I feel extremely fortunate to call myself a pediatric gastroenterologist. The gastrointestinal (GI) tract plays so many important roles in our bodies. A healthy GI tract is vital in ensuring that children's bodies are well-nourished and able to grow to their potential. I especially love this field of medicine because I find the ongoing relationships with my patients and their families extremely rewarding.
I treat children of all ages, from infancy to early adulthood, with a wide variety of GI diseases, including inflammatory, allergic, nutritional, feeding, and functional disorders. I also perform procedures such as endoscopy and colonoscopy to help in diagnosing and treating these conditions.My specific area of interest and training is inflammatory bowel diseases, which are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. These chronic inflammatory conditions of the GI tract can lead to poor health and poor growth if left untreated. I work with the team at the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center to provide multidisciplinary care to our patients.
No matter what the child's disease, I love partnering with my patients and their families to create a plan that allows each child to reach his or her potential.
My research interest is inflammatory bowel disease, specifically different medications that are used to treat this spectrum of diseases, as well as the overlap of inflammatory bowel disease with other GI diseases. I also spend time in the hospital and in the office working with our fellows, residents, and medical students, who are all doctors in training, teaching them how to perform procedures and care for patients in an evidence-based and compassionate way.