Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Meet the Team

    The Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease 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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    Pediatric gastroenterologists

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    Lee A. Denson, MD
    Medical Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    513-636-7575

    lee.denson@cchmc.org

    Lee A. Denson, MD

    Medical Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-7575

    Email: lee.denson@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Inflammatory bowel disease; growth failure; celiac disease

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    Biography

    The primary focus of Dr. Lee A. Denson's laboratory is to determine the molecular basis for alterations in growth hormone signaling in inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD).

    Normal growth and development are dependent upon the ability of growth hormone to regulate IGF-1 expression. Evidence from studies in children with IBD and mouse models of colitis indicates that inflammatory cytokines which are up regulated in this setting may cause an acquired GH resistance. Consequences may include growth failure, altered body composition and impaired mucosal healing.

    We are using complementary experimental and patient-based approaches to investigate regulation of growth hormone signaling in mouse models of colitis and in children with Crohn's disease. These include down regulation of the growth hormone receptor and up regulation of a family of post-receptor inhibitory proteins, the Suppressors of Cytokine Signaling (SOCS). These studies should lead to the development of more effective therapies for children with IBD and other chronic inflammatory conditions.

    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA, 1993

    Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, 1993-96.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1996 & 2002.

    Fellowship: Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 1996-99.

    Publications

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    Phillip Minar, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Email: phillip.minar@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Pediatric gastroenterology; biomarkers of treatment response and disease severity in inflammatory bowel disease.

    Education and Training

    BA: Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA.

    MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

    Residency: Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin/Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI.

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

    Certification: General Pediatrics; Pediatric Gastroenterology.


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    Michael J. Rosen, MD, MSCI
    Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    513-636-8948

    michael.rosen@cchmc.org

    Michael J. Rosen, MD, MSCI

    Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    Physician, Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-8948

    Email: michael.rosen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Inflammatory bowel disease

    Research

    Inflammatory bowel disease; intestinal mucosal immunology

    Biography

    Michael J. Rosen, MD, MSCI, focuses his career on the clinical care of children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), and to research aimed at better understanding the causes of chronic inflammation in childhood IBD. The primary focus of Dr. Rosen's laboratory is on the contribution of Type 2 (Th2) inflammation to pediatric colitis.  Studies from Dr. Rosen’s lab have demonstrated increased mucosal activation of STAT6, a key Th2 cellular signaling protein, in children with ulcerative colitis and shown a role for STAT6 in perpetuating inflammation in a mouse model similar to ulcerative colitis. 

    Dr. Rosen is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the expression of genes related to Th2 inflammation in colon tissue form a large cohort of children with IBD.  In addition, his laboratory is conducting ongoing studies with transgenic animal models to determine the mechanisms by which proteins important in perpetuating Th2 inflammatory responses contribute to inflammation in colitis. 

    Dr. Rosen serves on the National Pediatric Affairs Committee for the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA).  His a past recipient of the Fellow to Faculty Transition Award in IBD and the George Ferry Young Investigator Award from the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN).

    Education and Training

    MD: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 2003.

    Residency: Boston Combined Residency Program in Pediatrics (Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center), Boston, MA, 2003-2006.

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the Monroe Carell, Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, TN  2006-2009.

    Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI): Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, 2009.

    Certification: Pediatrics, 2007; Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2009.

    Publications

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    Grants

    Th2 Cytokines and Signaling in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIH/NIDDK). Mar 2013-Mar 2018.
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    Shehzad Ahmed Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF
    Clinical Director, Schubert–Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    513-803-3251

    shehzad.saeed@cchmc.org

    Shehzad Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF

    Clinical Director, Schubert–Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    Clinical Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

    Medical Director, Gi/Colorectal Inpatient Unit

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-803-3251

    Email: shehzad.saeed@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Inflammatory bowel disease

    Research

    Quality improvement in inflammatory bowel disease

    Biography

    Shehzad Saeed, MD, is interested in the epidemiology of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Specifically, he studies the genetic and phenotypic correlations as well as risk stratification for surgery in children with IBD. Additionally, Dr. Saeed is also involved in outcomes research of patients with IBD. 

