John Snyder, MD Division Chief, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition



John Snyder, MD, is the chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Children’s National Health System. He is considered an expert in a variety of GI disorders and has worked extensively in the fields of infant nutrition and international child health. His current research interests include H. pylori and celiac disease.

Dr. Snyder has done extensive work with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO), focusing on the use of culturally acceptable, simple, and inexpensive foods and fluids to treat diarrhea and malnutrition in community settings. Dr. Snyder has published extensively on topics related to pediatric gastroenterology.

Dr. Snyder also serves on the WHO's International Health Regulations Roster of Experts as an expert in Pediatrics and Maternal Health.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 1975
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • BS, 1970
    University of California Santa Barbara
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Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Easy Rescues and Organ Transplantation

(2009) HEC Forum

Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology Nutrition

(2002) Antimicrobial Prophylaxis for Gastrointestinal Procedures: Current Practices in North American Academic Pediatric Programs

Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology

(2009) Cystatin C levels in U.S. adults, 1988-1994 versus 1999-2002: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey

Cholelithiasis and Perforated Gallbaldder in an Infant

(2002) Journal of Pediatric Surgery

Directing diarrhoeal disease research towards diseaseburden reduction

(2009) Journal of Health, Population, and Nutrition

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