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Pediatric Digestive Health

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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 Health Children's, our pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery services bring together an entire team. Your child's care team focuses on their health and wellness. Bringing many specialties together creates treatment plans that work for you and your child. 

We have experts on: 

  • Surgery
  • Hormones
  • The immune system
  • Genetics
  • Metabolism
  • Development 
  • Nutrition 

Together, these experts can identify and treat complicated issues affecting your child's health. 

Pediatric Gastroenterology

We treat your child's digestive, liver, nutritional, and intestinal issues, including:

Nutrition is Key

Our registered dietitians create personalized diet plans for your child to maintain a healthy lifestyle and accommodate their digestive disorder.

Our rehabilitation specialists and nutritionists also have expertise in helping children with chronic illnesses that require a feeding tube, including heart disease, lung disease, and musculoskeletal disorders. We can help transition your child to eating on their own.

Visit our pediatric gastroenterology clinic.

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Nationally Ranked Digestive & GI Surgery Care

Our children's gastroenterology and GI surgery care has been ranked among the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Our children's digestive care experts can offer your child highly specialized treatments at Virginia's #1 children's hospital. We're thankful we can offer this world-class care — because your kids mean the world to us.

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Pediatric Liver Transplant

We're the only center in Virginia that regularly performs 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 our team members care for children who have chronic liver problems before, during and after a liver transplant. Learn more about our pediatric liver transplant program

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Encouragement Feeding Program

For children with oral deformities or those on extended feeding tube nourishment, learning to eat normally can be unpleasant. The Encouragement Feeding Program is a two-week intensive therapy program that weans children from feeding tubes to normal, age-appropriate eating habits.

Learn more about the Program