Gastroenterology

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Gastroenterology

Ranked one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in Gastroenterology by U.S. News & World Report in 2018-2019, Valley Children’s specializes in the diagnosis and management of infants, children, and adolescents with gastrointestinal and nutrition disorders.

The gastroenterology department at Valley Children’s specializes in the diagnosis and management of infants, children, and adolescents with gastrointestinal and nutrition disorders. The department offers specialized programs for many gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, motility disorders, esophageal reflux, gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagitis or unspecified abdominal pain.

We provide comprehensive evaluations, individualized treatment plans and extensive education to help children and their families manage gastrointestinal conditions and improve symptoms. Our expert team of pediatric gastroenterologists performs rare medical procedures such as endoscopic retrograde colangio pancreatography (ERCP) to examine gallbladder, pancreas and liver ducts, advanced motility testing and offer clinics dedicated to inflammatory bowel disease and obesity.

Our team also includes nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, child life specialists, social workers and psychologists who focus on treating the whole child. This approach enables us to deliver the highest level of individualized care and treatment to diagnose – and solve – even the most difficult conditions. The department serves about 16,000 outpatients a year at locations throughout Central California to provide care to children and families close to their homes. 


Patient Stories

When Living Normally is Winning: Tackling Severe Digestive Disorders

Braden Plaa was 14 years old and near death when he arrived at Valley Children’s in 2013. Dr. Clifton Huang, a Valley Children’s gastroenterologist, diagnosed Braden with Crohn’s disease, a severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Under Dr. Huang’s leadership, Valley Children’s offers a specialized pediatric clinic for Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis, another form of IBD. A medical and counseling team monitors these devastating illnesses, providing state-of-the-art treatment ranging from immuno-suppression drugs to diet options.

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News & Announcements

10/17/2018

Valley Children’s Honored as “Best Children’s Hospital” by The Women’s Choice Award for Second Year in a Row

(Madera, California) – For the second year in a row, Valley Children’s Hospital has been named as a Best ...

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