    Dr. Saeed completed his medical education at Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, and then served his pediatric residency at University of Chicago Children’s Hospital. He then completed subspecialty training in pediatric gastroenterology at Floating Hospital for Children, New England Medical Center, and Tufts University, Boston. His focus of interest was inflammatory bowel diseases under the mentorship of Richard J Grand, MD. He has subsequently served as fellowship director and division director of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Sciences at University of Alabama at Birmingham. He currently serves as the clinical director of the Schubert-Martin Pediatric IBD Center, and is associate professor of pediatrics at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

    Education and Training

    MD: Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan.

    Residencies: Pediatrics, Dow Medical College and Civil Hospital, Karachi, Pakistan; Pediatrics, University of Chicago Children’s Hospital (formerly known as Wyler Children’s Hospital).

    Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, The Floating Hospital for Children, New England Medical Center, Tufts University.

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    Gastroenterology nurse coordinators

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    Pamela J. Morgan, RN
    Program Administrator , Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

    513-636-6995

    pam.morgan@cchmc.org

    Pediatric surgeons

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    Richard A. Falcone Jr., MD, MPH
    Director, Trauma Services

    513-636-4371

    richard.falcone@cchmc.org

    Richard A. Falcone, MD, MPH

    Director, Trauma Services

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: richard.falcone@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric injury prevention and outcomes; trauma education; management of colorectal disorders; inflammatory bowel disease; minimally invasive surgery; surgical oncology; extracorporeal life support (ECLS)

    Research Interests

    Injury prevention; health disparities; pediatric colorectal disorders; use of simulation to improve teamwork and safety

    Education and Training

    MPH: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, 2007.

    MD: New York University School of Medicine, 1995.

    General Surgery Residency: University of Cincinnati, 1995-2002.

    Pediatric Surgery Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002-2004.

    Certification: Surgery 2004; Pediatric Surgery 2006.

    Publications

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    Jason S. Frischer, MD
    Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    513-636-3240

    jason.frischer@cchmc.org

    Jason S. Frischer, MD

    Director, Peña Colorectal Center

    Director, Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) Program

    Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-3240

    Fax: 513-636-3248

    Email: jason.frischer@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis); Hirschsprung disease; anorectal malformations; fecal incontinence and constipation; minimally invasive surgery; ECMO; congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH)epidermolysis bullosa (EB)

    Biography

    Jason S. Frischer, MD, has been named the director of the Peña Colorectal Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He earned his medical degree at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. He obtained his medical degree at SUNY Downstate and went on to complete his general surgery and chief residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York where he focused his training on inflammatory bowel disease.  Additionally, he spent two years as the ECMO fellow and postdoctoral research fellow in angiogenesis at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.  Dr. Frischer completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of New York, Columbia University.

    Dr. Frischer has a special interest in pediatric colorectal surgery including inflammatory bowel disease (IBD, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), Hirschsprung’s disease anorectal malformations (ARM), fecal incontinence and constipation. He serves as the director of the ECMO program and is a member of the congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) team. He is also a member of the Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB) Center. He has an interest in neonatal surgery and minimally invasive surgery.

    Dr. Frischer is a member of Alpha Omega Alpha (national medical honor society) and was selected by Cincy Magazine Best Doctors from 2010 to 2013. He also was selected by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. and U.S. News & World Report “Top Doctors” in 2012 and 2013.

    Education and Training

    BS: Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1995.

    MD: SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY, 1999.

    Residency: Mount Sinai School of Medicine, The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, 2000-2001 and 2003-2006.

    ECMO/Research Fellowship: Children's Hospital of New York - Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2001-2003.

    Pediatric Surgery Residency: Children's Hospital of New York – Presbyterian, Columbia University, New York, NY, 2006-2008.

    Certification: General Surgery, 2007; Pediatric Surgery, 2010.

