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Pediatric Gastroenterology

Includes specialty programs: Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic / Myelodysplasia Clinic / Cystic Fibrosis Center

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Overview

We combine our expertise in pediatric gastrointestinal diseases with advanced diagnostics and therapies to provide the highest quality medical care to infants, children and teens with digestive problems. We focus on concerns unique to pediatric patients, including growth, physical and emotional development, and age-related social issues.

Only one focus: kids.

Children are not just small adults. Their growing bodies have unique medical needs. They usually express their concerns differently than adults. They cannot always answer medical questions and aren't always able to be patient and cooperative. We know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative.

And we're experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of GI disorders such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux and inflammatory bowel disease.

Between 10 and 15 percent of children between the ages of 3 and 16 experience chronic abdominal pain, defined as 3 or more episodes of stomachache within a 3-month period.

Symptoms of gastrointestinal disease vary in type and severity, but the presence of a fever, vomiting, diarrhea, blood in the stool, weight loss, poor appetite, or waking up frequently in the middle of the night are all signs that something serious may be behind your child’s stomach pain.

We also collaborate with specialists from allergy and immunology to diagnose and treat eosinophilic esophagitis, a complex condition that causes digestive problems but is closely associated with allergies, including food allergies.

Locations/Contact Us

Contact Gastroenterology

330-543-4488

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Gastroenterology
Akron Children's Hospital Gastroenterology, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 6
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Gastroenterology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Gastroenterology, Boardman
Building A
6505 Market Street
Suite A2100
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Gastroenterology, Mansfield
Gastroenterology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Gastroenterology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
3443 Medina Road, Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Gastroenterology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Ave. NW
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Gastroenterology, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Ave.
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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Gastroenterology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Gastroenterology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Suite 3
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Gastroenterology, Warren
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Warren
The Market Place
5000 East Market Street
Suite 29
Warren, Ohio 44484
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Gastroenterology, Wooster
Akron Children's Hospital Specialty Care
Subspecialty Care Building
546 Winter St.
Wooster, Ohio 44691
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Reinaldo Garcia-Naveiro
Reinaldo Garcia-Naviero, MD

Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology; Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Christine Carter-Kent, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Sirvart Kassabian, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Christine Pasquarella, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Madhura Phadke, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Corey Scherer, DO

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Kevin Watson, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Matthew Wyneski, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Nurse Practitioners/Physician Assistants:

Dawn Keilin, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Stephanie Mullin, MSN, APRN-CNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner

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Open Clinical Studies

Comparing silver nitrate application with topical corticosteroids at gastrostomy sites

Gastrostomy tube (G-tube) insertion is one of the most commonly performed procedures in pediatric surgery. Complications from G-tubes are not uncommon and are a frequent reason for pediatric surgery office visits. The development of hyper-granulation tissue around the G-tube site is one of these complications. It is accompanied by chronic drainage and skin breakdown from the G-tube site resulting in localized irritation around the tube. Various treatments exist for hyper-granulation tissue that includes silver nitrate, topical corticosteroids, and intraregional injection of corticosteroids, sprinkling salt, laser therapy and surgical excision. These therapies have not been adequately evaluated to determine which is most effective. There have been no randomized trials comparing any of two of these treatments. The most common treatments are silver nitrate and topical corticosteroids; this study aims to compare the effectiveness of both.

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