Cincinnati Children's Intestinal Care Center (CCICC)

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    The Intestinal Care Center is home to specialists with a wide variety of backgrounds and areas of focus. As a team, this diversity makes us better prepared to care for your child’s unique needs. Learn more about our faculty and staff.

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    Medical / Surgical Team

    A photo of Maria Alonso-Peclet, MD.

    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD
    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    513-636-4371

    maria.alonso@cchmc.org

    Maria H. Alonso-Peclet, MD

    Surgical Director, Kidney Transplant Program

    Co-Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Surgery

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: maria.alonso@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Liver, kidney transplantation; hepatobiliary surgery; minimally invasive surgery; trauma 

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 1982.

    Residency: Surgery, Eastern Virginia Graduate School of Medicine, Norfolk, VA.

    Fellowship: Trauma / Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, Baltimore, MD; Trauma / Burn, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C.; Pediatric Surgery, Children's Mercy Hospital, Kansas City, MO; Transplantation, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Surgery, 1999; Pediatric Surgery, 2001; Surgical Critical Care, 2001.

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    Conrad R. Cole, MD, MPH, MSc
    Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation

    513-636-4415

    conrad.cole@cchmc.org

    Conrad R. Cole, MD, MPH, MSc

    Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: conrad.cole@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Intestinal failure; short bowel syndrome; growth failure; failure to thrive malabsorption disorders; micronutrient malnutrition

    Research Interests

    Nutritional and developmental outcomes of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome; nutritional epidemiology of micronutrient malnutrition in preschool children 

    Biography

    Conrad Cole, MD, is an expert in the management of infants with intestinal failure and short bowel syndrome. He is an associate director of the Pediatric Nutrition and Intestinal Care Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. In addition, he is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Dr. Cole's research interest is in the epidemiology of intestinal failure and it's complications especially in identifying risk factors associated with worsening prognosis. He is also interested in micronutrient malnutrition specifically zinc and iron and how they impact other micronutrients in preschool children especially from low income minority populations.

    Prior to joining Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Cole was at Emory University's Schools of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Cole earned his medical degree from the University of Ibadan, and also completed graduate degrees in public health from Ohio State University and clinical research from Emory University. He received training in nutrition under the mentorship of Fima Lifshitz MD at Maimonides Medical Center and Miami Children's Hospital prior to completing an internship and residency in pediatrics at the Miami Children's Hospital; and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Ibadan.

    MPH: Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.

    MSc: Emory University, Atlanta, GA.

    Residency: Miami Children's Hospital, Miami, FL.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology.

    Publications

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    Michael K. Farrell, MD

    Chief-of-Staff

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: michael.farrell@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Gastroesophageal reflux; pancreatitis; inflammatory bowel disease; abdominal pain; pediatric nutrition 

    Education and Training

    MD: Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, 1970.

    Internship: Harrisburg Polyclinic Hospital, Harrisburg, PA, 1970 to 1971.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1974 to 1976.

    Fellowship: Ambulatory Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1976 to 1977.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1977 to 1979.

    Publications

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    Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS
    Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

    513-636-3240

    michael.helmrath@cchmc.org

    Michael A. Helmrath, MD, MS

    Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program

    Director of Surgical Research

    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Email: michael.helmrath@cchmc.org

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    Biography

    As a pediatric surgeon, Dr. Helmrath has dedicated his career to the care of patients with intestinal failure. The main focus of his laboratory is directed towards characterizing intestinal stem cells during intestinal adaptation and developing intestinal regenerative strategies. By combining his clinical experience as the surgical director of intestinal research and rehabilitation at Cincinnati Children’s, his long-term goal is to establish translational therapies for the management of patients with short bowel syndrome.

    Education and Training

    BA: Miami University, Oxford, OH, 1987.

    MD: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1993.

    MS: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, OH, 1989.

    Certification: Board-certified General Surgery; board-certified, Pediatric Surgery.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Mechanisms of intestinal stem cell expansion following resection. Principal Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease. Jul 2009 - June 2014. #R01DK083325.

    Collaborative approach to the study of intestinal epithelial stem cells. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Sep 2009 - Aug 2014. #1U01DK085547.

    Adolescent Bariatrics: Assessing Health Benefits & Risk. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 11/01/11 – 10/31/16. U01 DK072493.

    Human Endocrine Cell Development. Co-investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 04/01/12 – 03/31/17. R01 DK092456.


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    Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD
    Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center

    513-636-4415

    samuel.kocoshis@cchmc.org

    Samuel A. Kocoshis, MD

    Medical Director, Intestinal Care Center

    Medical Director, Small Bowel Transplantation Program

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: samuel.kocoshis@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Management of complex intestinal and liver disease; small bowel transplantation; general disorders of the gastrointestinal tract

    Research Interests

    Altered bile acid metabolism in gastrointestinal disease; small bowel transplantation; inflammatory bowel disease; short bowel syndrome

    Biography

    Samuel Kocoshis, MD, is an expert in the management of complex intestinal and liver disease at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center.

