Background

Patients are so much more than medical profiles to Bridget Godwin, MD. As a physician at CHOP, Dr. Godwin has sought out further training in integrative medicine, which takes account of the whole person in developing treatments.

Integrative medicine looks not only to Western medicine but also to other healing traditions from around the world, for guidance. Dr. Godwin finds this approach compatible with her own outlook and convictions about practicing medicine.

“Every patient is different,” says Dr. Godwin. “You can’t just apply the same plan to every individual. You need to make sure you really turn your attention to the patient during each visit and try to figure out the approach that best fits their lifestyle, their beliefs about healthcare, and their beliefs about nutrition, and meet them where they are.”

A lifelong interest in wellness practices and nutrition — partially inspired by the struggles of a family member who had Crohn’s disease — made gastrointestinal medicine an appealing field to Dr. Godwin.

“I really love to talk about food!” says Dr. Godwin, “and I love to talk about nutrition and general wellness as an approach to medical treatment. Because its connection to food and nutrition is so direct, GI naturally lends itself to a nutritional, wellness approach.”

Working at CHOP offers fascinating variety, says Dr. Godwin. Her patients range in age from infancy to their early 20s, and she sees “kids who are mostly healthy and just need a little guidance as well as some who have very serious problems.”

“I focus on GI and allergy, which gives me a lot of opportunities to talk about food and nutrition as therapy, but I treat a wide variety of conditions.”

Her activities are varied, as well: “I treat patients in clinic and as inpatients; and I have the opportunity to do endoscopic procedures. And of course, at CHOP, there’s always an opportunity to do research and teaching and academic collaboration, and I love that.”

Dr. Godwin’s current research agenda focuses on two of the many conditions she treats: eosinophilic esophagitis and food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, or FPIES.

One project examines outcomes for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis in CHOP’s second-opinion clinic.” We’re looking at how quickly we get patients into remission,” says Dr. Godwin.

FPIES, the subject of the second study, is a relatively new diagnosis, Dr. Godwin notes. “Many children with FPIES also have other gastrointestinal conditions. We are looking at how frequently an FPIES diagnosis co-occurs with each of several other diagnoses, in hopes of finding patterns that may help physicians diagnose FPIES so that patients can get appropriate treatment sooner.”

An open mind and a keen eye for treatment possibilities are essential to practice in a rapidly evolving field. Dr. Godwin is enthusiastic about new developments.

“For both allergic conditions and IBD, there are new medications coming that are potentially life-changing,” Dr. Godwin says.

Watching lives change may be the greatest privilege of working at CHOP, Dr. Godwin says. “Getting to know patients and developing relationships with them over the years is deeply satisfying,” she says. “It’s a gift.”

Education and Training

Medical School

MD - The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI

Residency

Pediatrics - NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY

Fellowship

Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Additional Training

Postbaccalaureate Premedical Program - Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA

Undergraduate Degree

BA in English and American Literature - New York University, New York, NY|

Titles and Academic Titles

Attending Physician

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2016

Whelan KA, Merves JF, Giroux V, Tanaka K, Guo A, Chandramouleeswaran PM, Chang S, Benitez AJ, Dods K, Que J, Masterson JC, Fernando SD, Godwin BC, Klein-Szanto AJ, Chikwava K, Ruchelli ED, Hamilton KE, Muir AB, Wang ML, Furuta GT, Falk GW, Spergel JM and Nakagawa H. Autophagy mediates epithelial cytoprotection in eosinophilic oesophagitis. Gut. 2017 Jul;66(7):1197-1207.



Erlichman J, Hall A, Dean A, Godwin B, Mascarenhas M. Integrative Nutrition for Pediatrics. Curr Probl Pediatr Adolesc Health Care. 2016 Jun;46(6):165-71.

Books

Godwin B, Taylor JS. “Diaper and Perianal Dermatitis.” The Color Atlas of Family Medicine, 2nd Ed. Richard Usatine (ed). New York: McGraw Hill Medical, 2012.

Posters and Presentations

2017

Godwin B, Whelan K, Wilkins B, Klein-Szanto A, Benitez A, Gross J, DeMarshall M, Elci O, Dellon E, Falk G, Spergel J, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Persistent Epithelial Changes in Inactive Eosinophilic Esophagitis: A New Tool for Understanding a Poorly Defined Population. Abstract to be presented as Poster Presentation at Digestive Disease Week. Chicago, IL. May, 2017.

Wehrman A, Godwin B, Rosario S, Fulkerson P, Muir A, Lin H. Clinical Features and Management of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease in Pediatric Liver Transplant Recipients: A Longitudinal Case Series. Abstract to be presented as Poster Presentation at Digestive Disease Week. Chicago, IL. May 2017.

Whelan K, Godwin B, Wilkins B, Modayor Chandram P, Sharma M, Benitez A, Gross J, DeMarshall M, Falk G, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Age-associated alterations in esophageal epithelial biology contribute to fibrosis in eosinophilic esophagitis. Poster of distinction; Digestive Disease Week, Chicago, IL, May 2017.

Godwin B, Whelan K, Wilkins B, Benitez A, DeMarshall M, Falk G, Spergel J, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Persistent Epithelial Changes in Inactive Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Is Inactive Really Inactive? Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Poster Day. Philadelphia, PA. February 2017.

2016

Godwin B, Whelan K, Wilkins B, Benitez A, DeMarshall M, Falk G, Spergel J, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Persistent Epithelial Changes in Inactive Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Is Inactive Really Inactive? Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at The World Congress of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. Montreal, CA. October 2016.

Godwin B, Whelan K, Benitez A, Klein-Szanto A, Spergel J, Falk G, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Persistent Epithelial Changes in Inactive Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Is Inactive Really Inactive? Abstract presented as Oral Presentation at Digestive Disease Week. San Diego, CA. May 2016.

Whelan K, Giroux V, Merves J, Godwin BC, Masterson J, Benitez AJ, Que J, Muir AB, Furuta GT, Spergel JM, Nakagawa H.  Esophageal epithelial autophagy flux regulates Eosinophilic Esophagitis Disease Activity. Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at Digestive Disease Week. San Diego, CA. May 2016.

Godwin B, Whelan K, Benitez A, Klein-Szanto A, Spergel J, Falk G, Muir A, Nakagawa H. Persistent Epithelial Changes in Inactive Eosinophilic Esophagitis: Is Inactive Really Inactive? Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at University of Pennsylvania Department of Medicine’s Celebration of Research. Philadelphia, PA. May 2016.

Godwin B, Demuynck S, Maxwell E, Baldassano RN, Grossman A, Kelsen J, Albenberg L. Efficacy of Antibiotic Combination Therapy for Refractory Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Single Center Case Series. Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Poster Day. Philadelphia, PA. February 2016.

2015

Godwin B, Demuynck S, Maxwell E, Baldassano RN, Grossman A, Kelsen J, Albenberg L. Efficacy of Antibiotic Combination Therapy for Refractory Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Single Center Case Series. Abstract presented as Poster Presentation at North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Annual Meeting. Washington, DC. October 2015.

Awards and Honors

2016, Digestive Disease Week – Early Stage Investigator Award, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

2014, The Pediatric Housestaff Award, NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell

2014, The Pediatric Teaching Award, NY Presbyterian, Weill Cornell

2011, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

2011, The David S. Greer Prize, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

2010, Gold Humanism Honor Society, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

2010, Carpenter Travel Grant, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

2008, Summer Assistantship Award, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University





 

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

National

2014-present, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, & Nutrition

2014-present, American Gastroenterological Association

2014-present, Public Education Committee, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition