Pediatric Gastroenterology

Doctors of UofL

To make an appointment at UofL Physicians - Pediatric Gastroenterology, call 502-588-2330. You will need a physician referral before scheduling an appointment for your child. After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

The doctors of UofL Physicians – Pediatric Gastroenterology, formerly UofL Pediatrics -Gastroenterology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, PSC, are specifically trained to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal diseases that affect children from infancy through adolescence. Some problems may be temporary, while others are chronic and will affect the child through adulthood. No parent wants to see their child having frequent stomach aches, not eating well or not growing at a normal pace. Our physicians provide diagnosis, treatment and care that improves the quality of life for children with both chronic and acute gastrointestinal diseases.

Our practice, which was established in 1988, continues to grow in a number of areas as it serves infants and children with gastrointestinal problems. The division also follows children who have undergone liver and small bowel transplantation.

Louisville Gastro Diseases

We serve infants and children of Louisville and southern Indiana with disorders of the intestinal tract, liver, and pancreas as well as nutritional problems such as:

  • Inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis
  • Failure to thrive
  • Constipation / encopresis
  • Malabsorption syndromes such as Celiac Disease
  • Chronic diarrhea
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Acute/chronic liver disease
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis

Some common symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Chronic abdominal pain
  • Failure to grow
  • Vomiting
  • Jaundice
  • Rectal Bleeding

We provide a full range of pediatric gastroenterology services and treatments for the intestinal tract, liver and pancreas at our offices in Louisville.

Some of our services include:

Endoscopy of the upper and lower gastrointestinal tracts

Our gastroenterologists are able to examine the inner-lining of the digestive tract using an endoscope–a tiny, flexible fiber optic camera. The endoscope allows diagnosis of the inner gastrointestinal tract and can reveal otherwise undetectable conditions and abnormalities. This procedure also offers treatments such as polyp removal, ligation of varices and others.

Capsule endoscopy

Specialists can diagnose the inner small-intestine through the use of a vitamin-sized wireless camera. Piloted at Norton Children’s Hospital by Dr. Thomas Stephen, this leading-edge procedure allows evaluation and diagnosis of areas that traditional endoscopy cannot reach.

Percutaneous liver biopsy

Our physicians use percutaneous liver biopsy in the diagnosis of diseases affecting the liver.  This procedure uses local anesthesia to numb the skin where a small incision is made. A needle the diameter of a pen refill is then passed through the skin and into the liver, where a specimen is obtained.

Esophageal pH monitoring/Impedance with pH testing

These tests are the current gold standard for diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  Our doctors use a probe (a very small tube) which is placed through the nostril, down the throat, into the lowest part of the esophagus. It stays in place for 16-24 hours and is attached to a small machine that records the reflux of stomach contents into the esophagus.

The Impedance with pH testing procedure detects both acidic and non-acidic reflux events. This is the newest technology available to diagnose gastrointestinal reflux (GER).

Other tests

Our physicians perform other procedures, such as rectal suction biopsy and anorectal manometry, to diagnose defecation problems and esophageal manometry to diagnose swallowing difficulties.

Physicians in this practice may not see patients at all locations listed below. For details, please call the appointment line for the location you are interested in visiting.

After hours (after 5 p.m. and on weekends), please call Norton Children's Hospital at 502-629-6000.

Faxes may be sent to 502-588-9513.

Offices and Clinics

  • UofL Physicians Novak Center for Children's Health
    411 E. Chestnut Street
    5th Level, Check-in
    Louisville, Kentucky 40202
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  • UofL Physicians Pediatric Specialists at Old Brownsboro Crossing
    9880 Angie's Way
    Suite 330
    Louisville, Kentucky 40241
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Hospital Affiliations

  • Norton Children’s Hospital

Our doctors are innovators, leaders in their professional community and educators dedicated to advancing the standard of care and quality of life of children with gastrointestinal diseases.

Our team also includes a highly-skilled and well-equipped pathology staff and nutritionists.