    Dr. Kocoshis is the director of the Pediatric Nutrition and Intestinal Care Center in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and is also the medical director of the Small Intestinal Transplantation Program. In addition, he is professor of pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Dr. Kocoshis' long-standing research interest has been altered bile acid metabolism in gastrointestinal disease. His current clinical research program focuses upon intestinal adaptation following massive small intestinal resection, as well as the immunology of intestinal transplantation.

    Prior to joining Cincinnati Children's, Dr. Kocoshis was chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and co-director of the Intestinal Care Center at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

    Dr. Kocoshis earned his bachelor's degree from DePauw University and his medical degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He completed an internship in pediatrics at the West Virginia University Medical Center; a residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh; and a clinical fellowship in gastroenterology at Yale University School of Medicine.

    Education and Training

    BS: DePauw University, Greencastle, IN.

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI. 

    Residency: Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA. 

    Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT.

    Publications

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    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD
    Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    513-636-4371

    jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

    Jaimie D. Nathan, MD

    Surgical Director, Intestinal Transplant Program

    Surgical Director, Pancreas Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: jaimie.nathan@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease; liver, kidney, and intestinal transplantation; pediatric surgical oncology; neonatal surgery; minimally invasive surgery

    Education and Training

    BS: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1993.

    MD: Yale University, New Haven, CT, 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1998-2000 and 2002-2005.

    Surgical Research Fellowship: Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 2000-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2005-2007.

    Transplant Surgery Fellowship: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2007-2009.

    Certification: American Board of Surgery, General Surgery, 2007; American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, 2008; American Society of Transplant Surgeons Certification, 2009.

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    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD
    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    513-636-4371

    frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD

    Professor of Surgery / Transplantation

    Sr. Vice President, Medical Operations

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: frederick.ryckman@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Transplantation; liver; kidney transplantation; small intestine; biliary disease; Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO); minimally invasive surgery; chest wall abnormalities

    Biography

    Frederick C. Ryckman, MD, is clinical director of the Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery Division.

    Dr. Ryckman is also vice president of System Capacity & Perioperative Operations.

    Dr. Ryckman is also a pediatric surgeon at the Cincinnati Fetal Center.

    Education and Training

    BS: Lyman Briggs College of Science and Mathematics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 1969 to 1973.

    MD: University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, MI, 1977.

    Residency: University of Florida Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, 1977 to 1982.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Surgery, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1982 to 1984.

    Certification: National Board of Medical Examiners, 1977; American Board of Surgery, 1983; recertification, 1993; Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery, 1986; recertification, 1993.

    Publications

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    Greg M. Tiao, MD
    Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    513-636-4371

    greg.tiao@cchmc.org

    Greg M. Tiao, MD

    Richard and Geralyn Azizkhan Chair in Pediatric Surgery

    Surgical Director, Liver Transplantation

    Associate Director, Pediatric Surgery Fellowship

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: greg.tiao@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biliary atresia

    Biography

    As a pediatric surgeon and a transplant surgeon, Dr. Tiao is involved in the care of children afflicted with biliary atresia from the time of presentation and diagnosis to the initial Kasai portoenterostomy to the liver transplant, when necessary. He sees the many challenges children and their families experience when diagnosed with this life threatening disease process. From that perspective, defining the basis of this disease process such that therapeutic strategies can be developed eliminating these complex interventions is his career goal. His short term goal is to develop an independent research laboratory investigating the pathogenesis of virus induced biliary atresia specifically seeking to determine the mechanistic basis of this disease so that new treatment strategies can be developed to salvage the native liver. 

    Dr. Tiao's  overarching hypothesis is that biliary atresia results from the infection of cholangiocytes by a virus triggering immune-mediated biliary obstruction. His focus is to determine the mechanisms used by RRV to infect cholangiocytes, how RRV undergoes replication within the cholangiocyte, and how infected cholangiocytes modify the microenvironment, activating the immune system resulting in biliary obstruction. Determination of the mechanistic basis of these inter-related events is essential to understanding the pathogenesis of virus induced BA. By focusing on the basis for the viral insult in the initiation of biliary atresia, he has defined an area of independence from Dr Jorge Bezerra, his primary research mentor. 

    Education and Training

    BS: Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 1986.

    MD: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL, 1990.

    Residency: Loyola University, Maywood, IL, 1991-1992; Senior Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1997;Chief Resident, Department of Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1997-1998.

    Fellowships: Research Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 1992-1995; Transplant Surgery Fellow, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2000-2002;Pediatric Surgery Fellow, Los Angeles Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, 1998-2000.

    Certification: Pediatric Surgeon, 2000; Transplant Surgeon, 2002.

    Publications

    Grants

    The Molecular Determinants of Virus Induced Biliary Induced Biliary Asteria. Principal Investigator. Apr 2011 - Mar 2016.

    Nycomed Liver Trial. Principal Investigator. 2012 - present. TC-2402-040-SP.