Graduate School
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, 1980
UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, 1983
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1986

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

Diarrhea, malnutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, infant colic, functional bowel disease (such as irritable bowel syndrome), celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis.

Research Interests

Probiotics, gut microbiome, autism spectrum disorders and the GI tract, autoimmune GI disorders.


Publication Information

  • Navarro F, Liu Y, Rhoads JM. Can probiotics benefit children with autism spectrum disorders? World J Gastroenterol 2016; Nov 7; 22 (41): DOI: 10.3748/wjg.v22.i41.0000
  • Van Arsdall M, Haque I, Liu Y, and Rhoads JM. Is There a Role for the Enteral Administration of Serum-Derived Immunoglobulins in Human Gastrointestinal Disease and Pediatric Critical Care Nutrition? Adv Nutr 2016;7:535–43. PMID 27184280
  • Fatheree NY, Liu Y, Ferris M, Van Arsdall M, McMurtry V, Zozaya M, Cai C, Rahbar MH, Hessabi M, Vu T, Wong C, Min J, Tran DQ, Navarro F, Gleason W, Gonzalez S and Rhoads JM.  Hypoallergenic Formula with Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for Babies with Colic: A Pilot Study of Recruitment, Retention, and Fecal Biomarkers.  World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology. 2016 Feb 15;7(1):160-70.  PMID 26909239
  • Yuying Liu, Thomas K. Hoang, Ting Wang, Baokun He, Dat Q. Tran, Jain Zhou,Nina Tatevian, and Marc Rhoads. Circulating L-selectin expressing -T cell subsets correlate with the severity of Foxp3 deficiency autoimmune disease.  Int J Clin Exp Pathol 2016;9(2):899-909 /ISSN:1936-2625/IJCEP0019714
  • Schuck-Phan A, Phan T, Dawson PA, Dial EJ, Bell C, Liu Y, Rhoads JM, and Lichtenberger LM. Formula Feeding Predisposes Gut to NSAID-Induced Small Intestinal Injury. Clin Exp Pharmacol 6:222. doi: 10.4172/2161-1459.1000222, 2016.
  • He B, Hoang TK, Wang T, Ferris M, Taylor CM, Tian X, Luo M, Tran DQ, Zhou J, Tatevian N, Luo F, Molina JG, Blackburn MR, Gomez TH, Roos S, Rhoads JM, and Liu Y.  Resetting microbiota by Lactobacillus reuteri inhibits T reg deficiency-induced autoimmunity via adenosine A2A receptors. J. Exp. Med. 2017; 214 (1): 107-123, 2017. PMID: 27994068.
  • Thornhill, C., Navarro, F., Alabd Alrazzak, B., Hashmi, S., DebRoy, A., Rhoads, J., and Imseis, E. Insufflation with Carbon Dioxide during Pediatric Colonoscopy for Control of Post-Procedure Pain. J. Clin. Gastro 2018: 52(8): 715-720.  PMID: 29210902.
  • Fatheree NY, Liu Y, Taylor CM, Hoang TK, Cai C, Rahbar MH, Hessabi M, Ferris M, McMurtry V, Wong C, Vu T, Dancsak T, Wang T, Gleason W, Bandla V, Navarro F, Tran DQ, and Rhoads JM. Lactobacillus reuteri for infants with colic: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized clinical trial. J Pediatr 191:170-178, 2017. PMID: 28969890. [Editorial in J. Pediatr 2017; 191: 5-6.]
  • He B, Hoang HK, Tran DQ, Rhoads JM, and Liu Y. Adenosine A2A receptor deletion blocks the beneficial effects of Lactobacillus reuteri in regulatory T-deficient scurfy mice. Front. Immunol. 8: 1680, 2017. DOI: 10.3389/fimmu.2017.01680. PMID: 29270168. PMCID: PMC5723640.
  • Hoang TK, He B, Wang T, Tran DQ, Rhoads JM, Liu Y. Protective effect of Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 against experimental necrotizing enterocolitis is mediated by Toll-like receptor 2.  Am J Physiol Gastrointest Liver Physiol. 315(2):G231-G240, 2018. doi: 10.1152/ajpgi.00084.2017. PMID: 29648878. PMCID: PMC6139641.
  • Ray P, Navarro F, Liu Y, Bell CS, Denson LA, Fatheree NY, Hoang T, and Rhoads JM. GM-CSF antibodies and peripheral Treg cells as potential markers of disease activity to guide therapeutic decisions in pediatric IBD. J Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2 (1): 8, 2018. doi: 10.21767/2575-7733.100037.
  • Rhoads JM, Collins J, Fatheree NY, Hashmi S, Taylor CM, Luo M, Hoang TK, Gleason WA, Van Arsdall MR, Navarro F, and Liu Y. Infant colic represents gut inflammation and dysbiosis. J Pediatr. 203: 55-61, 2018. doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2018.07.042. PMID: 30177353.
  • Liu Y, Tran DQ, and Rhoads JM. Probiotics in disease prevention and treatment. The Journal of Clinical Pharmacology. 58 (S10): S164-S179, 2018. doi: 10.1002/jcph.1121. PMID: 30248200.
  • Liu Y, Alookaran JJ, and Rhoads JM. Probiotics in autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Nutrients. 10, 1537, 2018. doi: 10.3390/nu10101537. PMID: 30340338.Mai T, Fatheree NY, Gleason W, Liu Y, Rhoads JM. Infantile Colic: New insights into an old problem. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 47(4):829-844, 2018. PMID: 30337035.
  • Mai T, Fatheree NY, Gleason W, Liu Y, Rhoads JM. Infantile Colic: New insights into an old problem. Gastroenterology Clinics of North America. 47(4):829-844, 2018. PMID: 30337035
  • Moye LM, Liu Y, Coarfa C, Putluri N, Rhoads JM. Plasma Urea Cycle Metabolites May Be Useful Biomarkers in Children With Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Front Pediatr 2019 Jan 10;6:423. doi: 10.3389/fped.2018.00423.


American Board of Pediatrics, 1986
Certification in Pediatric Gastroenterology, 1990, recertified in 1997, 2004
North Carolina Licensure, 1986
Louisiana State Licensure, 2002
State of Texas Licensure, 2007-present