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.
- 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)
- seven board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists
- nurse practitioners
- occupational and physical therapists
- speech-language pathologists
- social workers
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.
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.
Patients with inflammation of the esophagus are treated by a pediatric gastroenterologist and pediatric allergist.
Pediatric GI surgery
Treatment for your child’s gastrointestinal condition may require surgery. Le Bonheur offers the very best in pediatric GI surgery and uses more minimally invasive techniques for a broader range of conditions than any institution in our region. Our surgeons are all board certified and fellowship trained in pediatric surgery. They operate only on kids and have more experience working with kids and families than any other surgeons in the region.
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.