, patients travel from across the United States and around the world to our GI program.
Meet Our Team
Our gastroenterologists are highly trained pediatric subspecialists who are skilled in treating the full range of digestive and liver diseases and disorders. Many have additional training and experience in unique focus areas. Surgeons, interventional radiologists and other related subspecialists are important members of the physician team.
Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, is Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital where he holds the Robert F. and Edgar T. Wolfe Foundation Endowed Chair in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.
Pediatric gastroenterologist Ivor Hill, MD, MB, ChB, DCH, FCP(SA), FAAP, is medical director of the Celiac Disease Center. One of the leading clinicians and researchers in childhood celiac disease, Dr. Hill has been instrumental in raising awareness of the disease in the United States. Notably, he was the chair of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) committee that developed the first evidence-based guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease in children.
Our Featured Programs
Being gluten free is difficult. Our expert team helps patients with celiac disease and their families learn how to avoid gluten in their diets and to recover from the intestinal damage and related symptoms they have experienced.
Our nationally recognized center uses a specialized, multidisciplinary approach to provide expert, comprehensive care for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We provide intensive support through clinical management, patient and family education, dietary guidance and counseling.
We offer expertise in parenteral and enteral support assessment, management and follow-up as well as management of complications associated with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. Care is provided in both the outpatient clinic and when patients need to be admitted.
Our center is an integral part of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s, caring for a wide range of liver diseases through medical management and surgery.
Families travel from across the country and around the world to receive care from our experts in pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders. These physicians specialize in the evaluation and management of previously unexplained causes of pediatric gastrointestinal dysmotility.
Our center provides comprehensive multidisciplinary care for patients suffering from diseases of the pancreas. Our multidisciplinary team focuses on treating the patient as a whole to achieve the best possible outcomes and quality of life.
Steven H. Erdman, MD, has built a national reputation caring for children and adolescents with hereditary polyp disorders and colorectal cancer syndromes.
Rumination syndrome is an uncommon, often misunderstood, and frequently misdiagnosed gastrointestinal condition. Oftentimes, patients undergo multiple testing before an accurate diagnosis is made.
Sacral nerve stimulation (SNS) is a promising new technique offered to children who experience urinary and/or fecal incontinence or chronic constipation after other treatments have been unsuccessful. Patients meet with a multi-disciplinary team that determines the individualized treatment plan.
GI Outpatient Clinics
Gastroenterology holds outpatient clinics on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as at other locations in the community. Please note the locations below and follow the links for maps and directions. For clinic questions, call the main GI clinic number at (614) 722-3450.
Meet Our Patients
At Nationwide Children's Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, we realize that emotional support is every bit as important as medical treatment. That’s why we want you to meet some of our patients, who, like you, are dealing with the daily challenges of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. Some will give you tips on successful methods for helping with the countless things you encounter on a day-to-day basis, while many also will give you their contact information, so you can get to know them even better!
Name: Taylor N.
Age Today: 10 Years
Taylor was initially seen by her pediatrician due to having accidents in her clothes. A NCH, she was diagnosed with encopresis. She was given medicine. We had a plan for a clean out.
Name: Izabella S.
Condition(s): Small bowel atresia
Age Today: 4 Years
Izabella was born 6 weeks early on Good Friday 2015. They told us 3 weeks earlier that she would possibly need surgery on her intestines because they found a blockage on the ultrasound. The day after she was born she was rushed into emergency surgery.
Name: Carrie W.
Condition(s): Rumination Syndrome
Age Today: 27 Years
When Carrie was 9-years-old, she broke her ankle. This turned into Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, a nerve condition that causes severe pain. After years of being told she was faking her pain, she found relief at Nationwide Children's.
Learn More About Our Clinical Studies
Many children and adolescents with GI disorders have painful and often embarrassing symptoms while others endure debilitating conditions that threaten their life and their way of living. Pediatric GI research is vital, as GI disorders are common among children, and have a tremendous impact on quality of life.
Clinical researchers at Nationwide Children's are committed to identifying new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of childhood diseases, taking research discoveries from the lab to the patient's bedside.
Inside the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
Meet Our Team
Learn more about Division Chief Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, and his team team of experts in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
Services We Offer
Learn more about the programs, diagnostic capabilities and treatment options offered by the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition holds outpatient clinics on the main campus of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, as well as at other convenient locations around Ohio.
Research and Innovation
The research we do today drives the treatments of tomorrow. Learn more about the work our researchers are doing to achieve best outcomes for kids everywhere.
Resources for Professionals
Whether referring a patient or searching for practice tools, we have the resources to make working with Nationwide Children's as simple as possible.
Conditions We Treat
- Abdominal Pain
- Anorectal Malformations or Imperforate Anus
- Chronic Constipation
- Chronic Intestinal Pseudo-Obstruction
- Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)
- Esophageal Spasm
- Failure to Thrive
- Failure to Thrive In Infants
- Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP)
- Fecal Incontinence
- Feeding Disorders
- Food Allergy
- Gas (Flatulence)
- Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) in Infants
- GI Bleeding (Upper and Lower)
- H. Pylori
- Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC)
- Hirschsprung Disease
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intussusception (Inpatient)
- Intussusception (Outpatient)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
- Liver Disease
- Meckel Diverticulum
- Necrotizing Enterocolitis (NEC)
- Painful Swallowing
- Persistent Diarrhea & Malabsorption
- Peutz Jeghers Syndrome (PJS)
- Rumination Syndrome
- Short Bowel Syndrome
- Swallowing Disorders
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