Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology

Published On 07/11/2011

We provide comprehensive care for infants, children and adolescents with digestive (stomach and intestines), pancreatic, liver and nutritional problems.

Why Le Bonheur Children’s?

  • We have the only pediatric liver transplant program in the state.
  • Our doctors use less invasive forms of testing when possible, like the pill cam – a swallowable camera that captures images of the GI tract.
  • We are recognized as a “Center of Experience” by the Oley Foundation, a national non-profit that supports patients who are dependent on home intravenous and tube feeding.

We treat:

  • Chronic constipation, infrequent bowel movements
  • Chronic diarrhea, consistently loose stools
  • Feeding and swallowing disorders, problems using the mouth, lips and tongue to control food and liquid
  • Food allergies, including celiac disease, a reaction to a food protein
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), chronic damage caused by stomach acid coming up into the esophagus
  • Liver disease, damage or illness of the liver
  • Nutritional problems, an insufficient intake of food or certain nutrients
  • Pancreatic insufficiency, a lack of enzymes necessary to digest and absorb fats
  • Short bowel syndrome, a significant portion of the small intestine is either not present or does not function normally
  • Inflammatory bowel disease, a chronic inflammation of the intestines that does not have an identifiable cause (includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease)

Our team

Specialized clinics

Feeding and Swallowing
Pediatric gastroenterologists offer a complete assessment and plan for children with feeding and swallowing disorders.

Children’s Intestinal Rehab Clinic at Le Bonheur (CIRCLe)
Specialists treat children with intestinal disease in our CIRCLe Clinic. The care team, which includes pharmacists and dieticians, focuses on patients’ growth and development, building a dietary plan that ensures proper nutrition. The goal of the clinic is to help patients eat on their own.

Liver
Patients with liver disease are treated and prepared for liver transplantation. Patients receive follow-up care in the clinic once they’ve received a transplant.

Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Patients with inflammation of the esophagus are treated by a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric allergist.

Satellite Clinics
Our pediatric gastroenterologists hold regular clinics in Jackson, Tenn., and Tupelo, Miss.

Research

Our specialists are also researchers and teachers in partnership with The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Le Bonheur is home to The Morgan Foundation, which supports the research of primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC), a rare liver disease.