    Publications

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    Daniel von Allmen, MD
    Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    513-636-4371

    daniel.vonallmen@cchmc.org

    Daniel von Allmen, MD

    Director, Division of General and Thoracic Surgery

    Professor, UC Department of Surgery

    Phone: 513-636-4371

    Fax: 513-636-7657

    Email: daniel.vonallmen@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Pediatric surgical oncology; pediatric inflammatory bowel disease; surgical innovation; surgical robotics

    Research Interests

    Oncology; innovation; surgical workforce 

    Biography

    Daniel von Allmen, MD, comes to Cincinnati from Chapel Hill, NC where he was the surgeon-in-chief and division chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital.

    Dr. von Allmen completed his general surgery training at the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He is currently the Program Committee chair of the American Pediatric Surgical Association. He also serves on the Program Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section and is a member of the Steering Committee for the Surgical Section of the Children’s Oncology Group.

    Dr. von Allmen's special clinical interests include pediatric surgical oncology, pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, surgical innovation, and surgical robotics.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Vermont College of Medicine.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH.

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

    Certifications: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery.

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    Pediatric psychologists

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    Sandra Cortina, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    sandra.cortina@cchmc.org

    Sandra Cortina, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director of Clinical Services, Center for Adherence and Self-Management

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: sandra.cortina@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Biography

    Sandra Cortina, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology. She currently serves as a clinical faculty member and Director of Clinical Service for the Center for the Promotion of Treatment Adherence and Self-Management.

    Dr. Cortina provides leadership in the integration of clinical care and research as part of the Center’s innovative clinical effectiveness program. She provides out-patient treatment to patients and families coping with a variety of chronic pediatric illness conditions. She specializes in adherence to medical treatment, behavioral concerns, and general psychosocial adjustment of patients and families. Specific out-patient services include providing cognitive behavioral and parent training strategies, follow-up of patient adjustment to new diagnosis, and utilizing motivational interviewing techniques.

    Dr. Cortina also serves as a consultant to a multi-site, randomized control trial of an intervention to promote adherence to oral medication among adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, as well as an intervention to promote adherence among young adults with lupus. Finally, she is involved with Dr. Drotar in the development of several manuscripts pertaining to patient and family adjustment to chronic illness, as well as behavioral adherence to medical treatment.

    Education and Training

    BA: Psychology, Trinity University, 2000.

    PhD: Counseling Psychology, University of Iowa, 2007.

    Internship/Residency: Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 2005.

    Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital, 2006; Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2007 

    Publications

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    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    kevin.hommel@cchmc.org

    Kevin A. Hommel, PhD

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Director, Divisional Data Core

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-803-0415

    Email: kevin.hommel@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Promotion of treatment adherence; self-management in pediatric chronic conditions

    Research Interests

    Adherence and self-management assessment methodology; behavioral treatment of nonadherence; promotion of self-management behavior; impact of adherence and self-management on health outcomes; quality of life in pediatric chronic conditions

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    Biography

    Dr. Hommel's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. Many of his studies are focused on developing, testing (via randomized controlled trial), and optimizing behavioral treatments for nonadherence in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), as well as examining the effects of nonadherence on disease outcomes and health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Dr. Hommel is also involved in studies that are aimed at developing HRQoL measures in functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID) and eosinophilic esophagitis. He is a co-investigator on the PROTECT study, which is a multisite U01 study aimed at defining the rate of corticosteroid-free remission in pediatric patients with ulcerative colitis receiving standardized medical therapy.  Additionally, Dr. Hommel is a co-investigator on a multisite R01 study aimed at developing and testing a collaborative chronic care network (C3N) to improve treatment outcomes in children with IBD.

    Dr. Hommel came to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2008 from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He continues to collaborate with investigators at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a site principal investigator on two studies funded by the NIDDK. The first is evaluating the efficacy of a low magnitude mechanical stimulus intervention to improve bone mineral density in children with Crohn's disease and the second is examining the effects of a novel lipid matrix supplement on choline status in children with cystic fibrosis.

    Education and Training

    BA: University of Central Oklahoma, 1996.

    MS: Oklahoma State University,1999.

    PhD: Oklahoma State University, 2002.

    Residency
    : Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2002.

    Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, 2004.

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    Grants

    Open Source Science: Transforming Chronic Illness Care. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases / National Institute of Nursing Research. 2009 - 2014.

    Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM Study). Principal Investigator. National Institutes of Health / National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. 2011 - 2016.

    Predicting Response to Standard Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT study. Co-Investigator. National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 2012 - 2017.


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    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP
    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    513-636-4336

    michael.mellon@cchmc.org

    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, ABPP

    Clinical Psychologist, Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4336

    Fax: 513-636-7756

    Email: michael.mellon@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) application to children with IBD and their families

    Research Interests

    The development of child and parent self-report measures of experiential avoidance and cognitive fusion related to IBD

    Biography

    Michael W. Mellon, PhD, earned his PhD from the University of Memphis and completed an internship at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. Mellon is currently a pediatric psychologist in the Department of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center providing psychological care to patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

    Dr. Mellon has also worked in the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology at the Mayo Clinic as the co-director of the Mayo Clinic-Dana Child Development and Learning Disorders Program, and director of the Enuresis and Encopresis Clinic. Dr. Mellon has published and presented papers at national conferences in the areas of behavioral treatments for enuresis and encopresis.

    Recent research activities include a study of the relationship between ADHD and elimination disorders, and a study identifying predictors of outcome in conditioning treatment of primary nocturnal enuresis.

    Education and Training

    PhD: University of Memphis, Memphis, TN, 1993.

    Residency: University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS, 1992.

    Certification: American Board of Professional Psychology, Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, 2009.

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    Pediatric pain management

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    Kenneth R. Goldschneider, MD, FAAP
    Director, Division of Pain Management

    513-636-7768

    kenneth.goldschneider@cchmc.org

    Kenneth R. Goldschneider, MD, FAAP

    Director, Division of Pain Management

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-7768

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: kenneth.goldschneider@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Complex chronic pain conditions in infants, children and young adults, including those related to vascular malformations, epidermolysis bullosa and cancer.

    Research Interests

    Outcomes of pain treatment, with a focus on outpatient, chronic pain management.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Connecticut Health Center School of Medicine, Farmington, CT, 1991. 

    Residency: Pediatrics, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1991 - 1994; Anesthesiology, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, 1994-1997. 

    Fellowship: Pediatric Anesthesia, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1997 - 1998; Pain Management, Longwood Combined Pain Fellowship, The Children's Hospital, Boston, MA, 1998 - 1999. 

    Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 1994; American Board of Anesthesiology, 1998; ABA Pain Management, 2000.

    Publications

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    Alexandra Szabova, MD

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Anesthesia

    Phone: 513-636-7768

    Fax: 513-636-2920

    Email: alexandra.szabova@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Chronic pediatric pain management; chronic pediatric and adolescent back and musculoskeletal pain management; acute pain management; pediatric regional anesthesia techniques; interventional pain management; pediatric anesthesia

    Biography

    Alexandra Szabova, MD, joined the staff of Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 2006. She has worked as a pediatric anesthesiologist, but also became a team member of the multidisciplinary chronic pediatric pain clinic.

    Dr. Szabova demonstrated strong interest in pediatric chronic pain management during her training.
    She graduated from a combined pediatric and adult chronic pain management fellowship which was a result of close collaboration between the Cincinnati Children's and Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

    Dr. Szabova received her medical degree from the Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia, and completed her residency in Anesthesia at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

    Dr. Szabova completed her combined pediatric and adult chronic pain management at Cincinnati Children's and Cleveland Clinic Foundation where is served as a chief fellow. She graduated with The Pain Fellow of the Year Award. Dr. Szabova completed pediatric anesthesia fellowship at the Cincinnati Children's.

    Dr. Szabova's interests include chronic pediatric pain management, musculoskeletal pain in children and adolescents, acute pain management of surgical and non surgical pediatric patients, regional nerve blocks, and pediatric anesthesia.

    Education and Training

    MD: Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia, 1995.

    Residency: Anesthesiology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH.

    Fellowship: Pain Management, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH; Pediatric Anesthesia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

    Certification: Anesthesiology, 2005; ABA Pain Medicine, 2005.