Gastroenterology: Treatments & Programs

The close-knit team of specialists at the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is in a unique position to offer world-class care to our patients in the Dallas area and often to those from other states. Because we see over 1,000 children per month, we are one of the largest pediatric gastroenterology programs in the country.

We have the resources to present a diversity of specialists to diagnose and treat digestive and nutritional conditions in infants, children and adolescents from every possible angle.

Our size is a strength, but you and your child will never feel overwhelmed. We deliver personalized care to patients before, during and after treatment.

To keep care manageable, our gastroenterology team is pleased to offer several treatment programs to target specific gastrointestinal conditions. Our specialized programs include:

  • Treatments & Programs


    Therapeutic Endoscopy Program

    Directed by Dr. Brad Barth, the therapeutic endoscopy program is one of fewer than 10 such programs in the United States performing specialized, cutting-edge endoscopic procedures, including endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP).  ERCP is an essential tool in the diagnosis of complex pancreatic malformations and biliary disease.

    Southwestern Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

    The Southwestern Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), directed by Dr. Ashish Patel, not only provides treatment for IBD, but also continually invests in ongoing research of new treatments.

    Learn more about Inflammatory Bowel Disease

    Intestinal Failure & Rehabilitation Program

    Under the direction of Dr. Nandini Channabasappa, our Intestinal Rehabilitation program is one of the largest in the country and the only program of its type in the Southwest. Dedicated to treating children with short bowel syndrome, the program works hand in hand with the Intestinal Failure program to help the amazing recuperative properties of the small intestine work for your child.

    Learn more about Intestinal Rehabilitation
    Learn more about Intestinal Failure

    Neurogastroenterology Program & Motility Center

    The only center in North Texas of its type, the Motility Center, along with the Neurogastroenterology program, directed by Dr. Rina Sanghavi, diagnoses and treats complex motility disorders as well as abdominal pain, vomiting and constipation.

    Learn more about the Motility Center

    Hepatology & Liver Transplantation Program

    The internationally recognized Hepatology & Liver Transplantation program produces research and conducts clinical studies into acute liver failure, viral hepatitis and chronic liver diseases. The program teams with the Solid Organ Transplant program for liver transplantations.

    Cystic Fibrosis Program

    The Cystic Fibrosis program is a multidisciplinary program supported by the Gastroenterology Division, where  Dr. Sathe, deals with cystic fibrosis and nutrition-associated liver disease.

    GI Psychology Team

    The GI Psychology Team is comprised of a licensed Pediatric Psychologist, post-doctoral fellows in Pediatric Psychology and interns from the Clinical Psychology doctoral program at UT Southwestern. The team provides psychological intervention for patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Functional Abdominal Pain, Constipation and/or Encopresis, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome who are referred by their GI provider or seen in the hospital while inpatient. The GI Psychology team works collaboratively within the medical team to help care for the whole patient.

  • Conditions Diagnosed and Treated


    Abdominal painInflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
    Acute liver failureIntestinal failure, Short bowel syndrome
    Allergic and eosinophilic disordersLiver diseases
    Chronic vomitingLiver transplantation
    ConstipationMetabolic disorders affecting gastrointestinal function
    Diarrhea and malabsorptionMetabolic liver diseases
    Failure to thriveMotility disorders
    Feeding disordersNon-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
    Gastroesophageal reflux (GER)Pancreatic diseases
    Gastrointestinal (GI) bleedingPeptic ulcer disease
    Vascular malformationsViral hepatitis