Our Team

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Dr. Shneider's leadership goal is to leverage the wide-ranging clinical and research expertise of an exceptionally talented section to provide compassionate, state-of-the-art, discipline-leading and evidence-based care for children with all types of gastrointestinal, hepatic, pancreatic and…
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Clinic Physicians and Surgeons

I believe that providing exceptional care to children is a great privilege. Children should feel involved in their care and as such leaving a lasting positive impression on the children I care for is of utmost importance.  As a strong advocate of the mind- body connection, I believe that addressing…
Phone: 832-227-1440 (West) | 832-828-1800 (Sugar Land)

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Dr. Balakrishnan is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics within the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and an Attending physician at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr Balakrishnan’s area of focused interest is in…
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Dr. Banc-Husu is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics within the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and a Transplant Hepatologist at Texas Children’s Hospital. She cares for infants and children with liver transplants and…
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Dr. Barton’s patient care philosophy is centered on education. She believes that a patient and their family’s understanding of a diagnosis is an important step in the treatment process. She enjoys teaching medical concepts to families in ways that are clearly and easily understandable. She delights…
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Dr. Britto’s patient care philosophy is focused on a family-centered approach. She believes that caring for an ill child requires collaboration between patients, their families and the provider. She strives to educate families so that they will have the tools needed to actively participate in the…
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Dr. Chiou is a pediatric gastroenterologist with a clinical focus on Neurogastroenterology and Functional GI Disorders. The current focus of Dr. Chiou’s research is on disorders of esophageal motility in children, including conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).  Despite the…
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Dr. Chu believes that mutual trust and effective communication are two of the bedrock components of a good patient-provider relationship. He also believes that building strong collaborations with care providers within Texas Children’s Hospital and beyond is critical to fully leveraging the…
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During my training in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology it became apparent that the areas of childhood functional gastrointestinal disorders and childhood motility disorders were both clinically and scientifically underserved.  I was struck by how common these disorders (such as chronic…
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Dr. Fishman is the Director of GI Endoscopy and Therapeutic Endoscopy and is active in the study of pancreaticobiliary disease in children. He is the medical director of the Pancreaticobilary Program (PBP) and Polyposis Program. Current studies include evaluation of children with gallstones and…
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I am a pediatric gastroenterologist with special interests in neonatal cholestasis (abnormal jaundice in newborns and infants), genetic causes of liver disease such as progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis and Wilson disease, liver transplantation, and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Our…
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Dr. Hertel's clinical and research expertise focus on pediatric liver disease.  In her clinic, she cares for infants and children of all ages with liver transplants and with liver diseases including biliary atresia, idiopathic neonatal hepatitis, progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis (PFIC…
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Dr. John Hollier is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with broad clinical interests including failure to thrive, constipation, celiac disease, and functional abdominal pain.   Dr. Hollier’s research focuses on innovative delivery methods to treat pediatric patients with functional abdominal pain…
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Clinical Interests: Dr. Ihekweazu’s clinical interests include general pediatric gastroenterology, with a primary focus on Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Research Interests: Dr. Ihekweazu’s research focuses on the relationship between the gut microbiome and Inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD),…
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Phone: 832-828-1800 (Sugar Land) | 832-227-1000 (West)

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Dr. Jensen strives to provide compassionate, up-to-date care care to children with gastrointestinal and nutritional problems.    Clinical  Interests: Dr. Jensen sees patients with a wide array of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems.  He is especially interested in caring for children…
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Lina B. Karam M.D is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with clinical expertise in treatment of patients with a variety of gastrointestinal disorders and a special interest in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. She is the medical director of the capsule endoscopy program which is a state of the…
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Dr. Kellermayer is the director of the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at Texas Children's Hospital (TCH), Baylor College of Medicine (BCM). He is a devoted pediatric gastroenterologist striving for outstanding patient care with special interest in IBD (including Crohn's disease…
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West)

