Gastroenterology

U.S. News & World Report 2020-2021 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery

For the fourth year in a row, Valley Children's is ranked as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2020-2021. 

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 focused programs for many gastrointestinal conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, motility disorders, esophageal reflux, gastritis, gastrointestinal bleeding, esophagitis and 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 cholangio pancreatography (ERCP) to examine gallbladder, pancreas and liver ducts. We also conduct advanced motility testing and offer clinics dedicated to inflammatory bowel disease and obesity. 

Our multidisciplinary team also includes nurse practitioners, nurses, dietitians, child life specialists, social workers and psychologists. This approach enables us to deliver the highest level of individualized care to diagnose and treat even the most difficult conditions. The department sees more than 16,000 outpatient visits a year at locations throughout Central California to provide care to children and families close to their homes. 

Conditions We Treat

Valley Children’s team of pediatric gastroenterologists provides comprehensive care for a full range of pediatric gastroenterology conditions and nutrition disorders, from the most common to the most rare and complex. Our gastroenterologists oversee specialized clinics dedicated to specific conditions, from inflammatory bowel disease to conditions affecting the gallbladder, pancreas, and liver ducts.

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Braden's Story

Braden Plaa was 14 years old and near death when he arrived at Valley Children’s in 2013 and was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a severe inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Under the leadership of our pediatric gastroenterologists, 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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Meet Our Pediatric Gastroenterologists

Valley Children's board-certified and fellowship-trained team of pediatric gastroenterology specialists works together in a multidisciplinary approach to improve care for our young patients.