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Rady Children's Specialists

Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

San Diego Intestinal Rehabilitation Focus (SIRF) Program

The San Diego Intestinal Rehabilitation Focus (SIRF) Program exclusively treats children suffering from short bowel syndrome or other forms of intestinal failure, with the goal of improving nutrition status and weaning them of total parenteral nutrition (TPN).

As these patients experience a wide range of problems and have special needs, they are treated by the SIRF multidisciplinary team, which includes GI physicians, motility specialists, dietitians, surgeons, TPN specialists, a pharmacist, and social worker. Medical treatment, including dietary therapy and a special lipid formulation, is used to manage complications and nutrition intake. Surgery is performed to lengthen or narrow the bowel, with the goal of improving the child’s ability to absorb nutrients. Approximately half of the patients with short bowel syndrome require surgery.

Gastroenterologist Jae Kim, M.D., Ph.D., sees patients with congenital short bowel syndrome right after they are born and works with motility specialists and surgeons to develop a treatment plan.


Jae Kim, M.D., Ph.D. 
Abigail Garcia, M.D.
Hayat Mousa M.D.
Dana Patton-Ku, M.D.

Stephen Bickler, M.D.
Karen Kling, M.D.

Nurse Practitioner
Laurett Mouat, P.N.P.

Joelle Moussa, R.N.

Rosio Hernandez R.D.

Pharmacy Supervisor
Michael Clark

Meredyth Bond