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Gastroenterology

GastroenterologyThe Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition at The Children's Hospital at Montefiore (CHAM) has traditionally been one of the premier centers for children with gastrointestinal, nutritional and liver disease in the tri-state area. The Division has recently grown substantially with the addition of many highly qualified and experienced board certified pediatric gastroenterologists.

Our doctors, in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Transplantation, successfully performed the borough’s first liver transplantation in an infant. Pediatric liver transplantation is now a reality in the Bronx with plans to perform life-saving transplants in other children.

Seven highly qualified and respected physicians offer an extraordinarily wide range of clinical expertise in the most complex and challenging gastrointestinal and liver conditions in children. A critical part of the diagnosis and treatment of childhood GI and liver disorders is our modern, advanced endoscopy center.

Areas of expertise include the following conditions: inflammatory bowel disease, liver disease and transplantation, therapeutic endoscopy and short bowel syndrome.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are chronic conditions characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that often appear in childhood.

Doctors and nurses at CHAM have extensive experience and advanced diagnostic and treatment modalities to care for children inflicted with these diseases.

Some of the symptoms that occur with these conditions include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Rectal bleeding
  • Poor growth
  • Abdominal and rectal abscess

Gitit Tomer, MD, and John Thompson, MD, have extensive experience in the diagnosis and management of children with IBD.

Liver Disease and Transplantation

CHAM has an outstanding team of pediatric liver specialists, transplant surgeons, nurses, dietitians, social workers and administrators providing a superior pediatric liver transplant program in the Bronx. The Division recently participated in two life–saving pediatric liver transplantations in conjunction with the Division of Pediatric Surgery and Transplantation. The CHAM pediatric liver specialists have extensive experience in all aspects of pediatric liver disease, including the latest technology for the diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis, biliary atresia, fatty liver disease, autoimmune hepatitis, acute liver failure and congenital conditions of the liver. Debora Kogan-Liberman, MD, Debra Pan, MD, and Dr. Thompson have expertise in pediatric liver disease and transplantation.

Therapeutic Endoscopy

Infants and children often develop serious and life-threatening conditions that can be treated by endoscopic rather than surgical techniques. CHAM's Division of Gastroenterology works closely with the pediatric surgeons and adult gastroenterologist to provide these services in our modern child-friendly endoscopic facility. Yolanda Rivas, MD, and Inna Novak, MD, are members of the division with expertise in therapeutic endoscopy.

We treat the following conditions through endoscopic procedures: intestinal bleeding, esophageal and bowel obstruction, stones in the biliary system, fluid collections in the pancreas, ingested foreign bodies such as coins and feeding problems requiring the introduction of stomach feeding tubes (PEGS). 

Short Bowel Syndrome

Infants who have inadequate bowel length and function require cutting-edge nutritional and gastrointestinal expertise in a top-ranked children’s hospital such as CHAM. Our physicians excel in diagnosing and treating short bowel syndrome, secondary to congenital abnormalities of the intestine and surgical interventions. This illness is managed through sophisticated nutritional and medical interventions to provide normal growth, avoiding nutritional deficiencies and complications such as end-stage liver disease. 

CHAM doctors, nurses and dietitians have extensive experience in the management of children with short bowel syndrome. Anthony Loizides, MD, and John Thompson, MD, are conducting clinical investigations to improve the lives of these children.

In addition to these areas of expertise, physicians of the Division of Gastroenterology diagnose and treat:

  • GE reflux
  • vomiting
  • constipation
  • food allergies
  • celiac disease (gluten sensitivity)
  • acute and chronic pancreatitis
  • chronic abdominal pain
  • lactose intolerance
  • gallstones
  • poor weight gain
  • feeding problems
  • nutritional deficiencies
  • eosinophilic esophagitis
  • peptic ulcer disease
  • chronic diarrhea

Also, our team has expertise in the care and management of the gastrointestinal and nutritional problems of children with special needs and/or congenital abnormalities. Anthony Loizides, MD, excels in GI management of children with Rett’s syndrome.

Contact information - Gastroenterology and Nutrition

The Children's Hospital at Montefiore
3415 Bainbridge Avenue
Bronx, NY 10467

Call 718-741-2450 to schedule an appointment
Directions to CHAM