Even after dozens of hospital stays, Mallory Crum’s chronic pancreatitis was causing so much pain and nausea that her family had removed her from school. Even the simplest everyday activities had become impossible hurdles.

But now Mallory is able to run, swim and play outside thanks to a complicated surgery with a complicated name: TPIAT, or Total Pancreatectomy with Islet Auto Transplantation. This unusual procedure is just one example of the highly specialized care available from our Gastroenterology program, now ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 2016-17 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

“Our gastroenterologists sees children with conditions that affect a relatively large number of children, such as abdominal pain and inflammatory bowel disease, but also on very rare diseases, such as Alagille syndrome, eosinophilic esophagitis, and familial pancreatitis,” says Jorge Bezerra, MD, Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s. “We bring together an outstanding team of physicians and surgeons who are dedicated to helping children no matter how complex their condition may be.”

Why we stand out:

  • Our Pancreas Care Center is one of only two pediatric programs nationwide to be recognized by the National Pancreas Foundation as a center of excellence.
  • More than 82 percent of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis achieve remission when treated at our Schubert-Martin Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center.
  • In collaboration with our colorectal team, our rapidly growing Motility Disorders Program treated more than 400 patients in the last year with Hirschsprung’s disease, severe chronic constipation, and other complex conditions.
  • Our Liver and Intestinal teams rank among the best in the United States. We have perform 566 liver transplants since 1986 and 44 intestinal transplants since 2001. Yet we also are leaders at managing severe conditions so that transplants do not become necessary.
  • We work closely with the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, the nation’s preeminent center for pediatric bariatric surgery and have a center to care for children with liver complications of obesity.
  • Our Center for Eosinophilic Disorders is the most comprehensive clinic of its kind. Recent research led by our faculty has advanced understanding of the genetic underpinnings of these conditions, which will eventually lead to new and improved treatments.

Learn more about our gastroenterology programs.