Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, MD, MPH
Mommy My Tummy Hurts! Little GI Systems Explained
Gastrointestinal (GI) disorders are common among children. Signs of these disorders include many symptoms that are long-lasting. They range from stomach pains to nausea or vomiting to bowel problems. Disorders like abdominal pain, chronic constipation and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) occur in children at a rate similar to adults. They strike about 1 in 10 to 1 in 5 kids and teens.
Dr. Melvin Heyman, chair of the AAP Section on Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition joins the show to discuss common complaints of the GI system in children and when to go through the testing to determine the causes.
Dr. Heyman is the Anita Ow Wing Endowed Chair and Professor of Pediatrics; Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, Director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program, and is the principal investigator for the NIH Training Grant that funds the Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UCSF.
Dr. Heyman conducts research that has been oriented towards clinical problems in pediatric patients with nutrition and/or gastroenterology issues. He was one of the first investigators to reveal the importance of nutrition support in sickle cell anemia, helped to develop procedures in the diagnosis of hepatobiliary problems in infants, and has been actively pursuing an understanding of the pathogenesis of and novel treatments for children with inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease. His work has been funded by the NIH, by foundation grants, and by pharmaceutical and formula industry support. His recent research has been evolving into investigation of obesity in infancy and in school age children. He is also very actively involved in developing strategies to improve nutrition and physical activities in public schools. He has numerous publications in scientific journals relating to these topics.
Dr. Heyman has served on many local and national committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics' (AAP) Task Force on Prevention of Obesity in School Health (POSH), the AAP Committee on Nutrition, the Pediatric Academic Society Meeting Planning Committee, the National Board of the National PTA, and is Past-Chair continuing to serve on the AAPs' Executive Committee for the Section on Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
Dr. Heyman has an active role in teaching at all levels. He lectures on etiology, diagnosis and management of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, pediatric gastroesophageal reflux disease, school nutrition, infant nutrition, short bowel syndrome, normal absorption and malabsorption, and related topics. He has been visiting professor at national and international venues.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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