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.

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Herbal Approaches to Pediatric Functional Abdominal Pain. Cherry, RN; Blanchard, SS; Chogle, A; Santucci, NR; Mehta, K; Russell, AC. Children. 2022; 9.

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.

Outcomes of combined pyloric botulinum toxin injection and balloon dilation in dyspepsia with and without delayed gastric emptying. Santucci, N; Kemme, S; El-Chammas, K; Chidambaram, M; Mathur, M; Castillo, D; Sun, Q; Fei, L; Kaul, A. Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. 2022; 28:268-275.

Pediatric gastrointestinal neuromodulation: A review. El-Chammas, KI; Santucci, NR; Mansi, S; Kaul, A. Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. 2022.

Effect of Mirtazapine on Nausea in Children with Functional Nausea and Functional Dyspepsia Postprandial Distress Syndrome. Iglesias-Escabi, IM; Kleesattel, D; McDaniel, LS; Reuther, E; LeBlanc, C; Hyman, PE; Santucci, NR. Paediatric Drugs. 2022; 24:155-161.

Elevated fecal calprotectin is linked to psychosocial complexity in pediatric functional abdominal pain disorders. Moorman, EL; Farrell, M; Santucci, N; Denson, L; Le, C; Cunningham, NR. BMC Research Notes. 2021; 14.

Effects of Provocative Testing on Phase III Migrating Motor Complex in Children. Damrongmanee, A; El-Chammas, K; Fei, L; Liu, C; Santucci, N; Kaul, A. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2021; 73:507-512.

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.

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