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Pediatric Gastroenterology

US News LogoWe 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.

We have a team of board certified pediatric gastroenterologists, certified pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric nurses, registered dietitians and social workers. Our pediatric gastroenterology program is ranked among the top programs nationally by U.S. News & World Report.

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.

Specialized Care.

We are experienced in diagnosing and treating all types of gastrointestinal, liver, and pancreas disorders such as celiac disease, gastroesophageal reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, hepatitis, and pancreatitis.

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.

Our specialists provide such services as:

  • Upper endoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Capsule endoscopy (PillCam)
  • Hydrogen/methane breath testing
  • Anorectal manometry
  • Esophageal manometry
  • pH impedance testing

Our center is a part of ImproveCareNow (ICN) which is an international, multicenter collaborative network with the goal of transforming care and improving outcomes for children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  This partnership provides access to the best evidence, and tools for helping patients with IBD get better faster and stay well longer.

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.

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Locations

Contact Gastroenterology

330-543-4488

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Gastroenterology
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Akron
Considine Professional Building
215 West Bowery Street
Level 6
Akron, Ohio 44308
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Gastroenterology, Amherst
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Amherst
Mercy Health - Bitar Medical Center
5940 Oak Point Road, Suite E
Lorain, Ohio 44053
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Gastroenterology, Beachwood
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Beachwood
3733 Park East Drive
Suite 230
Beachwood, Ohio 44122
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Gastroenterology, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Boardman
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
Suite A2100
Boardman, Ohio 44512
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Gastroenterology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Boston Heights
Akron Children's Health Center
328 East Hines Hill Road
Suite 3
Boston Heights, Ohio 44236
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Gastroenterology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Mansfield
Akron Children's Health Center
1029 South Trimble Road
Mansfield, Ohio 44906
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Gastroenterology, Marietta
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Marietta
Marietta Memorial Hospital
400 Matthew Street
Suite 100
Marietta, Ohio 45750
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Gastroenterology, Medina
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Medina
Akron Children's Health Center
3443 Medina Road
Door 1 (Suite 108)
Medina, Ohio 44256
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Gastroenterology, North Canton
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, North Canton
Akron Children's Health Center
6076 Whipple Avenue Northwest
North Canton, Ohio 44720
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Gastroenterology, Norwalk
Akron Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology, Norwalk
Fisher-Titus Medical Center
282 Benedict Avenue
Norwalk, Ohio 44857
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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 Pediatric Gastroenterology, Wooster
Akron Children's Health Center
3807 Friendsville Road
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:

Amanda Abou-Fadel, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Christine Carter-Kent, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Sirvart Kassabian, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Christine Pasquarella, MD

Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Medical Director, Infusion Center

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Corey Scherer, DO

Pediatric Gastroenterologist

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Kevin Watson, MD, FAAP

Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Director, Clinical Informatics, Specialty Systems

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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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Other Providers:

Meghan Holecko, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Catherine Wills, RD, LD, CNSC

Registered Dietitian

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

celiac disease, lactose intolerance, short bowel syndrome, abdominal pain, gerd, gastroesophageal reflux disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ibd, achalasia, hirschsprung's disease, Bloody Stool, Campylobacter Infections, Chronic Diarrhea, Constipation, Crohn's Disease, Diverticulitis, Dysfunctional Voiding, Esophageal Reflux, Failure to Thrive, Helicobacter Pylori, Indigestion, Intestinal Malrotation, Intussusception, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Pancreatitis, Peptic Ulcer, Pinworm, Pyloric Stenosis, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac Disease