Gastroenterology/Hepatology and Nutrition
We Help Children With Intestinal, Liver and Nutritional Problems
Children with digestive disorders may experience a range of unpleasant physical symptoms, such as constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, gastrointestinal bleeding and abdominal pain. Chronic problems like constipation or encopresis (soiling) can be socially and emotionally traumatic for both the patient and the family. Liver diseases can also be life-threatening. Our team of specialists works aggressively to provide a comprehensive, personalized care plan for each child to improve health and ensure quality of life.
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition includes board certified pediatric gastroenterology specialists and nurse specialists. Our team cares for children with disorders of the digestive tract (esophagus, stomach and intestines), liver and pancreas. We provide comprehensive evaluations, individualized treatment plans and extensive education for families.
Ten board certified physicians lead the gastroenterology team at Riley. The team performs more than 2,000 endoscopic procedures a year and works to provide comprehensive care for children with intestinal, liver or nutritional problems. Gastroenterology issues, whether acute or chronic, affect the quality of a patient's life. We help patients manage both common and rare gastrointestinal conditions and offer clinics specializing in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, liver disease, allergic esophagitis, short bowel, cystic fibrosis, obesity and GI motility disorders.
Ranked 26th in Gastroenterology.
When Treating Your Child, Experience Matters
- Our pediatric gastroenterologists are faculty members of the Indiana University School of Medicine. Along with excellent patient care, our division is engaged in clinical research and offers a highly regarded pediatric gastroenterology fellowship training program.
- Our 13 pediatric gastroenterology specialists are fellowship trained, meaning they completed three years of post-graduate training in pediatrics.
- The pediatric gastroenterology division was one of the first programs of its kind in the country and was founded in 1969 by Dr. Joseph Fitzgerald, who is considered a pioneer in the field of pediatric gastroenterology.
- Because Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health is a regional referral hospital, our team performs more than 2200 pediatric endoscopy procedures and cares for more than 200 new pediatric liver patients each year.
- Each year our pediatric gastroenterologists are asked to speak at national conferences, give lectures at other medical schools and teaching hospitals, and publish articles on our gastrointestinal and liver disease research.