Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Rana Ammoury, MD
Orhan Atay, MD
Candice Gabriel, MD
Michael Konikoff, MD
V. Marc Tsou, MD
Lauren Willis, MD
Nancy Yokois, MD

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At Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters six board-certified gastroenterology specialists provide health care to patients with gastrointestinal diseases and disorders.

Meet A Patient

Kyle Farley Kyle Farley has been coming to CHKD for over 13 years for treatment of Crohn's disease.

What conditions do you treat?

We care for children with a variety of conditions, including:

What services do you offer?

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

Does your staff have special training?

Our physicians are all certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and its sub-board of Pediatric Gastroenterology. Each physician is licensed by the Virginia Board of Medicine. Our physicans are trained in the full spectrum of gastrointestinal disease and all have experience caring for liver and small bowel transplantation patients. Dr. Stephen Shaffer has expertise in motility studies of the GI tract. We now offer esophageal, antro-duodenal and ano-rectal manometric studies. Dr. Vita Goei is  experienced in Cystic Fibrosis and participates in CHKD's multi-disciplinary Cystic Fibrosis program.

Where do you see patients?

We offer our patients the convenience of office appointments at several different locations. Appointment days and hours vary at each location. Click here for a list of our office locations.

Do I need a referral to make an appointment?

It depends on what kind of insurance you have. 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 you come to your appointment. If your referral has expired, call your 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 you have is 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.

How do I make an appointment?

To schedule an appointment, please call (757) 668-7240.