Texas Children's Hospital announces Dr. Benjamin L. Shneider as new chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

HOUSTON - (Jan. 5, 2015) - Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce Dr. Benjamin L. Shneider as the new chief of its Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Service. Shneider, whose appointment was effective Jan. 1, was also appointed as professor of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. For more information about Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Texas Children's visit texaschildrens.org.

"Dr. Shneider is an internationally-recognized clinician, researcher and expert in diseases of the liver and gastrointestinal system, having previously held leadership positions at Yale University, Mt. Sinai and the University of Pittsburgh. We are confident his leadership will continue to advance the international prominence of our gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition team," said Dr. Mark W. Kline, physician-in-chief at Texas Children's and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor.

Shneider's clinical expertise includes liver disease in children with a particular focus on cholestatic liver disorders and portal hypertension. His current basic research focus is on intestinal gene regulation, while his translational and clinical research centers on pediatric liver diseases. His basic, translational and clinical research in intestinal gene expression and liver diseases has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health since 1993.

Shneider obtained his undergraduate education at Stanford University. He earned his medical degree from the University of Chicago and completed pediatric residency training at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, as well as a subspecialty fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Yale University. Shneider served as chief of the Division of Pediatric Hepatology at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine before moving to the University of Pittsburgh and Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC where he served as professor of pediatrics and director of Pediatric Hepatology.

Shneider has authored 114 original research papers published in the peer-reviewed medical literature and 104 additional textbook chapters, case reports and review articles. He has given 199 invited lectures at top medical centers and scientific meetings around the world. He is an elected member of both the Society for Pediatric Research and the American Society for Clinical Investigation.

Texas Children's Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Service is ranked #1 in Texas and #4 in the nation by U.S. News World Report. As one of the largest programs of its type in the U.S., this service brings multiple specialists together to treat children with complex gastrointestinal and liver diseases and nutritional problems from across the country and around the world.

About Texas Children’s Hospital

Texas Children’s Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children’s hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children’s has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women’s health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Center for pediatric research; Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands, a second community hospital planned to open in 2017. The organization also created the nation’s first HMO for children, has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country and a global health program that’s channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. For more information, go to www.texaschildrens.org. Get the latest news by visiting the online newsroom and Twitter at twitter.com/texaschildrens.