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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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My experience with all staff at Dayton Children's hospital has been amazing. We drive from Cincinnati for all specialist appointments now because the level of care is so much more patient centered. Everyone takes their time and answers all questions and makes you feel heard. More importantly I always get the feeling that the doctors, nurses and support staff really enjoy working there. I have nothing but positive things to say about Dr Rustagi and everyone else. I have and will continue to recommend Dayton Children's hospital to people who I know.

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Great place

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Everyone we dealt with was kind, understanding, and professional. Thank you.

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Everyone we dealt with at Dayton Children's GI department was phenomenal. They took our concern seriously. They listened, the asked questions, they explained things, they ran tests we were hoping they would run and always communicated what was going on. The nursing staff on the 8th floor was fantastic. Regina, our very first day was very helpful. I really appreciated all of her time and kind of explaining and kind of setting our nerves at ease. Both doctors and the residents and the students that were there also listened, answered questions, asked questions, everything felt like a conversation

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