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Robert N. Baldassano, MD

Director, Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Colman Family Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, CHOP

Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Abstracts

2011

Hyams J, Damaraju L, Blank M, Hohanns J, Guzo C, Winter H, et al. A randomized, multicenter, open-label phase 3 study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of infliximab in pediatric patients with moderate to severe ulcerative colitis [abstract}. 44th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; 2011 May 25-28; Sorento, Italy.

Hyams JS, Griffiths A, Markowitz J, Baldassano RN, Faubion Jr. WA, Colletti RB, et al. Induction and maintenance adalimumab therapy for the treatment of moderate to severe Crohn's disease in children [abstract]. 6th Congress of the European Crohn's and Colitis Organization; 2011 Feb 24-26; Dublin, Ireland.

Awards

2011, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2011, America's Top Doctors 8th Edition, American Registry
2010, America's Top Doctors 8th Edition, American Registry
2010, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2008, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2008, America's Top Doctors 8th Edition, American Registry
2008, Best Doctors in America, 2008-2009
2007, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2007, America's Top Doctors 8th Edition, American Registry
2007, Best Doctors in America, 2007-2008
2006, Best Doctors in America 2005-2006
2006, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2006, America’s Top Doctors 6th edition, American Registry
2005, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2005, America’s Top Doctors 5th edition, American Registry
2004, Best Doctors in America 2004-2005
2004, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2003, America’s Top Doctors 3rd edition, American Registry
2003, Pediatric Resident Teaching Honor Roll, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
2002, Best Pediatricians in America, Best Doctors List
2002, Physician of the Year Award, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley
2001, David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Housestaff
2001, Doctors Who Make a Difference, Child Magazine
2001, Top Doctors for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
1993, Education Award for Excellence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Teaching, Research and Clinical Care, The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
1992, Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Pediatric Resident Teaching, Geisinger Medical Center
1990-1993, Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Research Fellowship Award, CHOP
1988, NIH Research Fellowship Award, University of Pennsylvania
1988, Pediatric Housestaff Humanitarian Award, CHOP

Books

Chapters

2006 

Jacobstein D, Baldassano RN. Pediatric considerations in medical therapy in patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In: Lichtenstein GR, editor. Inflammatory bowel disease: The complete guide to medical management. Philadelphia: Slack Inc.; 2006.

2004

Mamula P, Markowitz J, Baldassano RN. Clinical features and natural history of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (Chapter 21). In: Sartor RB, Sandborn WJ, editors. Kirsner’s inflammatory bowel diseases. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Company; 2004. p. 301-315.

Russo P, Brown K, Baldassano RN. Colitis in childhood (Chapter 5). In: Russo P, Rucchelli ED, Piccoli DA, editors. Pathology of pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disease. New York: Springer-Verlag Inc.; 2004. p. 100-127.

2003

Batres AL, Baldassano RN. Evaluation of the patient suspected of having inflammatory bowel disease (Chapter 16). In: Lichtenstein GR, editor. The clinical guide to inflammatory bowel disease. Thorofare: Slack Inc.; 2003. p. 315-324.

Batres AL, Baldassano RN. Special considerations for the pediatric and adolescent patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Chapter 17). In: Lichtenstein GR, editor. The clinical guide to inflammatory bowel disease. Thorofare: Slack Inc.; 2003. p. 325-342.

Mamula P, Markowitz J, Baldassano RN. Clinical features and natural history of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease In: Sandborn WJ, Sartor RB, editors. Kirsner’s inflammatory bowel disease. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Saunders Company; 2003.

1999

Baldassano RN. Crohn’s disease. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1999. p. 290-291.

Baldassano RN. Ulcerative colitis. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1999. p. 846-847

1997

Baldassano RN. Inflammatory bowel disease. In: Schwartz MW, Curry TA, Sargent AJ, Blum NJ, Fein J, editors. Pediatric primary care: a problem-oriented approach. 3rd ed.  Philadelphia: Mosby-Year Book, Inc.; 1997. p. 543-547. 

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

2006-present, Editorial Advisory Board, Gastroenterology and Hepatology
2003-present, Reviewer, Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology
2002-present, Section Editor, Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2001-present, Medical Editor, emedicine: PEDIATRICS, Medical Textbook for Health Professionals and Consumers
1997-present, Reviewer, Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
1996-present, Reviewer, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Academic committees

1997-present, Physician Compensation Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2001-present, Target TNF, Evolving the Course of Inflammatory Bowel Disease Therapy, International Round Table, Barcelona, Spain
1998-present, General Pediatrics Search Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Leadership

Memberships in professional organizations

International organizations

2004-present, World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
2006-present, International Consortium of Pediatric IBD Centers

  • Secretary, Pediatric IBD Quality Improvement Network
National organizations

1997-present, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

  • 2000-present, Executive Committee, National Clinical Alliance for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Pediatric Challenges in IBD Steering Committee
  • Genetics Focus Group
  • Clinical Trials Focus Group
  • Chapter Committee
  • 1996-present, Philadelphia/Delaware Valley Chapter
    • 2011, Oversight Committee, Pediatric Risk Stratification Project
    • 2005-present, Quality Improvement/Adverse Event Tracking Focus Group

Original Papers

2011

Gray WN, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Treatment adherence in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: the collective impact of barriers to adherence and anxiety/depressive symptoms. J Pediatr Psychol. Epub 2011 Nov 10. Cited in PubMed; PMID 22080456. Read the abstract

Gray WN, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Disease activity, behavioral dysfunction, and health-related quality of life in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Jul;17(7):1581-6. doi: 10.1002/ibd.21520. Epub 2010 Nov 4. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21674715. Read the abstract

Hommel KA, Denson LA, Baldassano RN. Oral medication adherence and disease severity in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Eur J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2011 Mar;23(3):250-4. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21304318. Read the abstract

Odell S, Sander E, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. The contributions of child behavioral functioning and parent distress to family functioning in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Clin Psychol Med Settings. 2011 Mar;18(1):39-45. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21359503. Read the abstract 

Herzer M, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Patient and parent psychosocial factors associated with health-related quality of life in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2011 Mar;52(3):295-9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21295708. Read the abstract 

Guilfoyle SM, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Paediatric parenting stress in inflammatory bowel disease: application of the Pediatric Inventory for Parents. Child Care Health Dev. Epub 2011 Feb 7. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2010.01200.x. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21299591. Read the abstract

Anderson CA, Boucher G, Lees CW, Franke A, D'Amato M, Taylor KD, et al. Meta-analysis identifies 29 additional ulcerative colitis risk loci, increasing the number of confirmed associations to 47. Nat Genet. 2011 Mar;43(3):246-52. Epub 2011 Feb 6. Erratum in: Nat Genet. 2011 Sep;43(9):919. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21297633. Read the article

Hommel KA, Odell S, Sander E, Baldassano RN, Barg FK. Treatment adherence in paediatric inflammatory bowel disease: perceptions from adolescent patients and their families. Health Soc Care Community. 2011 Jan;19(1):80-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2524.2010.00951.x. Epub 2010 Sep 9. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21143544. Read the abstract

Kelsen JR, Kim J, Latta D, Smathers S, McGowan KL, Zaoutis T, et al. Recurrence rate of clostridium difficile infection in hospitalized pediatric patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2011 Jan;17(1):50-5. doi: 10:1002/ibd.21421. Epub 2010 Aug 18. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20711068. Read the abstract

Rossin EJ, Lage K, Raychaudhuri S, Xavier RJ, Tatar D, Benita Y, et al. Proteins encoded in genomic regions associated with immune-mediated disease physically interact and suggest underlying biology. PLoS Genet. 2011 Jan 13;7(1):31001273. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21249183. Read the article 

2010

Gray WN, Denson LA, Baldassano RN, Hommel KA. Disease activity, behavioral dysfunction, and health-related quality of life in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. Epub 2010 Nov 4. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21053329. Read the article

Hommel KA, Baldassano RN. Brief report: barriers to treatment adherence in pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. J Pediatr Psychol. 2010 Oct;35(9):1005-10. Epub 2009 Dec 21. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20026567. Read the article 

