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We provide coordinated, patient-focused pediatric gastroenterology care for intestinal issues in children.

Conditions we treat include your child's digestive, liver, nutritional and intestinal issues, including inflammatory bowel disease, celiac disease, reflux, abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, feeding problems, food allergies and liver disease.

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Often, children suffering from digestive problems have other issues, too. This can make it difficult and time-consuming to diagnose and treat their conditions.

At UVA, we can have experts on surgery, hormones, the immune system, lungs, genes, metabolism, development and nutrition all working together to identify and treat complicated issues affecting your child's health. 

Specialized Services: Nutrition for Kids and More

We give you the personalized attention to help you care for your child's digestive needs, including:

  • An e-mail address, so that you can contact us at any time
  • Nutritionists who work with you on diet plans 

Toilet Training: An Enhanced Program 

School-aged children travel from all over the world for this unique program to treat constipation. Over a single weekend, our team provides enhanced toilet training to retrain your child's muscles, address behavioral and psychological issues and provide an individual plan for your family's needs.

The web-based features at UcanPoopToo.com offer additional ongoing support.  

Encouragement Feeding Program

Many children with heart disease, lung disease, musculoskeletal disorders and other chronic illnesses that require a feeding tube may have missed out on learning how to eat.

Working with our rehabilitation specialists, we help children transition away from feeding tubes to eating on their own. 

Pediatric Liver Transplant

We are the only center in Virginia regularly performing liver transplants in children. We have a large team that includes:

  • Pediatric gastroenterologists/hepatologists
  • Pediatric transplant surgeons
  • Critical care specialists and anesthesiologists
  • Nutritionists, advanced nurse practitioners and social workers

All of these healthcare team members care for children who have chronic liver problems before, during and after a liver transplant.