About the Kohl's GI Nutrition and Diagnostic Center

Our comprehensive Center — commonly referred to as the Endoscopy Suite by our clinical staff — performs endoscopy, colonoscopy, enteroscopy, ERCP, motility studies, impedance/pH probes, liver biopsies and other procedures. Led by Petar Mamula, MD, an expert in advanced therapeutic endoscopic procedures for children, the Center is also staffed by attending physicians, pediatric gastroenterology fellows, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, and GI technicians.

Tips for scheduling a procedure

When scheduling a procedure in the GI endoscopy suite at our Main Campus, please note the following:

  • It will take about one week for the anesthesiologist to determine if the procedure can be done in the endoscopy suite or if it needs to be done in an operating room.
  • The scheduler in the endoscopy suite will call you in approximately one week to schedule your child’s appointment. If you have not heard from a scheduler in a week, please call 215-590-3326 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. and we will help you.
  • We usually have appointments available within two to three weeks (and sooner for emergent cases).
  • The endoscopy suite scheduler will assist you with any insurance or billing questions. Visit the CHOP billing and insurance website for more information.

Preparing for your child's procedure

The procedures and tests conducted at the GI Nutrition and Diagnostic Center may help diagnose or treat your child’s condition. These procedures may be performed under intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.

Some procedures also require families to help prepare children at home — by limiting the child’s diet or giving them certain medications, for example — before the test. When your child’s doctor prescribes a diagnostic test, a nurse will tell you if there is anything special you need to do before the procedure. We encourage you and your child to ask questions so everyone feels comfortable on the day of the procedure.