GastroenterologyThe Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Children’s Medical Center Dallas leads the field in innovative care of digestive and nutritional conditions in infants, children and adolescents. Ranked by U.S. News and World Report magazine as one of the top programs of its type in the nation, Children’s routinely delivers world-class care to over 1,000 patients per month, including children from surrounding communities who travel to visit us.
What We Treat
The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition treats infants, children and adolescents with acute and chronic conditions affecting the digestive system. Some of the conditions we specialize in include:
Abdominal pain Feeding disorders Acute liver failure Gastrointestinal bleeding Constipation Liver diseases Chronic vomiting Motility disorders Failure to thrive Pancreatic Diseases
Programs and Treatments
As one of the nation’s largest pediatric gastroenterology programs, we have the experience and capacity to offer children a wide range of specialized programs and treatments. Children’s is proud to offer the following programs and treatments to your child.
Therapeutic Endoscopy Program
Directed by Dr. Brad Barth, the therapeutic endoscopy program is one of fewer than 10 such programs in the United States performing specialized, cutting-edge endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP). ERCP is an essential tool in the diagnosis of complex pancreatic malformations and biliary disease.
Southwestern Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
The Southwestern Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), directed by Dr. Ashish Patel, not only provides treatment for IBD, but also continually invests in ongoing research of new treatments.
Intestinal Failure & Rehabilitation Program
Under the direction of Dr. Nandini Channabasappa, our Intestinal Rehabilitation program is one of the largest in the country and the only program of its type in the Southwest. Dedicated to treating children with short bowel syndrome, the program works hand in hand with the Intestinal Failure program to help the amazing recuperative properties of the small intestine work for your child.
What To Expect
Our nationally recognized gastroenterology team supports your child through every step of treatment, from initial evaluation through ongoing assistance with recovery after surgery or hospitalization, if appropriate.
Before, During and After Your Appointment
Patients are seen by appointment only from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Most insurance plans require pre-authorization or a physician referral before you can schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, so please have your primary care provider contact the unit for referral.
If hospitalization is necessary, our outpatient team will visit your child prior to transfer to the Gastroenterology unit. An inpatient gastroenterologist will be in charge of day-to-day care while your child is in the hospital. Our outpatient team is always in contact with the inpatient team and will be made aware of any changes to your child’s condition.
After the appointment or during any necessary hospitalization, diagnosis, evaluation and recommended treatment information is promptly provided to the referring physician.
Changing the Way We Treat Inflammatory Bowel Syndrome
By teaming with Improve Care Now, the Gastroenterology Division at Children’s Medical Center removes the variability of care in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Our gastroenterologists share treatment trends and data with those of similar units around the country. This data sharing has led to the stabilization in the various IBD treatment modes. The team at Children’s has successfully employed this information to increase patients’ remission rates.
Callout for Clinical Trials: We are currently recruiting patients of at-risk populations, such as African Americans, with Crohn’s disease and evaluating unique aspects of their disease like genetics and serological information. View Our Clinical Trials.
Meet Your Team
The Gastroenterology unit was named one of the best programs of its kind in the United States by U.S. World News & World Report. This accolade was earned because of the dedication of our gastroenterology teamand our collaborative approach to care. Specialists you and your child have access to during treatment might include:
Expect our team to offer generous support at all stages of treatment from the initial evaluation to after surgery care.