Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia provides comprehensive, high-quality care from physician faculty, certified nurse practitioners, nutritionists and psychologists. Committed to family-focused care, we include all members of the healthcare team and the family in discussion related to each patient's diagnosis, treatment plan and progress.

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. 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 patients’ families.

Diagnostic services

The Division offers state-of-the-art diagnostic studies in the Kohl's Gastroenterology and Nutrition Diagnostic Center. More than 4,000 procedures are performed annually, including those listed here and many others:

  • Endoscopy
  • Manometry
  • Liver biopsy
  • Hydrogen breath test
  • Resting energy expenditures
  • DEXA bone density measurements
  • Pancreatic function testing

The Kohl's Gastroenterology and Nutrition Diagnostic Center is also 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
  • Center for Celiac Disease
  • Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • CHOP-Penn Transition Program for Digestive, Liver and Pancreatic Medicine
  • The Combined Kidney/Liver Program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • The Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
  • Lipid Heart
  • Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
  • Healthy Weight Program
  • Nutrition Services Program

Featured Faculty

David Piccoli, MDDavid A. Piccoli, MD
Chief, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Director and Endowed Chair, Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center
Associate Chair for Information, Department of Pediatrics

David A. Piccoli is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University (1975) and Harvard Medical School (1979). He was a Resident from 1979 to 1982 and Chief Resident in Pediatrics from 1982-83 at the Children's Hospital, Boston. He completed his clinical and research Fellowship in Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia from 1983 to 1986. He became training director, section chief and then division chief in 1996. Read more »

Elizabeth Rand, MDElizabeth B. Rand, MD
Medical Director, Liver Transplant Program
Director, Gastroenterology and Nutrition Fellowship Program

Dr. Rand's interests are in the clinical care of children with liver disease, particularly Alagille syndrome, biliary atresia and liver transplantation. Read more »

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Reach an International Care Coordinator at:

001-267-426-6298