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Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

My Biography & Research


I’m a physician and scientist whose clinical and research activities focus on neurogastroenterology, including motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGIDs).

I became a pediatric clinician and researcher because childhood illnesses take such a large toll on function, quality of life and family dynamics. I want to play a role in alleviating patient and caregiver struggles. In my clinical practice, I diagnose motility disorders, teach children and their families how to cope with chronic illness and prepare them for the eventual transition from pediatric to adult gastroenterology care. I also work closely with other pediatric specialists at Cincinnati Children’s; together we use a multidisciplinary approach to provide patient-centered care.

My research interests include irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, abdominal migraine and functional abdominal pain not otherwise specified. Because current pharmacologic treatments for FGIDs are suboptimal, we’re looking at ways to improve care using a biopsychosocial approach. To that end, I’m studying the effects of sleep and other biopsychosocial influences on pain and the effects of neurostimulation on chronic pain.

Outside of my clinical, scientific and teaching duties, I’m a member of the Center for Understanding Pediatric Pain, the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), and the American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society (ANMS). I am also the vice chair of the NASPGHAN Integrative Medicine Special Interest Group.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric gastroenterology; neurogastroenterology and motility disorders; functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID)

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Clinical Divisions

Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders, Gastroenterology GI

Research Divisions

Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition

My Locations

My Education

MD: State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY, 2014.

MBBS: Seth GS Medical College and King Edward Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India, 2009.

Residency: General Pediatrics, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY.

Clinic Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Louisiana State University, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA.

Certifications: American Board of Pediatrics, 2014; Education Committee for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG), 2009.

My Publications

Non-pharmacologic approach to pediatric constipation. Santucci, NR; Chogle, A; Leiby, A; Mascarenhas, M; Borlack, RE; Lee, A; Perez, M; Russell, A; Yeh, AM. Complementary Therapies in Medicine. 2021; 59.

7 Approach to the Child with a Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder. Hyman, PE; Santucci, NR. Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease. 2021.

Functional Nausea, Gut, Brain, or Both?. Santucci, NR. Journal of Pediatrics. 2020; 225:8-9.

New advances in the treatment of paediatric functional abdominal pain disorders. Santucci, NR; Saps, M; van Tilburg, MA. The Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2020; 5:316-328.

Self-Efficacy in Children with Functional Constipation Is Associated with Treatment Success. Santucci, NR; Rein, LE; van Tilburg, MA; Karpinski, A; Rosenberg, A; Amado-Feeley, A; Stoops, E; Herdes, RE; Hyman, PE. (2020) 216:19-24.

Sa1294 – Pharyngeal and Upper Esophageal Sphincter Motor Dynamics During Normal Swallow. Damrongmanee, A; El-Chammas, K; Zang, H; Fei, L; Santucci, N; Kaul, A. Gastroenterology. 2019; 156.

Do Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Affect Growth and Nutrition?. Santucci, NR; Hyman, PE. Journal of Pediatrics. 2018; 199:9-10.

Development and validation of a childhood self-efficacy for functional constipation questionnaire. Santucci, NR; Hyman, PE; Karpinski, A; Rosenberg, A; Garguilo, D; Rein, LE; Amado-Feeley, A; Stoops, E; Herdes, RE; van Tilburg, MA L. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2018; 30.

Functional Pelvic Floor Disorders: Concurrent Bowel and Bladder Symptoms. Hyman, PE; Santucci, NR. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2017; 64:847-848.

Biliary Dyskinesia in Children: A Systematic Review. Santucci, NR; Hyman, PE; Harmon, CM; Schiavo, JH; Hussain, SZ. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2017; 64:186-193.