Why Choose Mount Sinai?
Whatever your child’s gastroenterology or hepatology needs, Mount Sinai can help. As one of the most respected centers for pediatric digestive disorders, and a pioneer in research and education, we deliver specialized, evidence-based care to infants, children, and teens with inflammatory bowel disease; celiac disease; gastro-esophageal reflux disease; liver, biliary, and pancreatic diseases; and many other conditions both common and complex.
Our multidisciplinary team includes nurse practitioners, social workers, nutritionists, and child-life specialists, all working together to achieve the best care for your child. We also work closely with the adult Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department, and help our patients transition to that program when they are ready.
Services We Offer
We offer the following services to young patients and their families:
- Pediatric endoscopy uses advanced optics and first-rate visualization systems for rapid, accurate, and pain-free examinations of your child’s digestive tract and adjacent organs.
- Pediatric radiology performs imaging tests such as X-rays, ultrasound (US), magnetic resonance enterography (MRE), magnetic resonance imaging, and computed tomography (CT) scans. We provide comprehensive state-of-the-art imaging services for premature infants, full-term infants, children, adolescents, and young adults (up to age 21). Whenever possible, we use imaging studies that do not require radiation exposure, such as US or MRI. When we must use a scan that requires radiation exposure, such as plain film radiography, fluoroscopy, CT, nuclear medicine, or interventional radiology, we use the lowest possible dose.
To help reduce any anxiety and fear for your child and your family, we designed our main pediatric radiology area with an underwater theme as a comforting and relaxing setting. Your child can watch a video or play with a videogame before and during the imaging studies. We are happy to give them little rewards such as lollipops and stickers. Our little patients also enjoy coloring in their very own copy of our free coloring book, Kravis Children’s Hospital at Mount Sinai Pediatric Radiology Coloring Book, and they are often amused when they recognize the members of the staff who appear as cartoon characters in it.
- Infusion therapy is when we administer medications intravenously. It is especially effective for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. The Mount Sinai Therapeutic Infusion Center is a state-of-the-art infusion center dedicated to providing advanced biologic therapies to both adults and children on an outpatient basis. Our infusion center provides a comfortable setting with private rooms; reclining chairs; Wi-Fi; flat screen TVs; and complimentary lunch, snacks, and beverages.
Our doctors see patients in multiple locations including Manhattan, Queens, Scarsdale, Brooklyn Heights, and Huntington.
Searching for answers is part of who we are and what we do. Members of our Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology division continually strive to advance our knowledge of digestive and liver diseases through research in order to help our young patients. For example, at the Susan and Leonard Feinstein Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinical Center, our team takes a multi-faceted approach to researching inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Current areas of study include the microbial influences, genetic components, and treatment of IBD. Not all of our studies involve looking through a microscope. Our team is also studying how delivery of care can impact children living and coping with IBD.
A few of the studies currently underway in the division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Hepatology include:
- Precision IFX: Using a Pharmacokinetic Dashboard to Optimize and Individualize Infliximab Dosage for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Patients
- Improving Transition Readiness in Pediatric IBD with Novel Behavioral Interventions
- Road to Prevention (RTP): A Mount Sinai IBD Initiative.
- Correlation Between Vedolizumab Serum Levels, Anti-Vedolizumab Antibodies and Disease Activity in Subjects with IBD
- The Impact of anti-TNF Exposure on Vedolizumab Effectiveness: A Biomarker Study
- Phase 2, Open-Label, Multicenter, Single Arm study to investigate the Safety and Efficacy of Sofosbuvir+Ribavirin in Adolescents and Children with Genotype 2 or 3 Chronic HCV Infection
- Phase 2, Open-Label, Multicenter, Multi-cohort study to Investigate the Safety and Efficacy of Ledipasvir/Sofosbuvir Fixed Dose Combination in Adolescents and Children with Chronic HCV genotype 1 Infection
- Ursodeoxycholic Acid Therapy in Pediatric Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis: A Pilot Withdrawal/Reinstitution Trial
We are also exploring the latest medications for viral hepatitis and diagnostic tools for rare liver diseases. You can talk with your doctor about whether any of these studies would be appropriate for your child.