Welcome to Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology, Nutrition
The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology (GI), Hepatology and Nutrition is dedicated to providing excellent clinical care in the context of a training and research institution. We integrate state-of-the-art medical management and innovative treatment regimens. We constantly seek to learn about the causes of the diseases we treat and to understand their course throughout childhood and adolescence.
The division is strongly committed to training the next generation of academic physician-investigators. As evidence of this commitment, a substantial proportion of our recent trainees transition from their training at UCSF to faculty appointments at academic institutions, including leadership positions in pediatric gastroenterology around the United States.
Faculty of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition work diligently to learn about the causes of pediatric gastrointestinal disease, to determine improved and optimal treatment regimens, and to understand the course of disease throughout childhood and adolescence. In collaboration with researchers in the Pediatric Clinical Research Center (PCRC), Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, the UCSF Transplant Program, and other UCSF basic science and clinical departments, major research efforts involve investigating the genetic basis of pediatric disease, collecting and analyzing clinical outcome data from patients, and developing innovative clinical interventions and ways of monitoring disease response, all to improve the lives of children.
Pediatric gastroenterologists at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital diagnose and manage digestive, nutritional, and liver disorders in infants, children, and teens to 21 years old. They treat a wide range of conditions including malabsorption syndromes such as celiac disease and cystic fibrosis; feeding problems and swallowing disorders; functional gastrointestinal disorders; gastroesophageal reflux; diarrheal disorders; motility disorders; acute and chronic inflammatory bowel disease. including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis; acute and chronic hepatitis; inherited metabolic and immunological defects; liver failure requiring artificial liver support or liver transplant; and short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure, often needing parenteral (intravenous) or enteral (tube) feedings, and sometimes requiring small intestinal transplant.