Gastroenterology

The Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and laboratory services to evaluate and treat infants, children and adolescents with gastrointestinal disorders.


Photo of Doctor Samra Blanchard, M.D.Samra Blanchard, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology

Special Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Medical Degree: Istanbul University Faculty of Medicine
Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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Steven J. Czinn, MD, FAAP, FACG, AGAF 
Drs. Rouben and Violet Jiji Professor of Pediatrics
Chair, Department of Pediatrics
Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, H-Pylori Disease
Medical Degree: Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Residency: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Certification: Pediatrics
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Howard A. Kader, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interest: Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Medical Degree: University of Nebraska College of Medicine
Residency: Creighton-Nebraska Universities Health Foundation, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Certification: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
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Photo of Doctor Anjali Malkani, M.D. Anjali Malkani, MBBS
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Residency:All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, FL
Fellowship: Stanford University Medical Center
Certification: Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
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Photo of Doctor Jay Allan Perman, M.D. Jay Perman, MD 
Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interests: Infant Feeding, Constipation, Esophogeal reflux Disease, Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Medical Degree: Northwestern University
Residency: Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Children's Hospital Medical Center, Pediatric Gastroenterology Research; Harvard Medical School, Pediatric Research
Certification: Pediatrics; Pediatric Gastroenterology
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Nidhi Rawal, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interests: Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE), Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
Medical Degree: Lady Hardinge Medical College of India
Residency: Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, Pediatrics
Fellowship: University of MD Medical System, Pediatrics and Gastroenterology
Certification: Pediatrics
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Runa Diwadkar Watkins headshotRuna Diwadkar Watkins, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Celiac Disease
Medical Degree: American University of the Caribbean, Medicine
Residency: Memorial Medical Center of Georgia, Pediatrics
Fellowship: Jackson Memorial Hospital, Pediatrics and Gastroenterology
Certifications: Pediatrics, Gastroenterology
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Donna Zeiter, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Special Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Complex Chronic Care
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Constance Chamberlin, RD
Support Staff



Pamela Cureton, RD
Support Staff
Special Interests: Pediatric and Adult Celiac Disease and Dietary Treatment




Ryann Diehl, RD 
Support Staff
Special Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition


Elaine Leonard-Puppa, RN, Med, DHA, CCRP
Research Specialist
Special Interests: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Celiac Disease


Elsie Stines, RN, MS, CPNP 
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, Infant feeding, Constipation, Esophageal Reflux Disease
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