- ABMS Certification:
- Pediatrics, 1985; Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, 1985
- Research Interests:
Childhood constipation and encopresis, medical informatics, computer applications in clinical care and medical education, computerized medical records
- Clinical Practice:
- Constipation, Dysphagia, Encopresis-child, Crohn's Disease, Constipation-child, Pediatric Digestive Health
Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
- Professor of Pediatrics; Professor of Public Health Sciences
I was born in New Orleans and moved to Chicago when I was two years old. I went back to New Orleans to attend college at Tulane University, where I majored in sociology and statistics and graduated cum laude in 1976. After graduation, I returned to Chicago to attend medical school at Rush Medical College. I was inducted into AOA during my third year and graduated in 1980.
My specialty is pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. I completed my internship and residency in pediatrics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. I also completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at Vanderbilt, where, in addition to my clinical work, I researched the ontogeny of intestinal phosphate absorption. In 1986, I joined the faculty at the University of South Alabama to start the division of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition and continue my research. After 2 ½ half years there I moved to UVA, where I became the second member of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. For the first several years at UVA, I divided my time between clinical work and research. My lab has since taken a back seat to my clinical responsibilities.
As the first faculty member at UVA to take MIS training (the first computerized physician order entry system), I became increasingly interested in clinical informatics and information systems. As a result, I became a liaison between the clinical staff and the information systems folks. That role evolved, and I served as the unofficial chief medical information officer for the Health System for more than ten years.
I am a professor of pediatrics and public health sciences and serve as chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. I also serve as the vice-chair for education in the Department of Pediatrics and the medical director of the Battle Building.
I married my wife, Kathleen, in 1983. She also works at UVA’s Children’s Hospital and specializes in infant feeding. We have two adult daughters, Molly and Maggie. I enjoy gardening, photography, cooking, music, reading and visiting my daughters.
- 2011-2018 Best Doctors in America® List
- David C. Harrison Distinguished Educator Award
- All-University Teaching Award
- Rush Medical College, 1980
- Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University
- Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Vanderbilt University