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Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Board Certified

About Me


I’m a pediatric gastroenterologist and researcher specializing in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and gastrointestinal problems in children with special needs. I enjoy getting to know each patient, not only from a medical perspective but also learning what they enjoy doing at home and school. This holistic approach allows me to help them thrive in their everyday life.

I was inspired to become a physician when I was in grade school, and I haven’t looked back. Working with children was always my goal, and I’m passionate about caring for kids who have gastrointestinal conditions.

In my research, I focus on improving the quality of care for children with gastrointestinal illnesses, especially IBD.

When I’m not helping patients, I enjoy spending time with my family, playing tennis, reading and traveling.

Clinical Interests

Pediatric gastroenterology; Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD); GI disorders for children with special needs

Research Interests

Quality improvement; pediatric IBD

Academic Affiliation

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



My Locations

My Education

MD: University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, KY.

Pediatric Residency: Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

Fellowship: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH.

My Publications

Expanding and Underscoring the Hepato-Encephalopathic Phenotype of QIL1/MIC13. Russell, BE; Whaley, KG; Bove, KE; Labilloy, A; Lombardo, RC; Hopkin, RJ; Leslie, ND; Prada, C; Assouline, Z; Barcia, G; et al. Hepatology. 2019; 70:1066-1070.

Contemporary Medical Management of Acute Severe Ulcerative Colitis. Whaley, KG; Rosen, MJ. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. 2019; 25:56-66.

Yield and Costs of Evaluating Children with Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. Lucia-Casadonte, CJ; Whaley, KG; Chogle, AS. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. 2018; 67:13-17.

50 Years Ago in THE JOURNAL OF PEDIATRICS: Cholestyramine Therapy in Patients with a Paucity of Intrahepatic Bile Ducts. Whaley, KG. The Journal of Pediatrics. 2017; 190:107-107.