Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology

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We provide expert, compassionate inpatient and outpatient care for children - from infants to adolescents - with a variety of gastrointestinal, liver and metabolic disorders. We offer multidisciplinary care, harnessing the expertise of gastrointestinal nursing, nutrition, radiology, surgery and genetics experts, along with Yale Medicine’s programs in inflammatory bowel disease and liver transplantation.

We treat children with inflammatory bowel disease, esophageal disorders, diarrheal disease, acute and chronic liver disease, and metabolic liver diseases, including lysosomal diseases. 

Conditions we often manage include:


  • Abdominal Pain
  • Celiac disease
  • Constipation/Encopresis
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis/allergic bowel disease
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding problems/swallowing problems
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Malabsorption
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Vomiting

Liver diseases

Our pediatric hepatologists treat a range of liver diseases. Some can be managed with medication, while others require surgery. For example, acute liver failure (ALF) occurs when many of the cells in the liver die or become very damaged in a short period of time. ALF has many causes, such as metabolic conditions or toxicity from incorrect dosage of acetaminophen.  ALF can sometimes be treated with medication, if it is identified early, but about half of all children who develop ALF require a liver transplant. 

Biliary atresia is a disease of the liver and bile ducts that occurs in infants. In children with biliary atresia, bile – a liquid that helps the body digest fat – cannot properly drain from the liver. This damages liver cells and can lead to liver failure. Surgical procedures can correct bile flow problems, but the liver disease progresses and requires specialized care to improve growth, development, nutrition and long-term outcome.  

Other conditions we treat include:

  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Neonatal cholestasis 
  • Progressive Familial Intrahepatic Cholestasis (PFIC)
  • Urea cycle defects
  • Wilson's disease
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Glycogen Storage Disease 
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease