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Philip E. Putnam, MD

  • Director, Endoscopy Services
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
It's always been easy for me to relate to children and gain their confidence. My philosophy of care is to do it all, do it now and do it right.



I’m an endoscopist with more than 30 years of experience in advanced endoscopic techniques for stricture management and gastrointestinal bleeding. I also direct Cincinnati Children’s Endoscopy Services.

As a pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) doctor, I treat children and adolescents with a variety of disorders related to their GI tract. These conditions include:

  • Disorders of the esophagus, such as inflammatory disease including gastroesophageal reflux disease, eosinophilic esophagitis and caustic ingestion
  • Congenital disabilities, such as tracheoesophageal fistula (TEF) and strictures
  • Post-surgical strictures

I also see patients who have cyclic vomiting syndrome, as well as patients with complex disorders affecting both the GI and respiratory tract, which are known as aerodigestive disorders.

Our experienced, multidisciplinary team approaches each of these conditions as a team that includes the patient and their family. It's always been easy for me to relate to children and gain their confidence. My philosophy of care is to do it all, do it now and do it right.

Although I don't directly supervise research projects, I’m involved with studies assessing new approaches to the evaluation and management of eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, including new biologic therapies.

In my free time, I like to fish. I am also a classical pianist.

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International Consensus Recommendations for Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Nomenclature. Dellon, ES; Gonsalves, N; Abonia, JP; Alexander, JA; Arva, NC; Atkins, D; Attwood, SE; Auth, MK H; Bailey, DD; Biederman, L; et al. Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2022; 20:2474-2484.e3.

Endoscopic approach to eosinophilic esophagitis: American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Consensus Conference. Aceves, SS; Alexander, JA; Baron, TH; Bredenoord, AJ; Day, L; Dellon, ES; Falk, GW; Furuta, GT; Gonsalves, N; Hirano, I; et al. Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. 2022; 96:576-592.e1.

Slide Tracheoplasty for Repair of Complex Tracheoesophageal Fistulas. Kennedy, AA; Hart, CK; de Alarcon, A; Putnam, PE; von Allmen, D; Lehenbauer, D; Bryant, R; Torres-Silva, C; Rutter, MJ. Laryngoscope. 2022; 132:1542-1547.

Single-cell RNA sequencing of mast cells in eosinophilic esophagitis reveals heterogeneity, local proliferation, and activation that persists in remission. Ben-Baruch Morgenstern, N; Ballaban, AY; Wen, T; Shoda, T; Caldwell, JM; Kliewer, K; Felton, JM; Abonia, JP; Mukkada, VA; Putnam, PE; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2022; 149:2062-2077.

Evaluating Eosinophilic Colitis as a Unique Disease Using Colonic Molecular Profiles: A Multi-Site Study. Shoda, T; Collins, MH; Rochman, M; Wen, T; Caldwell, JM; Mack, LE; Osswald, GA; Besse, JA; Haberman, Y; Aceves, SS; et al. Gastroenterology. 2022; 162:1635-1649.

Acquired Esophageal Strictures in Children: Morphometric and Immunohistochemical Analyses. Collins, MH; Alexander, ES; Martin, LJ; Grotjan, TM; Mukkada, VA; Sheil, A; Abonia, JP; Putnam, PE; Rothenberg, ME. Pediatric and Developmental Pathology. 2022; 25:124-133.

Development of a core outcome set for therapeutic studies in eosinophilic esophagitis (COREOS). Ma, C; Schoepfer, AM; Dellon, ES; Bredenoord, AJ; Chehade, M; Collins, MH; Feagan, BG; Furuta, GT; Gupta, SK; Hirano, I; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2022; 149:659-670.

Loss of Endothelial TSPAN12 Promotes Fibrostenotic Eosinophilic Esophagitis via Endothelial Cell-Fibroblast Crosstalk. Shoda, T; Wen, T; Caldwell, JM; Ben-Baruch Morgenstern, N; Osswald, GA; Rochman, M; Mack, LE; Felton, JM; Abonia, JP; Arva, NC; et al. Gastroenterology. 2022; 162:439-453.

Development and Validation of Web-Based Tool to Predict Lamina Propria Fibrosis in Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Hiremath, G; Sun, L; Correa, H; Acra, S; Collins, MH; Bonis, P; Arva, NC; Capocelli, KE; Falk, GW; King, E; et al. American Journal of Gastroenterology. 2022; 117:272-279.

Desmoplakin and periplakin genetically and functionally contribute to eosinophilic esophagitis. Shoda, T; Kaufman, KM; Wen, T; Caldwell, JM; Osswald, GA; Purnima, P; Zimmermann, N; Collins, MH; Rehn, K; Foote, H; et al. Nature Communications. 2021; 12.

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