John T. Boyle, MD, FAAP

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John T. Boyle, MD, FAAP, is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. He is a clinical leader in the Lustgarten Center for GI Motility at CHOP.

Areas of Expertise: Diagnosis and care of children with motility disorders, Esophageal dysphagia, Gastroparesis, Pseudoobstruction/chronic intestinal dysmotility, GI manifestations of dysautonomia, Irritable bowel syndrome, Outlet dysfunction constipation, Slow transit constipation/colonic dysmotility, Post-operative care of anorectal malformations, Cyclical vomiting, Autonomic dysfunction
Locations: Main Hospital; Specialty Care, King of Prussia

Phone: 215-590-1678

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - Cornell University Medical College, New York, NY


Pediatrics - Boston Floating Hospital, Boston, MA


Pediatrics - Boston Floating Hospital, Boston, MA


Pediatric Gastroenterology - Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certification

Pediatric Gastroenterology – American Board of Pediatrics
Pediatrics – American Board of Pediatrics

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Co-Director, Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility

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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Gastrointestinal motility
Functional bowel disorders
Chronic abdominal pain




Boyle JT. Gastrointestinal bleeding in infants and children. Pediatr Rev. 2008 Feb;29(2):39-52. Review. No abstract available.




Saeed S, Boyle JT. Other diseases of the esophagus. In: Wyllie R, Hyams JS, Kay M, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease pathophysiology diagnosis – management, 3rd ed. New York: Elsevier; 2006.

Saeed S, Boyle JT. Acute abdominal pain. In: Burg FD, Ingelfinger JR, Polin RA, Gershon AA, editors. Current pediatric therapy, 18th ed. New York: Elsevier; 2006.


Boyle JT. Recurrent abdominal pain (RAP). In: Johnson L, editor. Encyclopedia of gastroenterology. New York: Elsevier. New York; 2004. p. 299-306.

Boyle JT. Abdominal pain. In: Walker WA, Goulet O, Kleinman RE, Sherman PM, Shneider BL, Sanderson IR, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease –pathophysiology - diagnosis management, 4th ed. BC Decker: Hamilton, Ontario; 2004. p. 225-243.


Boyle JT. Esophagogastroduodenoscopy in the pediatric patient. In: Sivak MV Jr, editor. Gastroenterologic endoscopy, 2nd ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, Co; 1999. p. 783-800.


Boyle JT. Achalasia. In: Altschuler SM, Liacouras CA, editors. Clinical pediatric gastroenterology. Philadelphia:  Churchill Livingstone; 1998. p. 119-123.


Boyle JT. Hepatomegaly. In: Kliegman RM, Nieder ML, Super DM, editors. Practical strategies in pediatric diagnosis and therapy. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.; 1996. p. 340-352.


Boyle JT. Gastrointestinal emergencies. In: Fleisher GR, Ludwig S, editors. Pediatric emergency medicine. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1995. p. 502-515.

Boyle JT. Chronic diarrhea. In: Behrman RE, Kliegman RM, Arvin AM, editors. Nelson's textbook of pediatrics. 15th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co.; 1995. p. 287:1101-1106.


Boyle JT. Functional abdominal pain as etiology of recurrent abdominal pain. In: Hyman PE, DiLorenzo C, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal motility disorders. New York: Academy Professional Information Services; 1994, p. 105-115.

Boyle JT. A new look at recurrent abdominal pain in children by sub-division of patients into symptomatic sub-groups: simplifying the role of endoscopy in the diagnostic evaluation. In: Bailliere's clinical pediatrics; 1994. London, 2:767-787.


Boyle JT. Portal hypertension. In: Burg FD, Ingelfinger JR, Wald ER, editors. Gellis and Kagan's current pediatric therapy, 14th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1993. p. 221-223.

Boyle JT. Protracted diarrhea in children. In: Wyllie R, Hyams JS, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease pathophysiology diagnosis management. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1993. p. 799-815.


Boyle JT. Motility of the upper gastrointestinal tract in the fetus and neonate. In: Polin RA, Fox WW, editors. Neonatal and fetal medicine: physiology and pathophysiology. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1992, p. 1028-1033.

Boyle, JT. Gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Reece, RM, editor. Manual of emergency pediatrics, 4th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, Philadelphia; 1992. p. 42-45.

Boyle, JT. Vomiting. In: Reece, RM, editor. Manual of emergency pediatrics, 4th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders; 1992. p. 402-405.


Boyle JT. Chronic abdominal pain. In: Walker WA, Durie PR, Hamilton JR, Walker Smith JA, Watkins JB, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease. Pathophysiology diagnosis management. Burlington, Ontario: BC Decker Inc; 1990, p. 45-55.


Boyle JT. Viral hepatitis. In: Schwartz W, Charney E, Ludwig S, Curry T, editors. Pediatric primary care, 2nd ed. Boston: GK Hall; 1989. p. 512-520.

Boyle JT. Inflammatory bowel disease. In: Schwartz W, Charney E, Ludwig S, Curry T, editors. Pediatric primary care, 2nd ed. Boston: GK Hall; 1989. p. 557-562.


Boyle JT. Gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Pediatric emergency care, 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1988. p. 159-170.

Boyle JT, Watkins JB. Gastrointestinal emergencies. In: Fleisher G, Ludwig S, editors. Pediatric emergency care, 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1988. p. 557-582.


Boyle JT. Functional abdominal pain. In: Cohen S, editor. Contemporary issues in gastroenterology. New York: Churchill Livingston, Inc.; 1987.


Boyle JT. Congenital disorders of the esophagus. In: Cohen S, editor. Contemporary issues in gastroenterology: diseases of the esophagus. New York: Churchill Livingstone, Inc.; 1982.

Posters and Presentations


Boyle JT. Gastrointestinal issues in children with Williams syndrome [presentation]. Williams Syndrome Conference; 2009 Jul; Philadelphia, PA.

Boyle JT. Life-threatening GI bleeding in the pediatric patient: controversies in emergency management [presentation]. Advanced Pediatric Emergency Medicine Assembly ; 2009 Apr; Boston, MA.

Invited Lectures


"Chronic abdominal pain in children", Medical Grand Rounds. Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, June 2016.

Awards and Honors

2022, Main Line Today Top Docs, Gastroenterology/Heptalogy

2013, Fellows Faculty Teaching Award Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

1978, Fellowship Teaching Award, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

1972, Dean William Mecklenberg Polk Memorial Prize for Student Research, Cornell University Medical College

1968, Summa Cum Laude, University of Notre Dame

1968, Phi Beta Kappa, University of Notre Dame

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions


American Journal of Physiology
American Journal of Gastroenterology
Clinical Pediatrics
Digestive Disease and Science
Journal of Applied Physiology
Journal of Clinical Investigation
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Journal of Pediatrics
Pediatric Research

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations


North Americans Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

  • 2017-present, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Committee
  • 1997-present, Committee to develop guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux in children

1991-present, American Gastroenterological Association

1989-present, Society for Pediatric Research

1987-present, Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America

1987-present, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

1986-present, American Academy of Pediatrics