• World-Class Expertise in Digestive Disorders

    By the time Jacob Miller was 15, he weighed 707 pounds. His weight was killing him.  Now, Jacob is finding the help he needs at Cincinnati Children’s.

    Very few pediatric medical centers offer the range of expertise in digestive disorders that we offer. Our gastroenterology program was ranked No. 4 in the nation in the 2015-16 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

    “We attract patients from around the world because we provide comprehensive care to children with a broad spectrum of problems, from the simplest to the most complex digestive diseases. We value patient experience at every level,” says Jorge Bezerra, MD, director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s.  “This process begins with pre-clinic planning to customize the type of care to the patient’s needs, materializes in the clinic, and continues with the implementation of a care plan.”

    Why We Stand Out   

    • Our Liver Transplant Team has performed more transplants for pediatric liver tumors than any program in North America since 2007. Yet we also are leaders at managing liver diseases so that transplants do not become necessary. 
    • Scientists here made the critical discoveries on bile acid disorders that led to the recent FDA approval of Cholbam, the first effective treatment for children born with rare, potentially fatal bile acid metabolism defects. The treatment allows children to survive without the need for a liver transplant. 
    • We have performed 47 liver / small bowel transplants, but the exceptional care provided through our Intestinal Rehabilitation Program prevents the need for transplant in most cases. We work closely with the Surgical Weight Loss Program for Teens, the nation’s preeminent center for pediatric bariatric surgery. This year, we are launching the first NIH-funded clinical trial to compare the outcomes of weight loss surgery to traditional medical obesity management in children with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. 
    • More than 80 percent of children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis achieve remission when treated at our Schubert-Martin Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
    • Our Center for Eosinophilic Disorders is the most comprehensive clinic of its kind. Recent research led by our faculty has moved closer to identifying the genetic underpinnings of these conditions, which will eventually lead to better treatments. 
    • Our new Pancreas Care Center provides rapid diagnosis and effective therapies for children with pancreatic diseases while conducting groundbreaking research in the field.