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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:

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. Teckman presented the study that shows most Alpha-1 children with liver disease have few symptons and normal growth. Click here for more information on the study. 


Resources for Parents

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Meet the Team


Jeff Teckman, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Division Director

Ajay Jain, MD
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Transplant Program

Nisha Mangalat, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship

Caroline Meyer, MD

Helen Pappa, MD

Dhiren Patel, MD

Jerry Rosenblum, MD, MPH, MBA

Thomas Ratchford, MD

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.

Nurse Practitioners
Laura Hotle, RN, CPNP
Kathy Spranaitis, RN, CPNP

Clinical Nurses
Lisa Cayse, RN
Jenn Kvale, RN
Kim Killebrew,RN
Susie Travaglini, RN

Registered Dietician
Karen Weaver, RD

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


Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Inflammatory Bowel Disease is a condition primarily consisting of two types; Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (UC). In these conditions, part of the stomach or intestines becomes inflamed (red and swollen). This can cause abdominal pain, vomiting, diarrhea, bleeding, poor growth or various other symptoms. The GI Team at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon cares for several hundred such children. We apply state-of-the-art treatments and tests, with the goal of keeping children well, growing, attending school and involved in all usual activities. SSM Health Cardinal Glennon is also a member of the award winning, "Improve Care Now," consortium for the care of children with IBD.


Weight Management
The Weight Management and "Weight of Life" programs at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are specialized programs for overweight children which not only aim to control weight, but also to prevent poor health in the future with proper nutrition, exercise and counseling. These sessions, uniquely provided at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are not available at any other children's hospital in the region, are staffed by experts focused on the family as well as the overweight child.


Liver Transplant Program
The Pediatric Liver Transplant program at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon has a more than 20 year record of providing life-saving organ transplants to critically ill children in the Missouri and Illinois region. The expert team of SLUCare surgeons, liver specialists, nurses, dietitians, and counselors care for all aspects of the health and well-being of the patient and their families. The success rates at SSM Health Cardinal Glennon are in the top 25% of programs for children in the United States.

For more information about our liver transplant program, click here.


Short Bowel Syndrome/GIRAF
Glennon Intestinal Rehabilitation and Feeding (Short Bowel Syndrome) is a multi-specialty program of nutrition and intestine specialists, surgeons and dietitians who care for infants and children who cannot feed by mouth as a result of premature birth, illness or injury. A wide array of technologies are available to keep children healthy and growing even when oral feeds are insufficient. The goal of GIRAF is to maintain good health, promote normal growth and support the family while the child recovers and advances to normal eating.


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