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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

When your child needs a specialist, the division’s care team of internationally recognized pediatric specialists has the expertise to recognize and treat the complete range of digestive, liver, and nutritional disorders in infants, children, and teens.     

Comprehensive Care for Kids
Digestive system and liver disorders in children can range from a simple upset stomach to chronic and complex conditions that require highly specialized care from a multidisciplinary team. Symptoms of many gastrointestinal disorders are different in children and similar to other problems, so an accurate diagnosis can be difficult to make.

As the only hospital in the Washington, DC, area, devoted exclusively to caring for kids, doctors routinely refer their patients to Children’s for our pediatric expertise in these disorders. Our experts in gastroenterology and hepatology can help children with conditions that affect the liver and gastrointestinal systems, including:
• Biliary (bile flow) disorders
• Gallbladder disorders
• Celiac disease Congenital birth defects
Crohn's disease
• Diarrheal diseases
Dysphagia (swallowing disorders)
• Eosinophilic esophagitis (swelling of esophagus)
Food allergies
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
• Growth disorders
Hirschsprung disease (intestinal blockage)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
• Pancreatitis
Pyloric stenosis

The division’s dedicated team of physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, physician assistants, nutritionists, social workers, and pharmacists provide physician consultations, testing and screening services, surgical procedures, and long-term nutritional support for patients at Children’s National and at our Regional Outpatient Centers.

When your child has an associated condition, we work closely with Children’s other specialty areas to ensure that patients receive the most appropriate care to manage their conditions.

Programs and Services
Because care for these conditions is complex, the division offers many specialized programs for patients and their families:
• Abdominal Pain Program
Celiac Disease Program
• Defecation Disorders Program
• Feeding Disorders Program
• Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) Program
Helicobacter pylori Disease Program
Intestinal Rehabilitation Program
• Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
• Hepatobiliary Program
Hepatology Program (for children with liver disorders)
• Home Enteral Feeding Program
• Home Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) Program
• Motility Program
Nutrition Program (for children with special dietary needs)
Small Bowel and Liver Transplantation Program 

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