Helping Kids Smile Again

Cincinnati Children’s Ranked No. 3 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery Program in U.S.

A digestive disorder is more than a health issue: Conditions that affect the GI tract, pancreas or liver keep children from feeling like themselves.

At Cincinnati Children’s, we’re committed to finding the answers to help your child feel healthy — and smile again.

That’s how we measure success.

We understand how digestive disorders can affect every aspect of life – school, friends, family time and much more. Our team of nationally renowned physicians, surgeons, therapists, nurses and other care providers put your child at the center of every decision, care model and treatment plan.

We listen to your questions, concerns and goals, and offer the latest diagnostic tools, proven procedures and treatment strategies to bring hope, health and happiness back to your family.

Caring for children is our calling – not a job. We tackle challenges, discover innovative ways to help with even the most complex issues so that your child can feel better.

A Team Approach to Care

For common digestive disorders, our gastroenterologists and nurses work with your child and family to implement treatment. Complex digestive disorders that impact many areas of the body are handled collaboratively. We work closely with the specialists your child needs – whether that’s allergy and immunology; ear, nose and throat physicians; radiologists or referring providers – to find the answers to help your child feel better.

  • Our Liver Center team includes physicians and surgeons who work closely together to evaluate every child with liver disease and offer treatment, including clinical trials and a liver transplant if needed. Their work and commitment to children and research has earned them recognition as one of the top liver centers in the world.
  • The Schubert-Martin Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center treats the whole child to offer hope and relief for children with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis.
  • Our Pancreas Care Center is one of only two pediatric programs recognized as a center of excellence by the National Pancreas Foundation.
  • Our Neurogastroenterology and Motility Disorders Center offers neuromodulation therapy, delivered via a noninvasive electroauricular device (EAD) to improve outcomes for children.

The Best at Getting Better

We’re honored to be recognized as the No. 3 pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. But we take the most pride in the care, compassion and research advances our team delivers to the children and families we see every day, including:

  • Simplifying diagnostic tests for biliary atresia. Scientists have discovered a blood protein that, when present at high levels, indicates biliary atresia. This simple test helps lower costs, improves accuracy of diagnosis and allows children to skip some diagnostic tests and go straight to treatment.
  • Developing a biomarker of disease activity for children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Identifying and understanding a biomarker can help tailor treatment for better results.
  • Leading research for liver, pancreas and GI diseases as one of 18 National Institutes of Health-funded digestive centers. Cincinnati Children’s is the only center among those 18 that focuses on pediatric digestive disorders.
  • Providing TPIAT procedures for children with severe and chronic pancreatitis.
  • Providing successful living transplant to children of all ages, including the very young and small. Our living donor program offers a second option for life-saving treatment that can greatly reduce time on the waiting list.
  • Developing MRI liver biomarkers to stage autoimmune liver disease, which will help measure the success of treatments.
  • Developing new treatment strategies to block inflammation and improve symptoms of children with allergic diseases of the esophagus and intestines at the Center for Eosinophilic Disorders.
  • Offering a multidisciplinary approach to promoting intestinal growth and better absorption of nutrients. Our gastroenterologists at the Intestinal Rehabilitation Center led a clinical trial of a new medication that allowed children to reach full enteral feedings, thus substantially decreasing or eliminating the need for parenteral nutrition.

Our Scorecard

Gastroenterology & GI Surgery.
U.S. News & World Report scored our gastroenterology program on outcomes & experience; numbers of patients & procedures; key programs, services & staff; professional recognition; quality improvement efforts; and patient support. See details