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 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.
Our pediatric gastroenterology and GI surgery services have been nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report.
Conditions we treat include your child's digestive, liver, nutritional and intestinal issues, including:
- Inflammatory and infectious disorders, like Crohn's disease
- Gastroesophageal reflux
- Food allergies, including celiac disease
- Liver disease
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.
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.
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.