We have clinics that are happily busy and well-staffed with nurses, dieticians, doctors, residents, students, and medical assistants. Our division has strengths in many areas, including the management of problems unique to infants (colic, vomiting, and growth problems), as well as complex pediatric problems including short bowel syndrome, and liver transplantation. In older children, we see many with abdominal pain, dyspepsia, acute and chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease, vomiting and gastroesophageal reflux. Intestinal rehabilitation and liver transplantation are two strengths of our program, and we are the service that follows children on nutritional support and after transplantation.
In conjunction with the Texas Liver Center, we are part of a team of nationally–renowned medical experts, who are committed to providing children and adolescents with leading-edge medical care In a compassionate environment.
Our gastroenterologists perform many procedures, usually with anesthesiology support, including endoscopy, esophageal pH-impedance probe testing, colonoscopy, breath hydrogen analysis, percutaneous gastrostomy placement, polyp removal, foreign body removal, therapeutic endoscopy (to stop bleeding, variceal ligation), esophageal and anorectal manometry,and liver biopsy. Current areas of active basic and translational research include necrotizing enterocolitis, infantile colic, gastrointestinal and liver involvement in mitochondrial disorders, and functional dyspepsia. Some of our most important collaborators include pediatric surgeons, neurologists, and neonatologists, and our research utilizes core facilities at U.T. and Baylor, through the NIH-Funded Digestive Diseases Center.
Dr. Marc Rhoads heads the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology. The Division has an active fellowship program with 5 fellows involved in clinical and basic research. Dr. Essam Imseis is board certified in Pediatric Transplant Hepatology and leads the liver clinic and intestinal failure clinic; he also co-directs the fellowship program. Five members of the division were elected by Houstonia Magazine as Top Doctors in 2013, and the program has been elected as one of the top 50 pediatric gastroenterology programs in the country for the past 2 years. The division recently joined a national quality improvement consortium for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease called Improve Care Now, with Dr. Fernando Navarro heading this effort. Dr. Ashish DebRoy leads innovations in endoscopy and also participates in the liver clinic. Dr. Wallace (“Skip”) Gleason provides a historic perspective to our profession, having been active in the field for more than 40 years; he also is Director of the medical school JAMP program, which assists exceptional candidates who need financial assistance. Dr. Rhoads has recently become associate editor for the World Journal of Gastroenterology. Dr. Melissa Van Arsdall recently joined the division and is conducting research on the intestinal microbiota of children with functional gastrointestinal disorders.