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Dr. Mousa's research interests include using gastric neuromodulation, esophageal remodeling, using novel therapies to treat functional motility disorders, and the gut-brain axis.
Dr. Mousa is a national leader and world-renowned expert in pediatric gastrointestinal (GI) motility disorders. Her training at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh provided broad exposure to all GI disorders including liver disease, small bowel transplantation and GI motility disorders. Subsequently, she joined the GI group at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, where she developed its motility center, served as the medical director for motility for 15 years, and served as the fellowship director of a GME-approved training program in pediatric motility disorders for 10 years.
Dr. Mousa has special clinical expertise in managing patients in multidisciplinary settings and had an active role in developing both an aerodigestive and a colorectal center in former institutions. Her research is focused on chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, pre- and post-transplantation, gastric accommodation and compliance after fundoplication in comparison to its baseline before the surgery, gastroesophageal reflux and its association with apnea and respiratory symptoms, and gastric pacing with its effect on gastric function and quality of life.
Dr. Mousa is an active member of various professional societies, including the American Neurogastrointestinal Motility Society, Society for Pediatric Research, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, American Gastroenterology Association (NASPGHAN), and the Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders.
Among her honors and awards are the NASPGHAN Motility Prize, Nationwide Children Hospital Career Contribution Award and the NCH IMPACT Business Process Improvement Program Award.
Education and Training
Physician Leadership Academy UCSD/Rady Children’s Hospital, 2019
Faculty Leadership Institute, Ohio State University, 2015
Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, 1998
Pediatric Residency, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, 1993
MD, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria (Medicine), 1982
BS, Damascus University, Damascus, Syria (Medical Science), 1979
Titles and Academic Titles
Director, Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Center for GI Motility
Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Endowed Chair
Professor of Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, 2008 -
American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society, 2013-2015
American Gastroenterology Association, 2010 -
Association of Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders
Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps, 2012-2015
Mid-West Society for Pediatric Research
Society for Pediatric Research
International Electrogastrography Society
Christian Medical & Dental Association
International Network on Esophageal Atresia
The Leading Physicians of the World, Doctor of Excellence, 2018
Physician Excellence in CARES Values”, Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego, 2018
Excellence Award, Rady Children’s Specialists of San Diego, 2017-2018
FDA Expert in Gastric Electric Stimulation Panel Recognized as Pediatric Gastroenterologist in the Network of Experts, 2017
CARES Award Rady Children’s Hospital, 2017
“Top Pediatrician in San Diego”, CA October 2017
Faculty Development Award, Rady Children’s Hospital, UCSD, 2016
Faculty Advancement, Mentoring and Engagement Scholarship, Faculty Leadership Institute, Ohio State University, 2014-2015
North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Motility Prize, NASPGHAN 23rd Annual Meeting, 2011
Nationwide Children Hospital Career Contribution Award, 2010