What is “world-class” care for digestive disorders?

It’s avoiding the need for a major transplant operation by connecting a toddler who has intestinal failure to a helpful clinical drug trial and a life-altering nutritional intervention program.

It’s a team of experts recognizing that an 8-year-old boy with intestinal bleeding actually had a severe blood vessel obstruction in his liver—then performing the surgery he needed to get back to school.

It’s being the only pediatric medical center in the region that provides fecal microbiota transplants to help children with out-of-balance digestive systems.

These advanced services are just some of the reasons why our Gastroenterology program, is ranked No. 3 in the nation in the 2017-18 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.

Our gastroenterologists provide care to more than 12,000 children each year, some with relatively common conditions such as abdominal pain and inflammatory bowel disease, and others with very rare diseases, such as Alagille syndrome, eosinophilic esophagitis, and familial pancreatitis.

“We bring together an outstanding team of physicians, surgeons, nurses and nutritionists who are dedicated to helping children no matter how complex their condition may be,” says Jorge Bezerra, MD, Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s.

This year, we became one of the few hospitals in the country to offer an Advanced Nutrition Program to support children with complex diseases after they receive equally complex surgical care. The goal: better results and faster recovery. 

 “We focus so intently on nutrition because good nutrition is central to the body’s ability to recover from illness in general, severe diseases requiring ICU care, and after surgery,” Bezerra says.

Why we stand out:

  • Our Liver and Intestinal teams rank among the best in the United States. We have performed 614 liver transplants since 1986 and 46 intestinal transplants since 2003. Yet we also are leaders at managing severe conditions so that transplants do not become necessary.
  • Our Pancreas Care Center is one of only two pediatric programs nationwide noted by the National Pancreas Foundation as a center of excellence.
  • Our Center for Eosinophilic Disorders is the most comprehensive clinic of its kind. Recent research conducted here has revealed vital clues about the genetic underpinnings of these conditions, which eventually will lead to improved treatments.
  • Researchers supporting the care provided through our Schubert-Martin Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center are developing new biomarkers that can predict the severity of disease and help guide treatment for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • In collaboration with our colorectal team, our rapidly growing Motility Disorders Program treated more than 400 patients in the last year with Hirschsprung’s disease, severe chronic constipation, and other complex conditions.
  • We meet the unique needs of children with swallowing and feeding disorders at our  Interdisciplinary Feeding Team Clinic.
  • Children with liver complications related to obesity receive the latest treatment approaches at our Steatohepatitis Center.

Learn more about our Division of Gastroenterology.