Maria E. Perez, DO

Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine



Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

225 E. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lincoln Park

2515 N. Clark Street/467 W. Deming Place
Chicago, Illinois 60614-3393

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Lurie Children’s Hospital Outpatient Center in Skokie

3722 W. Touhy Avenue
Skokie, Illinois 60076

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Lurie Children's Hospital Outpatient Center in Lake Forest

Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital Campus
900 N. Westmoreland, Suite 110 (Bays Medical Office Building, 1st Floor)*
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045

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Clinical Interests

General pediatrics GI, Functional GI disorders (Abdominal pain, Constipation, Irritable bowel syndrome, Functional dyspepsia, Cyclic vomiting syndrome), Eating disorders

Education & Training

Education: University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey (Rowan University) School of Osteopathic Medicine, 2005

Postgraduate Training: Fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology & nutrition, Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, OH, 2008-2011; Residency in pediatrics, Goryeb Children's Hospital, Morristown, NJ, 2005-2008

Board Certifications: Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Professional Organizations: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Gastroenterological Association, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society

Research & Publications


Santucci NR, Chogle A, Leiby A, Mascarenhas M, Borlack RE, Lee A, Perez ME, Russell A, Ming Yeh A.  Non-pharmacologic approach to pediatric constipation.  Complement Ther Med Jun 2021; 59:102711.  (PMID: 33737146)

Robson J, Lusman SS, Lee CK, Merves J, Middleton J, Perez ME, Desai NK, Sayej W, Sivagnanam M, Solomon AB, Colombo JM, Rosen JM, Van Buren KW, Brown JB, Turmelle YP, Cerezo CS, Loomes KM, Huang JS, Quiros-Tejeira RE, Benkov K, Leichtner A, Narkewicz MR, Weinstein T, Sauer CG. Pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition entrustable professional activities: Development of an assessment tool and curricular resources. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2020;71(1):e40-e5.  (PMID: 32265411)

Hajjat T, Mosha MH, Suppa C, Markowitz J, Whaley KG, Rosen MJ, Shukla-Udawatta M, Boyle BM, Hunter G, Perez ME, Hyams J. Vedolizumab experience in children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: A multicenter observational study (VOLCANO).  Gastroenterol May 2019; 156 (6): S-840-S-841. (DOI: 10.1016/S0016-5085(19)39063.8)

Groth D, Perez ME, Treat JR, Castelo-Soccio L, Nativ S, Weiss PF, Lapidus S, Perman MJ. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitor-induced psoriasis in juvenile idiopathic arthritis patients.  Pediatr Dermatology  Vol 36 (5): 613-17. (DOI:10.1111/pde.13859)

Perez ME*, Mugie SM* (*co-authors), Burgers R, Gibson LA, Hingsbergen E, Punati J, Mousa H, Benninga MA, Di Lorenzo C. Colonic manometry versus colonic scintigraphy as a diagnostic tool for children with severe constipation.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 57 (5): 598-602, November 2013. (PMID: 24177783)

Perez ME, Coley B, Crandall W, Di Lorenzo C, Bravender T. Effect of nutritional rehabilitation on gastric motility and somatization in adolescents with anorexia.  J Pediatr 163 (3): 867-872, September 2013.   (PMID: 23587435)

Perez ME, Langseder A, Lazar E, Youssef NN. Parental perceptions of research after completion of placebo-controlled trials in pediatric gastroenterology.  J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr  Vol 51(3): 309-313. (PMID: 20479689)

Youssef NN, Perez ME. When there is Smoke, There may be Fire: Functional Abdominal Pain and the Role of Inflammation.  J Pediatr November 2008.  5: 594-6. (PMID: 18940348)

Perez ME, Youssef NN. Dyspepsia in Children and Adolescents: Insights and Treatment Considerations.  Curr Gastro Reports   Vol 9: 447-455.  (PMID: 18377794)

Vijaysadan V, Perez M, Kuo D. Revisiting Swallowed Troubles – Intestinal Complications Caused by Two Magnets - a Case Report, Review and Proposed Revision to the Algorithm for the Management of Foreign Body Ingestion.  JABFM September 2006.  19(5): 511-16.  (DOI: 10.3122/jabfm.19.5.511)

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