Gastroenterology

Clinical Programs

The staff of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition includes experts in general clinical pediatric gastroenterology and a broad range of specialty areas, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Gastroesophageal reflux and esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic disorders
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Ulcer disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Diarrhea
  • Poor growth
  • Feeding disorders
  • Intestinal failure (short-bowel)
  • Motility disorders
  • Constipation
  • Liver Clinic
  • Liver diseases
  • Liver transplantation
  • Small bowel transplantation
  • Acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • Metabolic disorders affecting the liver or intestines

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides a full range of diagnostic procedures and treatments related to the gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas. Procedures performed include endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts; biopsy of the esophagus, stomach, small bowel, large bowel and liver; polypectomy; sclerotherapy of varices; capsule endoscopy; tests of secretory function of the pancreas; pH probe testing for gastroesophageal reflux; and breath hydrogen testing.

Enterostomal therapy is offered for children with stomas, incontinence, dermal ulcers and other select skin conditions or those needing wound care.

Special Programs

In combination with colleagues in the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery, the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology offers care in several interdisciplinary programs.

Hepatology Center

The Hepatology Center offers consultative services and comprehensive care for children with a wide range of hepatobiliary disorders. Services provided include inpatient and outpatient consultation; diagnosis using a variety of methods; collaborative consultation and care with the Hillman Center for Pediatric Transplantation and the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery; care plan coordination; long-term follow-up care; and state-of-the-art clinical research.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center

The IBD Center uses a team approach to provide each patient with the most advanced medical care available and compassionate support for the whole family. The center provides comprehensive, state-of-the-art clinical care to control the symptoms of IBD and to improve the quality of life for children with the disease.

Intestinal Care and Rehabilitation Center

Children’s Hospital’s Intestinal Care and Rehabilitation Center (ICARE) provides expert care for patients with complex intestinal disease. It follows children with poorly functioning intestines and provides expert care for children with complicated nutritional needs including those on parenteral nutrition. The Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery and the transplant team participate in this center. Moreover, Children’s small-bowel transplant program is one of the largest in the country.

Referral Requirements

Referrals are not required from primary care physicians or other Children’s Hospital specialty services. Referrals for patients enrolled in managed care insurance plans may require authorization from the insurance provider and primary care physician. All necessary referral and authorization forms must be received before the patient’s visit. For accurate provider numbers or more information, please call the office number listed.

Contact Us

For an appointment or consultation, please contact us:
Phone: 412-692-5180
Fax: 412-692-7355

Doctors

Locations

Clinical Studies

Mark E Lowe, MD, PhD

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Leah Michelle Siebold, MD

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David J Keljo, MD, PhD

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Jeffrey A Rudolph, MD

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Robert H. Squires, MD

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Feras Tawfiq Alissa, MD

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David Benhayon, MD, PhD

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Riha Bhatt, MD

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Andrew Chu, MD

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Maria I Clavell, MD

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John F Eisses, MD, PhD

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Tamara Feliciano Alvarado, MD

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Sohail Husain, MD

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Zahida Khan, MD, PhD

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Dale Eugene King, MD

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Douglas Scott Lindblad, MD

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Sapana J Shah, MD

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Amina Smajlovic, MD

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James Eugene Squires, MD

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Arvind Iyengar Srinath, MD

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Veena Lalita Venkat, MD

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  • Gastroenterology

    Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC
    4401 Penn Avenue
    Floor 3
    Pittsburgh, PA 15224
    412-692-5180

