Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition



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The mission of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition centers on advancing the knowledge of how the GI, pancreatic, and liver systems develop and function and the disease that can arise from those systems, as well as gaining a deeper understanding of nutrition’s role in child health.

Innovative research programs and studies in the Division align and support the goal of improving the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of digestive, liver, and nutritional diseases in children and young adults to give them the best opportunity possible for optimal health over the course of their lives.

Leveraging its numerous collaborations and drawing on its excellence in clinical, translational, and basic research, the Division accelerates breakthroughs in the understanding of rare and complex pediatric GI, liver, and nutritional disorders along the fetal-to-adult continuum. Through cutting-edge research in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, and the microbiome, investigators in the Division work to identify novel biomarkers and develop insights into disease mechanisms that will lead to personalized medicine for patients.

Fortifying the Division’s groundbreaking research program is its collaborative work with several Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia-based centers, including the Fred and Suzanne Biesecker Pediatric Liver Center, the Center of Inflammatory Bowel Disease, the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility, and the Center for Pediatrics Eosinophilic Disorders.