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comprehensive, multidisciplinary care for kids with gastrointestinal disorders

Dayton Children’s provides expert multidisciplinary care for infants, children and adolescents with diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Our pediatric gastroenterologists are fellowship trained, and they provide leadership to the program’s clinical team, which includes certified pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric nurses and registered dietitians.

Our physicians’ extensive training and experience allows them to diagnose and treat all gastrointestinal conditions, from common concerns such as constipation to complex diseases, such as Crohn’s disease or celiac disease. They develop personalized care plans to address each child’s unique needs, collaborating as needed with other pediatric specialists at Dayton Children’s. These specialists include experts in surgery, advanced ENT, pulmonology, allergy/immunology, psychology, speech/language pathology, and many other areas of the hospital. Also, our team participates in research and quality improvement projects in order to better understand and advance the care of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.

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The gastroenterology department is available by phone at 937-641-3090 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After hours, call 937-641-3000 to reach the hospital’s operator and ask for the gastroenterologist on call.

A physician referral is necessary prior to the child’s first outpatient visit. All follow up appointments will be made during your clinic visit or by calling central scheduling at 937-641-4000. 

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Michael Bates, MD, Medical Director

gastroenterology
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Adam Mezoff, MD

gastroenterology
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Pramodha Muniyappa, MD

gastroenterology
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Sandra Wright, MD

gastroenterology
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Jessica Alexander, MPAS, PA-C

gastroenterology
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Shelly Rustagi, MD

gastroenterology
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Shehzad A. Saeed, MD, FAAP, AGAF

gastroenterology
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Sean Bingham, DO

gastroenterology
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Elizabeth Yarger, CNP

gastroenterology
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Kathryn Williams, DO

gastroenterology
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Kelly Sandberg, MD, MSc

gastroenterology
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conditions and symptoms we treat

abdominal pain

Many children develop abdominal pain. Usually this improves on its own. The presence of chronic abdominal pain may be due to an inflammatory process or due to an alteration in how the gastrointestinal tract senses various triggers.

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celiac disease

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, the major protein found in wheat. If your child is diagnosed with celiac disease, there are ways to prevent damage to the intestines and complications of this disorder.

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severe constipation

Constipation is a very common problem in children and can often be treated at home or by their primary care provider. However, occasionally children experience severe constipation and need to see a specialist as it could be a sign of another gastrointestinal issue.

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chronic diarrhea

Children often develop diarrhea as part of an acute illness. However, if it becomes chronic, it may indicate the presence of inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract that could be due to a number of different causes.

eosinophilic esophagitis

Eosinophilic esophagitis is an inflammatory condition of the esophagus that is due to allergy, usually to one or more foods, resulting in reflux, vomiting, abdominal pain, difficulty swallowing, and other symptoms.

hepatitis

The word hepatitis simply means an inflammation of the liver without pinpointing a specific cause. Our physicians will work with you to determine the type of hepatitis that your child has and what treatment they may need.

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inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)

Inflammatory bowel disease (which is not the same thing as irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS) refers to two chronic diseases that cause inflammation of the intestines: Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn’s disease most commonly affects the last part of the small intestine and parts of the large intestine. In ulcerative colitis, the inner lining of the intestine becomes inflamed (red and swollen) and develops ulcers.

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failure to thrive

Most kids steadily gain weight and grow quickly within the first few years of life. But in some cases, kids don't meet these expected standards of growth. When this happens, it's called "failure to thrive."

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gastroesophageal reflux (GER)

The burping, heartburn, and spitting up associated with GER are the result of acidic stomach contents moving backward into the esophagus. Some infants and children with other conditions may be more susceptible to GER.

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peptic ulcer disease

Peptic ulcers are ulcers that form in the stomach or the upper part of the small intestine. In the past, having peptic ulcers meant living with a chronic condition for several years or even a lifetime. But today, our understanding that peptic ulcers are caused by an infection with means that most people can be cured with appropriate treatment.

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diagnosing gastroenterology disorders

Our physicians are highly knowledgeable about diagnosing pediatric gastrointestinal disorders, and skilled in interpreting test results. Learn more about the types of tests we might perform to diagnose different conditions.

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preparing for your visit

Learn more about what you need to know before visiting our gastroenterology department for your appointment.

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inpatient care

Sometimes, children need to be admitted to the hospital for serious gastrointestinal problems. Learn more about our coordinated and compassionate approach to inpatient care.

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family support resource directory

Find resources, support groups, and camps near you for kids with gastrointestinal disorders.

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additional resources

Get access to clinic specific forms and pediatric specific educational articles and resources.

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