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.
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.
Pediatric gastroenterology; neurogastroenterology and motility disorders; functional gastrointestinal disorders (FGID)
Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders, Gastroenterology GI
Gastroenterology Hepatology and Nutrition
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The microbiome in adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome and changes with percutaneous electrical nerve field stimulation. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2023; 35:e14573.
712 CHILDREN WITH ABDOMINAL PAIN PREDOMINANT DISORDERS OF GUT-BRAIN INTERACTION HAVE MORE SLEEP DISTURBANCES. FIRST OF A KIND SCHOOL STUDY. Gastroenterology. 2023; 164:s-149.
Mo2004 EFFICACY OF SACRAL NERVE STIMULATION IN CHILDREN WITH REFRACTORY IDIOPATHIC CONSTIPATION. Gastroenterology. 2023; 164:s-950.
Mo2013 PSYCHOLOGICAL DISTRESS IN CHILDREN WITH DISORDERS OF GUT-BRAIN INTERACTION IN COLOMBIA. Gastroenterology. 2023; 164:s-953-s-954.
High amplitude propagated contractions with Glycerin versus Bisacodyl: A within-subject comparison in children undergoing colonic manometry. Neurogastroenterology and Motility. 2023; 35:e14544.
144 OUTCOMES OF PERCUTANEOUS ELECTRICAL NERVE FIELD STIMULATION COMPARED TO STANDARD MEDICAL THERAPY IN ADOLESCENTS WITH FUNCTIONAL ABDOMINAL PAIN DISORDERS. Gastroenterology. 2023; 164:s-29.
Clinical Hypnosis for Pediatric Gastrointestinal Disorders: A Practical Guide for Clinicians. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2023; 76:271-277.
Evaluation of Chronic Constipation in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2023; 76:154-159.
Pediatric gastrointestinal neuromodulation: A review. The Saudi Journal of Gastroenterology. 2022; 28:403-412.
Anal Sphincter Defect and Fecal Incontinence. 2022; 3:e254.