Virginia E. Saurman, DO

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Virginia E. Saurman, DO, is a pediatric gastroenterology fellow with the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.  

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training

Medical School

DO - Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY


Pediatrics - St. Christopher s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


Pediatrics - St. Christopher s Hospital for Children, Philadelphia, PA


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

Titles and Academic Titles

Fellow, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Departments and Services




Saurman, V. Margolis, K. G., Luna, R. A Autism Spectrum Disorder as a Brain Gut Microbiome Axis Disorder. Digestive Diseases and Sciences 2020 Feb. doi:10.1007/s10620 020 06133 5


Israelyan, N., Del Colle, A., Li, Z., Park, Y., Xing, A., Jacobsen, J.P.R., Luna, R.A., Jensen, D.D., Madra, M., Saurman, V. Rahim, R., Latorre, R., Law, K., Carson, W., Bunnett, N.W., Caron, M.G., Margolis, K.G. Effects of Serotonin and Slow Release 5 Hydroxytryptophan on Gastrointestinal Motility in a Mouse Model of Depression. Gastroenterology 2019 Aug. 157:507521.e4.


Margolis KG, Vittorio J, Talavera M, Gluck K, Li ZS, Iuga A, Stevanovic K, Saurman V Israelyan N, Welch M, and Gershon MD. Enteric Serotonin and Oxytocin: Endogenous Regulation of Severity in a Murine Model of Experimental Necrotizing Enterocolitis. American Journal of Physiology: GI and Liver. 2017 Nov 1;313(5):G386 G398.


Margolis KG, Li ZS, Stevanovic K, Saurman V Israelyan N, Blakely R, Veenstra Vanderweele J and Gershon MD. Serotonin Transporter Variant Drives Preventable Gastrointestinal Abnormalities in Development and Function. The Journal of Clinical Investigation 2016 Jun 1;126(6):2221 35.


Margolis KG, Stevanovic KD, Karamooz N, Li ZS, Ahuja A, D’ Autr é aux F, Saurman V, Chalazonitis A, and Gershon MD. Enteric Neuronal Density Contributes to the Severity of Intestinal Inflammation. Gastroenterology. 2011 Apr. 141:588 598.

Awards and Honors

2022, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2021, 3rd place Abstract in Clinical Science and Research at 2021 1st Annual Tower Health Research Day
2016, NASPGHAN Medical Student Mentored Summer Research Fellowship
2016, Awarded Silver level Recognition for Translating Osteopathic Understanding into Community Health
2016, Sigma Sigma Phi National Osteopathic Honors Society
2013, high honors for senior honors thesis, Tufts University
2009-2013, Dean's List, Tufts University

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

2022-present, Alpha Omega Alpha
2019-present, American Academy of Pediatrics