Feeding, Swallowing & Nutrition Disorders Program

The Feeding, Swallowing and Nutrition Disorders Program evaluates and treats children with conditions that include dysphagia, feeding aversion (which may include oral defensiveness, tactile sensitivity, problem eating and picky eating), failure to thrive  (poor growth and weight loss) and related disorders. Located at our outpatient centers, Lurie Children’s at Cadence Health (Winfield) and at Lincoln Park, the program serves the growing number of children who suffer from a feeding issue.

The Lurie Children’s Difference

The program is designed to bring together multiple health care specialists including a gastroenterologist, nurse clinician, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, behavioral psychologist and registered dietitian to help assist your child with feeding issues. Our expert teams will develop a comprehensive treatment plan to best care for your child.

Research is an important part of the program and our research interests include parental stress in pediatric feeding disorders, family quality of life in pediatric feeding disorders, natural history of silent/chronic aspiration in neurologically intact children and a survey to determine whether the State of Illinois is meeting the needs of infants and children with feeding disorders. With our research, we hope to promote patient care and improve education for families.

Our Specialists

Mark Fishbein, MD and Maria Greene, MD, are board-certified in pediatric gastroentrology and evaluate patients within this program. Dr. Fishbein is the medical director of the program. He and Dr. Greene work closely with the other healthcare providers to assist your child with various feeding problems. Dr. Fishbein is Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Lurie Children’s and Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Greene is Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Lurie Children’s and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the Feinberg School.

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.


Your support is important 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 the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation at foundation@luriechildrens.org, call 312.227.7500 or make a gift today.