Gastroenterology

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At Children’s National Medical Center, our internationally-renowned specialists in the fields of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition have the skills and resources to diagnose, treat and manage all kinds of digestive disorders present in infants, children and teens. In order to address these complex conditions, Children’s National offers specialized programs for celiac disease, feeding disorders, helicobacter pylori disease, intestinal rehabilitation and hepatology. Our team is dedicated to providing compassionate, complete and personalized care to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

Choosing Children’s National for Digestive Care

Children’s National has one of the most experienced gastroenterology, hepatology and pediatric nutrition teams in the country. This is why we have been recognized as one of the 20 best programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Our team offers your child:

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  • Comprehensive Care

    From diagnostic tests and medical examinations to laparoscopic surgeries and constant nutritional support, we offer broad spectrum care, including those conditions that require continued treatment, such as Crohn’s disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Our team will also work with your family to coordinate testing and follow-up appointments.
  • Expert Diagnosis

    If your child has a gastrointestinal disorder, the first important step is to receive an early and accurate diagnosis from an experienced pediatric specialist to ensure proper care. Because we treat only children and regularly see patients with a wide variety of diseases, we have the experience to quickly and correctly identify the disorder that affects your child.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology

    We are one of only a few pediatric hospitals in the country to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to evaluate patients with inflammatory bowel diseases. This advanced technique allows our physicians to see images of the small intestine in detail and in high resolution without exposing children to radiation. 
  • Child-Centered Environment

    From colorful rooms with large screen televisions especially for children, to caring nurses and children's specialists, we offer a warm and safe environment, and we heavily include families in the care process. 

Clinics and Specialized Gastroenterology Programs

Our goal is to help children effectively control their illness. We encourage discussion with patients and their families about treatment options, inform them about community resources, and work with our patients’ schools to ensure special facilities when necessary.

Our specialized clinics and programs include:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

    Under the direction of Laurie Conklin, M.D., the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program treats more than 450 patients a year with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and other inflammatory bowel diseases. From the moment of diagnosis, we use advanced drugs and nutritional therapies to evaluate and treat our IBD patients, ranging from infants to age 22. A specialized radiology service is an essential component of our care, which includes the use of magnetic resonance enterography (ERM), a novel imaging technique that allows children to undergo sensitive imaging without exposure to radiation. 
  • Celiac Disease Program

    Celiac education is the basis of our nationally recognized program, which diagnoses 250 new patients each year. Our appointments are multidisciplinary – your child will be seen by our medical director, Benny Kerzner, M.D., as well as a nutritionist, the Celiac Disease Program coordinator, a psychologist and our education director. This approach ensures that each family is equipped with all of our available resources. Additionally, we offer a wide variety of educational resources designed to help children adapt to a gluten-free lifestyle, including nutrition classes, a cooking summer camp for children, diet counseling, an app and personalized support for newly-diagnosed patients. 
  • Hepatology Program

    We offer diagnosis and treatment for children with a wide variety of liver disorders, including all forms of acute and chronic hepatitis. We also provide care for patients awaiting a liver transplant and those who require continuous follow-up care after transplantation.
  • Feeding Disorders Program

    We offer one of the country’s most important interdisciplinary programs, which aims to help infants and children establish healthy eating habits and overcome their excessive selectivity and fear of food. Our program sees nearly 400 patient visits each year and is directed by Irene Chatoor, M.D., a world-renowned specialist in eating disorders in infants and toddlers.

We're Here to Help

To make an appointment with our Gastroenterology team, please contact Global Services at +1-202-476-5778.