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Gastroenterology

Nationally ranked among the top 10 gastroenterology programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report, our team of pediatric gastroenterologists and hepatologists care for children with problems of the gastrointestinal tract. We take care of children with a variety of gastroenterological conditions involving organs in the digestive system, including the esophagus, stomach, large bowel, small bowel, liver, gallbladder and pancreas.

Patient visits to the Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology department number about 9,000 per year. We are also one of the largest U.S. centers for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.

We see children on Cleveland Clinic's main campus in the Crile Building on the 11th floor (A111) as well as at a number of our family health centers and community hospitals.

Additional valuable resources for families:

Digestive disorders in children range from minor to life threatening, and short- to long-term or chronic. Following are just some of the pediatric gastrointestinal conditions we treat and services we provide:

Our gastroenterology program is consistently ranked by U.S. News & World Report's as one of the “Best Children’s Hospitals.” 

Multidisciplinary approach to pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology

  • Our gastroenterological patients have access to multiple specialties including pediatric surgery, pediatric radiology and pediatric anesthesia, as well as the full resources of the Cleveland Clinic.
  • Taking the time to explain treatment options and plans to children and their families is a high priority for our pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology team.
  • Pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology team members also encourage patients and families to actively participate in decision-making over the course of care.
  • Our Pediatric Endoscopy suite and Infusion Center features a new generation of high-definition endoscopes and monitors that permit direct visualization of the various digestive pathways. This superior visualization results in better detection of abnormalities.
  • Our team actively collaborates with other pediatric subspecialty providers in the treatment of pediatric obesity and its associated metabolic complications.
  • We offer specialized evaluations for children with conditions such as cyclic vomiting syndrome, myelomeningocele (spinal problem), feeding problems and children with GI problems associated with airway and lung disease. 

Specialized Gastroenterological Testing

  • We offer some of the most sophisticated and specialized tests needed to diagnose gastrointestinal problems.
  • In addition to diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy we routinely perform wireless capsule endoscopy and advanced motility procedures with high resolution equipmnt including esophageal motility, antro-duodenal motility, rectal motility and colonic motility.

Innovative Gastroenterological Treatments

  • Our staff’s involvement in research has included research on new medications that dramatically improve the health of children with moderate to severe pediatric inflammatory bowel disease.
  • Our unique Center for Functional and GI Motility Disorders is able to perform sophisticated motility testing not available at most children's hospitals.
  • Our pediatric psychology and pain therapy team help children with chronic disease learn to cope with pain and other symptoms through biofeedback and other techniques.
  • Pediatric liver transplantation, including living related transplantation and reduced size grafts, provide options for children with very serious liver disease and has excellent survival rates.
  • Small bowel transplantation can help restore intestinal function to those patients whose intestines do not absorb nutrients properly due to disease, injury or prior surgery. This is a new surgical technique and the members of the department can evaluate pediatric patients to see if they may be candidates for this procedure. In addition department members help to manage the complicated nutritional requirements of children with “short gut syndrome”, who one day may need a surgical procedure such as a bowel lengthening procedure or a small bowel transplant.

Large, specialized staff

Our 11 board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists subspecialize in areas ranging from fatty liver disease and GI motility disorders to advanced endoscopy and IBD.

Major textbook editors

Former chairman and current Cleveland Clinic Chief Medical Operating Officer Robert Wyllie, MD, is Chief Editor, and current Chair, pediatric endoscopist Marsha Kay, MD, is associate Editor of the textbook Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease, now in its 4th Edition (Elsevier).

Liver and Bowel Transplant Expertise

Living-related-donor liver transplants and small bowel transplants are featured in our robust pediatric transplant program.

The Pediatric Preventative Cardiology and Metabolic Clinic multi-disciplinary team staff takes a comprehensive approach to preventing the onset and progression of cardiovascular disease and metabolic conditions in high-risk pediatric patients.

Capsule endoscopy is an exciting technology that allows our Pediatric Gastroenterologists to look at the entire small bowel tract in a single day. With earlier diagnosis and intervention this test holds promise for lowering morbidity and mortality among adults and children with small bowel problems.

Endoscopy Suite and Infusion Center

New options for identifying and treating pediatric digestive disorders

Cleveland Clinic Children's is providing another level of service to care for the growing population of children with digestive disorders in the new, six bed Pediatric Endoscopy Suite and Infusion Center at Cleveland Clinic's main campus Crile building.

The sophisticated suite, which accommodates more than 750 to 1,000 procedures annually, features a new generation of high-definition endoscopes and monitors that permit direct visualization of the various digestive pathways. This superior visualization results in better detection of abnormalities.

Cleveland Clinic Children's currently serves one of the largest populations of pediatric patients in the United States who suffer from digestive disorders. Our renowned pediatric gastroenterologists are physician specialists who care for children with problems ranging from Colic to Crohn's Disease.


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Naim Alkhouri, MD
 

Naim Alkhouri, MD

Alkhouri, Naim, MD
216.444.9000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Childrens Hospital for Rehabilitation

Department: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialties: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Autoimmune Chronic Hepatitis, Cirrhosis, End Stage Liver Disease, Fatty Liver Disease, Hemochromatosis, Hepatitis B more

Treats: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Damascus University-Faculty of Medicine

 
Lisa Feinberg, MD
 

Lisa Feinberg, MD

Feinberg, Lisa, MD
216.444.9000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest Hospital

Department: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialties: Abdominal Pain, Achalasia, Bowel Incontinence, Colic, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Diarrhea more

Treats: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: Medical College of Ohio at Toledo

 
Rishi Gupta, MD
 

Rishi Gupta, MD

Gupta, Rishi, MD
216.444.9000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center

Department: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialties: Center for Pediatric Gastroenterology

Treats: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University College of Medical Sciences

 
Vera Hupertz, MD
 

Vera Hupertz, MD

Hupertz, Vera, MD
216.444.9000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest Hospital

Department: Pediatric Institute

Specialties: Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, Biliary Atresia, Celiac Disease (Celiac Sprue), Cirrhosis, Crohn's Disease, Diseases of the Liver Biliary Tract and Pancreas, Gallbladder Disease more

Treats: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

 
Barbara Kaplan, MD
 

Barbara Kaplan, MD

Kaplan, Barbara, MD
216.444.9000

Location(s): Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Hillcrest Hospital

Department: Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialties: Colic, Gastroesophageal Reflux (GERD), Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Peptic Ulcer Disease, Diagnostic Endoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy, Pouch Center more

Treats: Children & Adolescents Only

Surgeon: No

Education: University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

 
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