Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Program

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    Director

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    Ajay Kaul, MD
    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    513-636-4415

    ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

    Ajay Kaul, MD

    Director, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders

    Director, Gastrointestinal Operations, Liberty Campus

    Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Fax: 513-636-7805

    Email: ajay.kaul@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical Interests

    Motility disorders; feeding disorders; GI problems in children with special needs

    Education and Training

    MD: Rani Durgawati University Medical School, Jabalpur, India, 1986.

    Residency: New Castle General Hospital, Tyne & Wear, UK / Children's Hospital/State University of New York, Buffalo, New York, 1995.

    Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1995-1998. 

    Certification: Pediatrics, 1995; Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1999.

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    Medical/Surgical Team

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    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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    Leslie Fitzharris, RN, APRN, CNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorder Program

    513-636-4415

    leslie.fitzharris@cchmc.org

    Leslie Fitzharris, RN, APRN, CNP

    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorder Program

    Phone: 513-636-4415

    Email: leslie.fitzharris@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Clinical

    Pediatric gastroenterology; motility disorders; DDBP

    Education and Training

    BS: Biology, University of Toledo, Toledo, OH, 1996.

    RN and NP: Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing, Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio, 1999.


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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.

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    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD
    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    513-636 3240

    belinda.dickie@cchmc.org

    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD

    Pediatric Surgeon, Peña Colorectal Center

    Surgical Director, Hemangioma and Vascular Malformation Program

    Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

    Phone: 513-636 3240

    Email: belinda.dickie@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Colorectal surgery; vascular malformations; minimally invasive surgery; general pediatric surgery

    Biography

    Belinda Hsi Dickie, MD, PhD, is the surgical director of the Hemangioma and Vascular Malformations Center since July 2013. She is also the director of the Vascular Anomalies Fellowship. Dr. Dickie is an assistant professor with the Division of Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. She obtained her medical degree at the University of Toronto, and completed general surgery residency and an advanced minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the University of Alberta. She continued her training, completing fellowships in pediatric vascular malformations and pediatric colorectal surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and in pediatric surgery at the University of Florida. She returned to Cincinnati Children’s in 2011.

    Dr. Dickie has a special interest in the medical and surgical treatment of vascular malformations, and minimally invasive surgery. She has a lab in vascular biology which looks at the genetics and molecular pathways involved with lymphangiogenesis, and the genetics involved in the development of vascular malformations. The lab is looking at novel mutations in vascular malformations and the potential effects on lymphatic growth, and different treatment alternatives.

    Education and Training

    MD: University of Toronto, Toronto,Ontario, Canada 1998.

    Residency: General Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

    Fellowship: Advanced Minimally Invasive Surgery, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; Vascular anomalies, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Colorectal Surgery, Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, OH; Pediatric Surgery, University of Florida Gainesville, Florida.

    Certification: General Surgery, 2006; Pediatric Surgery, 2011.

    PhD: 2008.

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    Steven J. Kraus, MD
    Chief, Radiography and Fluoroscopy

    513-636-7131

    steven.kraus@cchmc.org

    Steven J. Kraus, MD

    Chief, Radiography and Fluoroscopy

    Radiologist, Department of Radiology and Medical Imaging

    Associate Professor, UC Department of Radiology

    Phone: 513-636-7131

    Fax: 513-636-8145

    Email: steven.kraus@cchmc.org

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    Specialties

    Genitourinary; gastrointestinal imaging in children

    Biography

    Steven Kraus, MD, grew up in New England and received his BS from the University of Hartford, and his MS degree from the University of Connecticut.

    Dr. Kraus received his MD from the Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, and completed a radiology residency at the University of Minnesota Medical Center. He completed a two-year fellowship in pediatric radiology at Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.

    Dr. Kraus is currently the division chief of Radiology and Fluoroscopy at Cincinnati Children's. His special areas of clinical interest are genitourinary and gastrointestinal imaging in children. 

    Dr. Kraus' research interests include imaging of anorectal malformations, radiologic workup in children with urinary tract infections and outcomes studies in GI and GU radiology. He has particular interest in medical education. 

    Education and Training

    BS: University of Hartford, West Hartford, CT, 1979-1983.

    MS: University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT, 1983-1987.

    MD: Medical College of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.

    Internship: Transitional Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1992-1993.

    Residency: Diagnostic Radiology, University of Minnesota Health Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1993-1997. 

    Fellowship: Chief Fellow, Pediatric Radiology, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, 1997-1999.

    Certification: Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 1997; CAQ Pediatric Radiology, American Board of Radiology, 2000.

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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.


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    Sandra S. Wright
    Clinical Staff Physician, Emergency Services

    513-636-7966

    sandra.wright2@cchmc.org

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    Sandra S. Wright

    Clinical Staff Physician, Emergency Services

    Phone: 513-636-7966

    Email: sandra.wright2@cchmc.org

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    Education and Training

    MD: Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA, 2007.

    Residency: Pediatrics, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, 2010.