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2016-17 Gastroenterology & GI Surgery |  U.S. News and World Report LogoThe Gastroenterology and Hepatology Division at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital is specially trained to treat pediatric patients with conditions involving the intestines, liver, growth and nutrition. The multi-disciplinary team includes seven board- certified SLUCare physicians, two nurse practitioners, four registered nurses and a dedicated registered dietician, social worker and psychologist.

Additionally, the program is ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a "Best Children's Hospital” for 2016-2017.


Contact Us

To make an appointment, please call 314-268-4010.

In addition to serving patients at our main campus, the GI team sees patients throughout the St. Louis and Illinois area. Get more information about SSM Health Cardinal Glennon at a location close to home.


Our services

We provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of conditions in children involving the intestines, liver, growth and nutrition. Our staff is specifically trained to treat the following conditions:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Alpha-1-Antitrypsin Deficiency
  • Colitis
  • Constipation
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Failure to thrive
  • Feeding problems
  • Gallstones
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Liver disease
  • Liver transplant
  • Nutritional deficiency
  • Obesity
  • Pancreatitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Vomiting
  • Weight management

Our Research

The Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology is involved in a wide range of cutting-edge research projects aimed at developing new and better treatments for our patients.  Our physicians’ areas of research include:

ChiLDREN Study Results

Dr. Jeff Teckman presented the study that shows most Alpha-1 children with liver disease have few symptons and normal growth. Visit the Alpha-1 Foundation's web site for more information.


Resources for Parents

For more information, visit one of these other great resources:

Meet the Team

Jeff Teckman, MD, Director

Ajay Jain, MD

Nisha Mangalat, MD

Caroline Meyer, MD

Helen Pappa, MD

Dhiren Patel, MD

Thomas Ratchford, MD

Jerry Rosenblum, MD


Laura Holte, RN, CPNP

Lisa Cayse, RN

Jenn Kvale, RN

Kim Killebrew,RN

Kathy Spranaitis, PNP

Susie Travaglini, RN

The Gastroenterology and Hepatology program participates in an ACGME-accredited Pediatric Fellowship Program for physicians wanting to subspecialize in pediatric gastroenterology and hepatology. Learn more about the program.


Media Highlights

2016 Chron’s & Colitis Walk


Hepatitis B Treatment


Healthy Kids Fighting Fatty Liver Disease


Fatty Liver Disease Confronts Obese Youths  


Dr. Ajay Jain wins NIH grant for parenteral nutrition-associated injury research


Local Researchers Testing Hepatitis B Treatment for Children


Sisters receive life-saving transplant

Local Toddler Awaits Liver Transplant For Bile-Duct Ailment


Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital is proud to be one of the nation's leading centers for Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency research, led by Dr. Jeffrey Teckman.

For more than 20 years, SLUCare physician and Division Director, Dr. Teckman has studied basic liver chemistry and led Alpha-1 research efforts. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon and Saint Louis University are part of a leading network of pediatric hospitals across North America sponsored by the National Institutes of Health to study and develop treatments and cures for a range of cholesteric liver diseases, including Alpha-1. Learn more about this study.


ChiLDREN Study Results
Dr. Teckman presented the study that shows most Alpha-1 children with liver disease have few symptoms and normal growth. Learn more about the study. 


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