The Gastrointestinal Eosinophilic Diseases Program (GEDP) at Children's Hospital Colorado provides state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary care to patients affected by eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases (EGIDs), including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE).
EGIDs are a group of diseases characterized by a wide variety of gastrointestinal symptoms including vomiting, swallowing problems, food impaction, abdominal pain, diarrhea, slow growth, and bleeding. These symptoms occur in combination with increased numbers of eosinophils in the gastrointestinal lining. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that has been primarily associated with allergic diseases but are also found in other diseases.
Depending on the part of the GI tract affected, EGIDs can be called a variety of different names, such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EE), eosinophilic gastritis (EG), eosinophilic gastroenteritis (EGE), and eosinophilic colitis (EC), with the diagnostic term being based primarily on the location of the mucosal eosinophilia.
Patients and families are provided with the latest in clinical services ranging from endoscopic assessment, allergy testing, and in some circumstances, novel treatment protocols. Importantly, a wide range of clinical research projects are being conducted to uncover new knowledge and improve patient care. Interested patients are offered the opportunity to participate in any protocol.
Glenn T. Furuta, MD, Director of the Program, is a pediatric gastroenterologist whose work focuses on identifying clinical features of EGIDs and developing methods for patient assessment and treatment.
F. Dan Atkins, MD, Co-Director of the Program, brings both clinical expertise and research experience in food allergy to the team.
David Fleischer, MD, is an experienced clinician in food allergic diseases and has a research focus on food allergic diseases.
The primary dietitians, Taryn Brennan, RD and Kelly Klaczkiewicz, RD, provide outstanding nutritional expertise in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and food allergy. Angela Haas, MA, SSS-SLP, Nancy Maune, OTR, and Holly Knotowicz, MS, CCC-SLP, are experienced members of the Feeding Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado who provide diagnostic and therapeutic expertise when necessary.
The GEDP is coordinated by JoAnne Newton, RN, BSN, CGRN and Kathy Spomer, RN, with administrative support from Ebony Jones and Linda Perez.
Related Websites and Additional Information
Visit our web page at Children's Hospital Colorado website for more information about our Clinical Services at Children's Colorado.
Visit the Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers (CEGIR) website for information about ongoing research studies and to join the Contact Registry for patients with eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases.