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Welcome to Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Department of Pediatrics Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is a national leader in innovative clinical practice, developing and testing new diagnostics and treatments, and training the next generation of clinicians and researchers.

We are dedicated to -

  • providing state-of-the-art family-based clinical care
  • promoting discovery through cutting-edge basic, clinical, and translational research, and
  • being at the forefront of training pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology fellows and pediatric residents.

Clinical and research programs address all aspects of digestive diseases, including those involving the esophagus, intestinal tract, liver, and pancreas.

  • Our faculty provide national leadership in many NIH-funded research networks and professional organizations.
  • Our highly rated fellowship program is one of a handful funded by the NIH.
  • We currently have 21 physician faculty members, four midlevel providers, five PHD faculty, and nine fellows.

Most of our clinical services are provided at Children's Hospital Colorado, in Aurora, Colorado, and include many outreach and satellite clinics, enabling our multidisciplinary clinical team to see approximately 17,000 outpatient visits per year and perform close to 4,000 GI procedures. We have the only dedicated pediatric GI procedure unit in the region.

Our research programs (funded by the NIH, foundations, and philanthropy) align with our clinical programs and focus on liver diseases, liver failure, and liver transplantation, inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophilic diseases of the GI tract, childhood obesity, short bowel syndrome, and celiac disease.

Please explore our web site for detailed information.

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  • Ronald J. Sokol, MD, Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Vice Chair of Clinical & Translational Research, has been named the President-Elect of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) for 2017. Dr. Sokol will assume the duties as President of AASLD in January 2018. AASLD is the largest professional association for liver research, clinical care and education in the world, with over 5,000 members. Dr. Sokol will be the third pediatrician to be president of AASLD in its 65+ year history.

  • Christine Waasdorp-Hurtado was the Editor-in-Chief for the second edition of the “NASPGHAN Fellows Concise Review of Pediatric GI, Hepatology and Nutrition​,” that will be published in December 2017. It is used by many to study for pediatric gastroenterology boards and as a curriculum guide for training programs. It is the only such book for the field.

  • Glenn Furuta, David Brumbaugh, and Dan Atkins, were instrumental in helping to get HB 16-1387 passed and signed by the governor in June 2016. This bill will require commercial insurers registered in the state of Colorado to cover medical foods for metabolic and allergic and several chronic G.I. conditions starting later this year.

  • Glenn Furuta was an invited member on the expert panel to update Clinical Practice Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). He also received the GI Fellows Award for Teacher of the Year.​​