Gastroenterology / Liver Disease (Hepatology)

Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital's Gastroenterology and Hepatology Program is dedicated to providing comprehensive diagnostic and therapeutic services for children from infancy to adolescence with complex gastrointestinal disorders of the esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas.

Gastroenterology / Liver Disease (Hepatology)

Among the top hospitals in the country
for pediatric gastroenterology & GI surgery

U.S. News Best Children's Hospital bugYale-New Haven Children's Hospital has been ranked among the best in the nation in six pediatric subspecialties, including gastroenterology and GI surgery (#26). The results appeared in the 2015-16 edition of "Best Children's Hospitals," published online by U.S.News & World Report.  

Gastroenterology and Hepatology Doctors

Our gastroenterology and hepatology doctors are nationally recognized experts in all aspects of nutritional, liver, pancreatic and gastrointestinal disorders, and skilled in the most up-to-date and innovative diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for children.


The Pediatric Gastroenterology program offers diagnostic and treatment services for children and adolescents with a wide-range of common and rare gastrointestinal disorders.

The Pediatric Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD) program provides care for patients suffering from inflammatory bowel diseases, such as Chron's disease, ulcerative colitis and other intestinal disorders. We combine a multidisciplinary approach with the latest diagnostic methods, research-based treatments and surgical approaches to develop effective, customized approaches for each patient.

Understanding that teenagers and young adults with IBD have a unique set of needs, our transition program helps prepare them to become independent in caring for themselves. Our partnership with our adult IBD program helps us make the eventual transition from pediatric to adult gastroenterologist a positive experience for all.

The Pediatric Gastroenterology program cares for children with a wide array of GI disorders, including:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Celiac disease
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding problems/swallowing problems
  • Gastrointestinal esophageal disorders
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Helicobacter pylori infection
  • Hirschsprung’s disease
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lactose intolerance
  • Malabsorption
  • Nutritional support of acute and chronic disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcer disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vomiting


The Pediatric Hepatology program is dedicated to providing the best care and outcomes for children with liver disease. Guided by a family-centered care philosophy in which we partner with the whole family to treat the child, not just the disease, we strive to provide the highest level of care to our patients and their families.

Our highly skilled team of pediatric surgeons and hepatologists are nationally recognized for their expertise in treating a wide variety of disorders that impact normal liver function. Some conditions can be managed with medication, while others require surgery. Our collaboration with Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital multispecialists ensures we're equipped to manage any liver disease that may affect your child and your family.

The Pediatric Hepatology program offers medical care to patients before and after liver transplant. Our team has cared for pediatric liver transplant recipients with a combined experience of over two decades and is committed to providing the best possible outcomes for our patients.

Conditions we treat:

Acute Liver Failure
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
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
  • Acute and chronic liver disease (hepatology)
  • Alagille syndrome
  • Alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Glycogen storage disease
  • Hepatoblastoma
  • Liver transplantation
  • Lysosomal diseases
  • Metabolic liver diseases
  • Neonatal cholestasis
  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis
  • Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC)
  • Urea cycle defects
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Wilson's disease

Pediatric Endoscopy Center - Diagnostics and Therapeutics

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology Program offers a full array of diagnostic tests and services, which are performed in a state-of-the-art Pediatric Endoscopy Center located in the Children's Hospital. The center offers the latest video-based endoscopy equipment specifically designed for use in children. Procedures include diagnostic endoscopy, pH probe studies and liver biopsy. Therapeutic endoscopy including sclerotherapy, band ligation, foreign body removal and polypectomy, are available.

Contact Us

To schedule an appointment or to inquire about our program, call 203.785.4081