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The goal of the Pediatric Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition section is to promote disease prevention and apply advanced medical treatment through research, care, and patient education.

Activities of the Section

Inpatient consultation and daily outpatient clinical services for general gastrointestinal disorders including, but not limited to:

Disorders of growth and nutrition, gastrointestinal bleeding, vomiting, abdominal pain, esophageal disorders, chronic diarrhea, inflammatory bowel disease (Chrohn's and ulcerative colitis), constipation, and uncomplicated liver disease.

General Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Clinic - conduced daily

Multidisciplinary Specialty Clinics are held weekly:

  • Autism Specialty Clinic:
    • Medical Director: George J. Fuchs, MD
    • Specialty diagnostic and treatment services for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).  The pediatric specialty services represented in the clinic include Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Genetics, Neurology, and Sleep Disorders.  Other specialists may be available as needed.  The clinic provides a welcoming environment for the child with ASD and their family to be seen by more than one service in a single visit and depending on the individual child's need.
  • Hepatology and Liver Transplant Clinic:
    • Medical Director: Allah B. Haafiz, MD
    • This is a multidisciplinary clinic that includes nutritional social work, pharmacology, psychology, and pastoral support in the evaluation and management of children with acute and chronic liver diseases.  Pre-evaluation and management of children for liver transplantation and management of children post liver transplantation.
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation Clinic:
    • Medical Director: Juliana Frem, MD
    • Evaluation and management of infants and children with gastroschisis, intestinal insufficiency, pseudo-obstruction, or short bowel syndrome.

Outpatient clinics are held daily and accommodate over 400 visits per year.

Endoscopic procedures are performed daily in the GI Lab and average over 2,500 each year.  In addition, pH-probe, impedance-pH, BRAVO-pH monitoring, lactose breath testing, manometry, and video capsule imaging studies are available.

In addition to these clinical activities, the Section conducts basic science, translational, and clinical trials research.  The Section offers elective rotation educational activities for residents in both Pediatric and combined Medicine-Pediatric programs, as well as for UAMS senior medical students.


The People

  • The Section includes 5 board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists and 5 research scientists all with academic appointments in the College of Medicine at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  The Clinical Care Team provides patient care by a team approach incorporating services of a nurse practitioner, registered dieticians, and specialized gastrointestinal nurses.

Faculty Members:

Faculty List - Gastroenterology

Contact Information:

  • GI Office
    • Phone: 501-364-1004
    • Fax: 501-364-6291
  • GI Clinic
    • Phone: 501-364-6711
    • Fax: 501-364-4658
  • GI Lab
    • Phone: 501-364-4633
    • Fax: 501-364-4658
  • Hepatology/Liver Transplant
    • Phone: 501-364-2608
    • Fax: 501-987-6435
  • Appointments:
    • ACH Appointment Center: 501-364-4000  option 5
  • Address:
Arkansas Children's Hospital
One Children's Way, Slot 512-7
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202


Additional web links:

North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation

National Institutes of Health

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America
National Digestive Diseases Information Clearing House
American Association for the Studies of Liver Diseases


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