Thayu M, Denson LA, Shults J, Zemel BS, Burnham JM, Baldassano RN, et al. Determinants of changes in linear growth and body composition in incident pediatric Crohn's disease. Gastroenterology. 2010 Aug;139(2):430-8. Epub 2010 Apr 22. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20417635. Read the article

Gupta N, Bostrom AG, Kirschner BS, Ferry GD, Gold BD, Cohen SA, et al. Incidence of structuring and penetrating complications of Crohn’s disease diagnosed in pediatric patients. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 16(4)638-44, Apr 2010. Read the abstract

Kelsen JR, Rosh J, Heyman M, Winter HS, Ferry G, Cohen S, et al. Phase I trial of sargramostim in pediatric Crohn's disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2010 Jul; 16(7):1203-8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20052780. Read the article 

Posters and Presentations

2011

Baldassano RN. Genetics, diet and the microbiome in IBD [presentation]. Frontiers in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Simches Research Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; 2011 Jun; Boston, MA.

Baldassano RN. Unveiling the complex etiology of inflammatory bowel disease [presentation]. Grand Rounds, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2011 May; Philadelphia, PA.

Grossman A, Procopi T, Piccoli DA, Baldassano RN. ImproveCareNow: a quality improvement collaborative for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease [poster presentation]. First Annual Patient Safety and Quality Day, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2011 May 26; Philadephia, PA.

Baldassano RN. What role does enteral nutrition have in therapy? [presentation]. Great Debates and Updates in Inflammatory Bowel Disease; 2011 Apr; New York, NY.

Baldassano RN. Inflammatory bowel disease in the new decade [presentation]. Samuel Morrison Lecture, Geisinger Clinic; 2011 April Danville, PA.

Baldassano RN. Nutritional therapy in inflammatory bowel disease [presentation]. Therapeutic Options: What's New, The Seventh Penn Inflammatory Bowel Disease Symposium; 2011 Mar; Philadelphia, PA.

Baldassano RN. Biologics and beyond [presentation]. The 6th Annual Pediatric IBD Academic Workshop; 2011 Mar; Las Vegas, NV.

Baldassano RN. IBD in the new decade [presentation]. Growing Up With IBD: A Forum for Parents and Children with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, The Children's  Hospital of Philadelphia Pediatric Education Day; 2011 Feb; Philadelphia, PA.

2010

Baldassano RN. Enteral therapy: where should this be in our treatment algorithm? [presentation]. Current Topics in Pediatric IBD; 2010 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Clinical and Research Conference; 2010 Dec; Hollywood, FL.

Baldassano RN. What is the role of biologics in the therapy of pediatric IBD? [presentation]. Controversies and Challenges in Pediatric IBD; 2010 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Clinical and Research Conference; 2010 Dec; Hollywood, FL.

Baldassano RN. Stump the panel: cases for presentation and discussion with participants [panel participant]. 2010 Advances in Inflammatory Bowel Diseases; Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Clinical and Research Conference; 2010 Dec; Hollywood, FL.

Baldassano RN. IBD in the new decade [presentation]. Patient and Family Education Conference, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, Houston Gulf Coast/South Texas Chapter; 2010 Nov; Houston, TX.

Hunter AK, Zhang Z, Kerbowski T, Rappaport E, Baldassano RN, deZoeten E. Beyond GWAS: evaluation of methylation and gene expression in pediatric Crohn disease [poster presentation]. North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. 2010 Oct 21-24; New Orleans, LA.

Gupta K, Noble A, Baldassano RN, Sreedharan R, et al. A novel enteral nutritional therapy protocol for the treatment of pediatric Crohn's disease [poster presentation]. North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; 2010 Oct 21-24; New Orleans, LA.

Boyle B, Kappelman M, Colletti R, Qureshi MA, Baldassano RN, Milov D, et al. Clinical effectiveness of thiopurines in maintaining remission for pediatric Crohn's disease [poster presentation]. North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; 2010 Oct 21-24; New Orleans, LA.

Baldassano RN. Genetic research: is it important? [presentation]. Growing Up With IBD: A Forum for Parents and Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2010 Feb; Philadelphia, PA.

Baldassano RN. Genetics and IBD [presentation]. Growing Up With IBD: A Forum for Parents and Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2010 Feb; Philadelphia, PA.

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