The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is dedicated to improving the lives of children and adolescents – and the health of our community – through outstanding clinical care, world-renowned medical education, and cutting-edge research.

best-childrens-hospitals-gastroenterologyFor the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks our Gastroenterology program among the nation’s best in its “Best Children’s Hospitals” edition.


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Our interdisciplinary team provides comprehensive care for children and adolescents with general gastroenterology disorders; liver disorders, including hepatitis, fatty liver, and biliary atresia; inflammatory bowel disease; motility and functional disorders; obesity; peptic disorders; eosinophilic esophagitis; polyposis and colon polyps; and feeding difficulties.

We also have a motility center to care for children and adolescents with motility and functional disorders. The center is the first of its kind on the West Coast – and one of the few pediatric motility programs in the country.

To advance our understanding of digestive and liver disorders and to find new non-noninvasive methods for diagnosing and treating them, we conduct extensive clinical, translational, and basic science research.

Additionally, we are committed to the education and training of future leaders in pediatric gastroenterology and provide accredited training to pediatric and adult gastroenterology fellows, residents, and medical students from the University of California, San Diego as well as other programs. The Division also has a National Institutes of Health-funded T32 training program in association with the Adult GI Division at UC San Diego.

Division Achievements:

  • Is at the forefront of scientific research on obesity and its metabolic complications, chronic liver diseases — including steatohepatitis — and intestinal biology and immunology.
  • Has received more than $8 million in external research funding, with several projects funded by the National Institutes of Health.
  • Participates in numerous multicenter clinical trials.

In the News

Researchers Develop New MRI-based Technique to Better Detect NAFLD in Children, News Medical, features Jeffrey B. Schwimmer, M.D.

Support Our Program

One hundred percent of your tax-deductible gift benefits Rady Children’s. To make a donation, click here and select “Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition” from the drop-down menu.