Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Second Opinions for GI Conditions

If your child has been diagnosed with a complex gastrointestinal disorder, you want to ensure your child is getting the best treatment for his or her specific condition.

CHOP’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition has experienced pediatric gastroenterologists and GI surgeons available to consult with you or your physician on second opinion requests.

Our nationally ranked GI specialists work with families and referring physicians from all over the country — and around the world — to confirm diagnoses and provide second opinions about treatment and follow-up care for children with complex GI conditions.

Some children who come to us for second opinions may end up being treated here at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; but many will return home for treatment after CHOP clinicians have confirmed the child’s diagnosis and treatment options.

Why seek a second opinion

Both families and physicians may request second opinions for GI conditions at CHOP.

A second opinion from an expert pediatric gastroenterologist can help you better understand your child’s diagnosis, resolve any lingering doubt about the recommended treatment, and offer information about new treatment methods or clinical trials that may be available, but unknown to your physician.

Getting a second opinion can help you move past the shock of the diagnosis and proceed to treatment for your child.

When to get a second opinion

The best time to get a second opinion is before your child has surgery, starts therapy or during the first few weeks of therapy. Other common times families may seek a second opinion are when a change in treatment has been recommended, or if a relapse has occurred.

Questions to ask during a second opinion consultation

The following questions can help guide your discussion with clinicians during a second-opinion appointment.

How to request a second opinion at CHOP

To request a second opinion with a physician in the Division of Gastoenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at CHOP, please call 267-426-7440

Information you’ll need

To help us perform a thorough pediatric GI second-opinion evaluation, we need a full summary of your child's evaluation, treatments and studies up to this point. It’s important for you to provide as much of the following information as possible to allow our expert team to make the best possible second-opinion recommendation for your child.

Patient information

Clinical information


Before we schedule your child’s second-opinion appointment, we need the following documents sent to us:

Where to send documentation

Sara Kunzman 
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Wood Building, 3rd Floor
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
34th Street and Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Fax: 267-426-5286 

If you have additional questions about second opinions or any of the documentation, please email us.

Contact us

To schedule or change a second-opinion appointment with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, please call 267-426-7440

Reviewed by: Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition team
Date: March 2014

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