Gastroenterology

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

(757) 668-7240

At CHKD, six board-certified gastroenterology specialists provide healthcare to patients with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.

Our physicians are trained in the full spectrum of gastrointestinal disease, and all have experience caring for liver and small bowel transplantation patients.

Conditions We Treat:

Services 

We tailor each child's treatment plan according to his or her unique needs. Among the services we may recommend for your child are:

  • Breath hydrogen analysis
  • Continuous esophageal pH monitoring (both catheter and wireless) and impendance monitoring
  • Endoscopic evaluation of the upper and lower intestinal tracts
  • Liver biopsy
  • Polyp and foreign body removal
  • Sclerotherapy/banding/cautery
  • Motility testing

Support Services

Nutrition Services 

Nutrition counseling is important to the successful management and treatment of many GI conditions including celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, eosinophilic esophagitis, feeding intolerance, short bowel syndrome, failure to thrive and enteral or parenteral nutrition dependence. CHKD’s registered dietician will work with you and your child to develop a complete and balanced nutrition plan specific to your child's needs and preferences.

Behavioral Health/Social Work

Living with a chronic illness or medical issue can be challenging. CHKD’s licensed clinical social workers can assist with issues surrounding adjustment to illness, compliance with medications, or referral to support resources in the community. These services may be provided during your clinic visit if requested by a physician or your child may be referred to a member of our LCSW team for outpatient therapy services.

Insurance and Referral Information

 If you have an HMO, you must: 

  • Get a referral from your child's primary care physician before you call to make an appointment.
  • Make sure your referral has not expired. Many are good for only 30 days, so check yours before scheduling an appointment. If your referral has expired, call you primary care physician and explain your situation. In most cases, your primary care physician will provide a new or extended referral.
  • Bring the referral with you to the appointment. If you do not have a referral, or if the referral has expired, your HMO will not pay for your appointment.

If you have fee-for-service insurance or a PPO, you do not need a physician's referral to make an appointment. 

    We offer in-depth information about insurance in our billing and insurance section.

    Gastroenterology and Hepatology Locations

    (757) 668-7240

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