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Kahleb Graham, MD

  • Physician, Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Center
  • Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
I like to develop personal connections with my patients and their families.



As a pediatric gastroenterologist (GI doctor), I care for children and adolescents with abdominal pain, functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs), and neurogastroenterology and motility disorders. These conditions involve interactions between the brain and the gastrointestinal (GI) tract that affect motility, which is the movement of food through the GI tract.

My experience as a former middle school teacher inspired me to want to work with kids with medical issues and help them function optimally. In my practice, I think of patients and their problems holistically and treat them as whole people, not just diseases. I like to develop personal connections with my patients and their families.

My research focuses on how the brain and the gastrointestinal tract are interconnected.

I enjoy spending my free time coaching basketball and football.

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Effect of percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation on mechanosensitivity, sleep, and psychological comorbidities in adolescents with functional abdominal pain disorders. Santucci, NR; King, C; El-Chammas, KI; Wongteerasut, A; Damrongmanee, A; Graham, K; Fei, L; Sahay, R; Jones, C; Cunningham, NR; et al. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2022; 34.

Gastrointestinal conditions. Graham, K; El-Chammas, K. Pediatric Anesthesia: A Comprehensive Approach to Safe and Effective Care. 2022.

Development of Entrustable Professional Activities and Standards in Training in Pediatric Neurogastroenterology and Motility: North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Position Paper. Khlevner, J; Rosen, R; Ambartsumyan, L; Lusman, SS; Rosen, JM; Yacob, D; Mousa, H; Nurko, S; Lorenzo, CD; Boruta, M; et al. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 72:168-180.

Robust, 3-Dimensional Visualization of Human Colon Enteric Nervous System Without Tissue Sectioning. Graham, KD; Lopez, SH; Sengupta, R; Shenoy, A; Schneider, S; Wright, CM; Feldman, M; Furth, E; Valdivieso, F; Lemke, A; et al. Gastroenterology. 2020; 158:2221-2235.e5.

Barriers in Neurogastroenterology and Motility Training Experience for Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellows. Graham, K; Belkind-Gerson, J; Darbari, A; Boyle, JT. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2019; 68:806-810.

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