• World-Class Expertise in Digestive Disorders

    Seven years ago, a battle with biliary atresia led Katherine Haenlein to receive a liver transplant at Cincinnati Children’s. Now, she’s an active high school athlete.

    When Cole Jackson was diagnosed with Crohn's disease at age 13, he held onto it like a secret. Nearly a decade later, he is putting his efforts into a mentoring program so other patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) don't have to suffer alone.

    And when Alexis Shapiro, a 12-year-old girl from Texas, needed treatment for a rare condition that caused unceasing hunger and severe obesity, her family turned to Cincinnati Children’s.

    Very few pediatric medical centers offer the range of expertise in digestive disorders as we offer at Cincinnati Children’s. Our Gastroenterology program was ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2014-15 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report. This is the seventh year in a row that the program has been rated among the top three in the nation.

    “We attract referrals from physicians around the world, thanks to our expert team, innovative approaches to care and our commitment to providing the best possible outcomes,” says Mitchell Cohen, MD, director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Why We Stand Out

    • Since 1986, we have performed more than 550 liver transplants, making us one of the most experienced pediatric programs in the US.
    • Our Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center provides widely renowned care for patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
    • Our Center for Eosinophilic Disorders is the most comprehensive clinic of its kind in the country and is a leader in research to further improve therapies for these disorders.
    • We work closely with the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, the nation’s preeminent center for pediatric bariatric surgery.
    • We lead and participate in national research collaboratives to improve outcomes for children with IBD and pediatric liver diseases.

    “One of the things that makes us stand out is the great breadth and depth of expertise here, and the value placed upon teamwork,” Cohen says.