Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Our Services

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at CHOP provides outpatient services in 10 locations. We offer comprehensive services in general diagnostic gastroenterology, failure to thrive, feeding and swallowing, inflammatory bowel disease, lipid heart, liver disease and liver transplantation, motility and constipation, nutrition services, pancreatic disease and pediatric enteral access.

The Division’s team approach to care increases provider accessibility and response time for questions, concerns and follow-up. For parents interested in learning more, see about your visit.  

The primary care physician is viewed as a key member of the caregiver team and timely communication regarding care plans is provided to the primary care physician and patient families.

Diagnostic services

The Division offers state-of-the-art diagnostic studies in the Kohl's GI Nutrition and Diagnostic Center. More than 4,000 procedures are performed annually and include:

The Kohl's GI Nutrition and Diagnostic Center (also known as the endoscopy suite) is the site for infusion of medications related to gastrointestinal illnesses, pre-procedural preparation and colon cleanouts. Formal physician interpretation and communication is provided with each study.

Inpatient care

We offer world-class, comprehensive inpatient care for GI, hepatology and nutrition-related issues.

Our multidisciplinary team consists of attending physicians, advanced practice nurses, nursing staff, social workers, gastroenterology and nutrition fellows, house staff and others. Our fellows and residents are highly trained and are members of one of the most highly competitive training programs, both in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology.

Primary care physicians, as well as patients and their families, are considered key members of the care team. Inpatients have access to a full array of diagnostic and consultative services.

In addition to general gastroenterology and nutrition diagnostic services, the following special programs are available within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Center for Bone Health

The Center for Bone Health provides coordinated, comprehensive care to children with bone health concerns, including children who have evidence of weak bones or who are at risk because of factors such as immobility, modified/restricted diets or chronic steroid use. The Center is the only pediatric bone center in the Delaware Valley providing both clinical care and bone densitometry (DXA) interpretation.

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Center for Celiac Disease

The Center for Celiac Disease is one of the largest of its kind in the United States. We care for a large number of children each year with celiac disease. We provide specialized care and support from a team of physicians, nutritionists, nurses, educators, laboratory technicians and clinical researchers.

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Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease

The Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease provides a multidisciplinary approach to patient care, education and research in the areas of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Support services include nursing care, formal patient education sessions, parent and patient support groups, psychologist and nutritionist care.

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CHOP-Penn Transition Program for Digestive, Liver and Pancreatic Medicine

For children with chronic illnesses and their families, the transition to adult healthcare can be difficult. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and Penn Medicine have created a program to prepare patients to assume responsibility for their care and provide help when the time comes to change doctors.

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The Combined Kidney/Liver Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Recognized as a leader in the fields of pediatric hepatology and nephrology, Children’s Hospital launched the Combined Kidney/Liver Program to serve patients with genetic diseases that affect both the kidneys and the liver, such as autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).

Our goal is to provide the finest diagnosis, treatment and follow-up care for children and families who are affected. We have a core team of pediatric liver and kidney doctors, as well as supportive services, including nutrition, social work, psychology, transplant, transition to adult care and more. We offer families the convenience of seeing multiple specialists in a single clinic session.

For questions or to make an appointment, please contact the combined kidney/liver program at 215-590-2449.

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The Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center

The Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center is a world leader in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and chronic pediatric liver diseases. This unique “hospital within a hospital” was created from our belief that excellence in individual disciplines -- while essential -- is not enough.

Our mission is to provide the most skilled, compassionate and state-of-the-art care available in a highly specialized environment. Our multidisciplinary team includes pediatric gastroenterologists with special expertise in liver disease, specialized nurses, nutritionists, physicians and other support systems.

Learn more about our clinical programs:

Research is also vital to the mission of the Biesecker Liver Center, with active basic (laboratory) and clinical research programs at The Children’s Hospital and in collaboration with other institutions.

Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

The Intestinal Rehabilitation Program (IRP) provides comprehensive care to children with Short Bowel Syndrome (SBS) or Intestinal Failure (IF) who have reduced or ineffective intestinal length for the ability to absorb sufficient nutrients, fluid and electrolytes that are necessary to sustain life and support growth.

The IRP provides multidisciplinary inpatient and outpatient care which includes consultations, rounds, follow-up care and second-opinion evaluations. The team consists of physicians, surgeons, dietitians, social workers and a nurse coordinator who formulate an integrated plan of care together with the family to optimize care for each patient.

Lipid Heart

The Lipid Heart Clinic evaluates and treats children and adolescents who have high levels of lipids (fats) in their blood. Elevated lipids, particularly cholesterol, puts young people at risk for heart disease later in life.

We support families to make healthy lifestyle changes for themselves and their children, give customized dietary recommendations, and in some cases, prescribe medication to reduce a child’s risk for the early onset of heart disease.

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Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders

The Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility provides world-class diagnostic resources in a state-of-the-art laboratory and clinic for children with gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. For children with GI motility issues, eating and digesting often becomes uncomfortable — even painful — and malnourishment is a risk. The child’s esophagus, stomach or intestines don’t function normally, but the cause can be hard to pinpoint, making both diagnosis and treatment difficult.

The Lustgarten Center offers integrated patient-centered services, including psychological therapies, access to clinical trials, coordination of care with other healthcare providers, and long-term follow-up care that is focused on the patient’s quality of life.

Learn more about the Center for GI Motility »

Healthy Weight Program

The Healthy Weight Program uses a unique family-based approach to treat obesity and to manage conditions and risks related to obesity. Our diverse team of clinicians are experts in evaluating childhood obesity and coordinating care for children with medical issues related to their obesity.

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Nutrition Services Program

The Nutrition Services Program is subdivided into several areas of specialization:

Nutritional Counseling

A Nutrition Counseling service is available at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia main campus and in satellite offices throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Registered Dietitians provide in-depth nutrition assessment and counseling to help with a variety of outpatient nutritional issues, including basic assessment of nutritional and growth status, tube feedings, evaluation of special or restrictive diets, failure-to-thrive and obesity counseling. 

Pediatric Enteral Access Center (PEAC)

The Pediatric Enteral Access Center provides evaluation and assessment of the need for enteral access (gastrostomy and jejunostomy feedings). Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy/jejunostomy placement is performed by an interventional radiologist. Care post-placement is provided by the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and the expertise of GI nurse practitioners. The Center also provides problem-solving and solutions for gastrostomy/jejunostomy tube issues that may arise.

Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center

The Pediatric Feeding and Swallowing Center is a multidisciplinary team of specialists offering a comprehensive approach to diagnosing and treating feeding and swallowing problems. The team is composed of a physician specializing in pediatric nutrition, speech therapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, a dietitian, nurse practitioner and physical therapist. The Center provides a continuum of care including outpatient services and a more intensive day hospital program. Therapy is designed to meet the needs of the individual child and family.

Contact us

To schedule an appointment with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at CHOP, please call 215-590-3630. For other questions, call 267-426-2270.

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