Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Infants and children with disorders that affect digestion and nutrition have a special place for help and hope at Lurie Children’s. The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is one of the leading programs in the country that offers a comprehensive approach to evaluating and treating childhood digestive disorders. We are ranked 4th in the nation by U.S.News & World Report for pediatric gastroenterology.

With highly-experienced doctors, state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques and research that offer cutting-edge treatments, we see more children with digestive disorders than any other program in Illinois. Each year we have more than 10,000 patient visits and perform approximately 1,500 procedures.

With a mission to care for young patients with complex gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases, our division offers treatments and diagnostic procedures not available anywhere else in the region.


Our entire staff is dedicated to evaluating and treating infants, children and teens. All of our physicians are board eligible/certified in pediatric gastroenterology, with a wide variety of expertise in the care of children with diseases of the digestive system, including liver disease. Our division also has doctors who specialize in liver disease in children (pediatric hepatologists), and is a leader in the field of liver transplantation.

The team also includes:

  • Pediatric nurse practitioners and nurses
  • Dietitians/nutritionists
  • Imaging specialists
  • Liver and intestinal transplant specialists
  • Pain specialists
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers

Our team also works closely with other Lurie Children’s specialists to provide integrated care, and has specialized programs with the Division of Allergy and Immunology, the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the Division of Pediatric Surgery.

Barry Wershil, MD, directs the Division of Gastroenterology. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, and has more than 25 years of experience in pediatric gastroenterology. He also is a Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.


We believe in family-centered care, which means we focus on supporting the whole family along with the patient. We offer many family support services and provide space for support groups.

A multidisciplinary team of experienced healthcare providers will care for your child. This team approach makes it easier for you to see every specialist your child needs under one roof and often in the same visit.

We offer high-tech diagnostic procedures to detect digestive and liver problems, including the only pediatric GI motility testing service in the state. We are one of the few centers in the region to offer children capsule endoscopy (“pill camera”) or esophageal impedance testing, which measures liquid movement from the stomach to the esophagus.

Our comprehensive care includes many specialized programs such as:

Each of these programs actively conducts research to improve the treatment of digestive disorders.


Our pediatric specialists treat children for all types of digestive disorders and liver diseases. See a list of the conditions we treat.

Our gastroenterologists and nutritionists also help treat patients who have other diseases that cause digestive problems, such as cystic fibrosis.

Make an Appointment

If you’d like to request an appointment with one of our specialists, call 1.800.543.7362 (1.800.KIDS DOC®). You can also request an appointment online.


Private contributions help support our exciting new discoveries in pediatric GI care and research. Gifts also allow us to hire talented healthcare professionals while training tomorrow’s specialists. One of the division’s highest priorities is to develop an endoscopy center with dedicated staff and resources that will allow us to deliver even better care.

Your support is vital in helping us continue to make a difference in the lives of patients and families. Lurie Children’s relies on philanthropic funding to enhance its programs, services and research for children. To learn more, please contact Lurie Children’s Foundation at, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.

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Almost Home Kids (AHK), now part of the Lurie Children’s family, cares for children with complicated health needs by providing family training, respite care and short-term transitional care in a home-like setting. AHK is staffed with medical professionals and volunteers to make sure every child and their families are prepared for the return home. The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition works closely with Almost Home Kids to make the care transition process as easy as possible.

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