Gastroenterology (Digestive Diseases and Nutrition)

The Division of Gastroenterology is part of UBMD Pediatrics and affiliated with the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo.

The Division specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of nutritional and gastrointestinal problems, including:

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  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Reflux disease
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Peptic disease
  • Liver diseases, including hepatitis B and C, autoimmune hepatitis, metabolic liver diseases, preparation for and follow-up after transplant
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Celiac disease
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Nutrition
  • Obesity
  • Failure to thrive

A qualified and diverse staff provides evaluation and diagnosis for infants, children and adolescents with diseases involving the gastrointestinal tract and/or liver, as well as nutrition support services.

Digestive Diseases and Nutrition Center (DDNC)

We prevent, diagnose, and treat gastrointestinal, nutritional, hepatic and pancreatic disease in children from birth through young adulthood. All providers strive to provide the best medicine for your child and the DDNC uses evidence based medicine and national algorithms when available.

Providing pediatric gastroenterology services and procedures on an outpatient basis, including:

  • 24 pH impedance
  • Anorectal manometry
  • Capsule endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy and preps
  • Esophageal manometry
  • Liver biopsy
  • Percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement and management
  • Rectal suction biopsy
  • Upper endoscopy
  • Nutritional counseling (for under and overweight children)

Gastroenterology Laboratory (Special Services)

Our Division has a full-service GI laboratory. Testing includes the following:

  • Disaccharidase determination
  • Pancreatic enzyme determinations (pancreatic insufficiency)
  • Fecal alpha-1 antitrypsin analysis (protein-losing enteropathy)
  • Endomysial antibody with tier (serum test for celiac disease)
  • Anti- neutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies (P-ANCA and C-ANCA)
  • H. Pylori antibody testing (ELISA method); H. Pylori (CLOTEST)
  • Hydrogen breath testing for lactose intolerance and/or bacterial overgrowth