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Shelly Rustagi, MD


Shelly Rustagi, MD, is a pediatric gastroenterologist at Dayton Children's Hospital. She is originally from Fort Wayne, Indiana, and comes to Dayton Children’s from a fellowship at the Children’s Hospital of Colorado. She served her residency at Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center and got her medical and bachelor’s degrees at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Rustagi is particularly interested in caring for children with celiac disease and eosinophilic esophagitis, in which the esophagus becomes inflamed due to allergens. She also has a special interest in resident education.

Dr. Rustagi loves to travel – she’s been to four continents already - and loves to swap travel tales!


schedule an appointment

If your child is an existing patient, log in to MyKidsChart to schedule directly with your provider for follow-up care.

If you are new to the Dayton Children’s gastroenterology clinic, use the online scheduling tool below to schedule an appointment. New patient appointments must be done in person. To schedule by phone call 937-641-4000

conditions you can schedule for:

  • General gastroenterology
  • Inflammatory bowel disease - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis 
  • Liver problems - hepatitis, biliary atresia, increased liver enzymes
  • Short gut/short bowel syndrome

 View our full list of conditions we treat.

education and training

  • medical school: University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine, Kansas City, Missouri
  • residency: Los Angeles County + University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • fellowship: Pediatric gastroenterology - Children’s Hospital Colorado/University of Colorado School of Medicine, Denver, Colorado
  • board certification: Pediatrics

awards and honors

  • Dayton Magazine - Dayton Best Docs 2022
  • Dayton Magazine - Dayton Best Docs 2023
ratings and reviews

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Our appointment was at 9:30am. We were taken back to a room at approximately 9:10am. It was early, I had all 3 children with me. They had not had time to eat breakfast. Were completely bored with nothing to entertain them while waiting for the doctor. At 10:12am the nurse came in to apologize the doctor was running late. Already at 9:30am this provider was behind! I informed the nurse we were leaving at 10:15am. We were not waiting any longer, with 3 hungry children. I schedule early appointments to avoid ling wait times and providers being behind already. The nurse informed the doctor of our feelings. She then brought in coloring books for the children. Finally, the doctor entered the room.

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After being hesitant to see anyone for her celiac diagnosis besides Dr. Mezoff, our daughter LOVED Dr. Rustagi. She could not see the reasoning in needing to reestablish care in the GI clinic however left with a good understanding of the follow up recommended for those with celiac. Celiac disease is more than just avoiding gluten, and thanks to Dr. Rustagi she has a better understanding of the effects on her body, the disease as a whole, and the future care required to help keep her healthy.

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Dr Rustagi was thorough with us, explained in detail

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Rustagi was awesome!! She listened and didn't talk down to me! She gave me alternatives that my original GI never gave me....and was genuine.

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