  • Children's North

    2599 Wexford Bayne Rd.
    Sewickley, PA 15143
    412-692-7337

  • Children's South

    205 Millers Run Road
    Bridgeville, PA 15017
    412-692-7337

  • Children's East

    4055 Monroeville Blvd.
    Building One
    Monroeville , PA 15146
    412-692-7337

  • Specialty Care Center Chippewa

    2580 Constitution Blvd.
    Beaver Falls, PA 15010
    724-773-6851

  • Specialty Care Center Erie at Magee–Womens, UPMC Hamot

    118 East 2nd Street
    W1150
    Erie, PA 16507
    814-877-8701

  • Specialty Care Center Hermitage

    875 North Hermitage Rd.
    Hermitage, PA 16148
    724-347-4596

  • Specialty Care Center Johnstown

    865 Eisenhower Blvd.
    Johnstown, Pennsylvania 15904
    814-266-8840

  • Specialty Care Center Wheeling

    10 Medical Park
    Tower 1, Suite 305
    Wheeling, WV 26003
    304-243-3276

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    Long-term Safety and Durability of the Therapeutic Effect of LUM001, an Apical Sodium-dependent Bile Acid Transporter Inhibitor (ASBTI), in the Treatment of Cholestatic Liver Disease in Pediatric Subjects with Alagille Syndrome

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    Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency Study – Phase II

    A Preliminary Study of the Efficacy and Safety of Carbamazepine in Severe Liver Disease Due to Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency

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    Biliary Atresia IVIG Infusion Following Kasai: The PRIME Study – Phase I/IIa

    Intravenous Immunoglobulin (IVIG) Therapy Following Portoenterostomy in Infants with Biliary Atresia

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    Biliary Atresia Long-Term Observation: The BASIC Study

    Biliary Atresia Study in Infants, Children and Adults

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    Cholestasis Long-term Observation: The LOGIC Study

    Longitudinal Study of Genetic Causes of Intrahepatic Cholestasis (LOGIC)

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    Cholestasis Natural History Database: The PROBE Study

    A Prospective Database of Infants with Cholestasis

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    Colon Cleansing with Prepopik Before Colonoscopy – Phases I & II

    Study Comparing the Safety and Efficacy of Prepopik versus Polyethylene Glycol Preparation in Children

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    Constipation Treatment with Lubiprostone – Phase III

    Study of Lubiprostone in Pediatric Patients with Functional Constipation

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    Crohn’s Disease - Risk and Microbial Marker Study

    Risk Stratification and Identification of Immunogenetic and Microbial Markers of Rapid Disease Progression in Children with Crohn’s Disease

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    Crohn’s Disease and Sleep Disturbance Study – Phase IV

    Treating Disrupted Sleep in Individuals with Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Novel Adjunctive Therapy for Chronic Inflammatory Illness

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    Crohn's Disease Treatment using Blood Stem Cells – Phase I/II

    Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation with CD34 Selected Peripheral Blood Stem Cells (PBSC) in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients with Severe Crohn's Disease

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    ICARE Research Registry

    Intestinal Care and Rehabilitation Center Database

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    Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Biopsychosocial Effects

    Understanding the Biopsychosocial Underpinnings of Abdominal Pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Intrahepatic Cholestasis and LUM001: The INDIGO Study – Phase II

    Efficacy and Long-term Safety of LUM001, an Apical Sodium-dependent Bile Acid Transporter Inhibitor (ASBTi) in the Treatment of Cholestatic Liver Disease in Pediatric Patients with Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis

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    Mitochondrial Hepatopathies Long-term Observation: The MITOHEP Study

    Longitudinal Study of Mitochondrial Hepatopathies

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    Newborn Lipase Fat Digestion Study

    Molecular Mechanisms of Dietary Fat Digestion by Pancreatic Lipases – Fecal Fat and Duodenal Fluid Collection Research Studies

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    Pancreatitis INSPPIRE Registry

    A Study of Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis in Children by the International Study Group of Pediatric Pancreatitis In Search of a Cure (INSPPIRE)

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    Pediatric IBD Registry

    Understanding the Biopsychosocial Underpinnings of Abdominal Pain in Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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    Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis Drug Study – Phase I

    Ursodeoxycholic Acid Therapy in Pediatric Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: A Pilot Withdrawal/ Reinstitution Trial

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    TPN-Related Cholestasis Treatment with Omegaven - Phase II

    Compassionate Use of Omegaven in the Treatment of Parenteral Nutrition-Associated Hepatic Injury

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    Ulcerative Colitis PROTECT Study – Phase IV

    Predicting Response to Standardized Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT Study

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