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I care for children with all kinds of GI disorders and I perform GI procedures regularly.  I am especially interested in Nutrition, G-tube feeding , milk intolerance, inflammatory bowel diseases, functional GI disorder and management of GI disorders in children with developmental delay.  I have…
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Dr. Daniel H. Leung is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics within the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Baylor College of Medicine where he serves as Director of Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine and the Director of the Viral Hepatitis Program at Texas…
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Dr. Motil investigates nutrient metabolism in girls and women with Rett syndrome, a neurodevelopmental disorder caused by a mutation in the MECP2 gene. The broad goal of her research is to understand how nutritional interventions modify growth and body composition outcomes in these individuals. Of…
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Dr. Mysore’s clinical and research interests are in pediatric liver diseases and transplantation. She actively collaborates with divisions of Immunology and Infectious disease at Texas Children’s Hospital to study Immune mechanisms in liver transplantation. Her laboratory research is in T cell…
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As a pediatric gastroenterologist, I strive to not only provide great patient care but to also develop a relationship built on trust with my patients and their families. In order to treat a patient’s disease, I believe that it is necessary to address every aspect, from physical to psychological. I…
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My primary role at Texas Children's Hospital is that of a clinician. I see patients in both the outpatient and inpatient setting, taking care of a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. These range from patients with common problems such as chronic abdominal pain, gastroesophageal reflux, chronic…
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Dr. Pham cares for children with a range of gastroenterology and hepatology diseases in both the inpatient and outpatient settings at the Texas Children’s Hospital Medical Center and West Campus. She is a transplant hepatologist who is active within our Viral Hepatitis and Liver Transplant…
Phone: 832-822-3250 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West)

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Dr. Preidis’s goal is to provide the highest quality of compassionate patient care by leveraging the latest advances in gastroenterological, liver, nutritional, and microbiome research.  Clinical Interests: Geoffrey A. Preidis, M.D., Ph.D. is a Pediatric Gastroenterologist with basic research…
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My patient care philosophy focuses on a personalized “patient-and family-centered” approach. My goal is not just to provide medical management but to also empower my patients and their parents with the education required to incorporate themselves in the decision making and healing process. As a…
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Dr Redel enjoys caring for infants and children with a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. Her areas of emphasis are feeding difficulties in young children, gastrointestinal problems in children with autism spectrum disorders, and poor weight gain in preschoolers.  Together with a dietitian,…
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-282-9100 (Clear Lake)

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Dr. Wenly Ruan is a pediatric gastroenterologist with a clinical focus on Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Therapeutic Endoscopy. Dr. Ruan is devoted to the care and management of pediatric patients with a broad range of gastrointestinal disorders with a focus on inflammatory bowel disease and…
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The excitement I get from being a physician is that I have the opportunity to do the three things I love the most in my professional life. There is the opportunity to take care of kids and help them get better to the best of my ability. Through carrying out research there is the possibility of…
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Clinical Interests: General Pediatric Gastroenterology Liver Disease   Research Interests: Dr. Tessier has an interest in enterohepatic circulation and the impact of the gut microbiome on hepatic health and vise-versa. She hopes to expand our knowledge of the gut microbiome and metabolome in…
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Dr. Van Buren is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.  She cares for children with a variety of gastrointestinal conditions. Dr. Van Buren also specializes in caring for patients with short bowel syndrome and intestinal failure in the…
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Dr. Bryan Vartabedian is the Director of Community Medicine for the division of gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. He has spent 20 years in full-time clinical practice and currently sees patients at Texas Children's Hospital | The Woodlands. Passionate about communication and patient…
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Dr. Walsh is a dedicated pediatric gastroenterologist with a clinical interest in inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.  She cares for children with a wide array of gastrointestinal difficulties.  Her focus is providing the highest quality of care through compassion,…
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Dr. Wyatt enjoys seeing children with a wide spectrum of GI illnesses including gastroesophageal reflux, constipation and functional disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome.  She enjoys forming trusting relationships with patients and their families and appreciates that every child is different…
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Nurse Practitioners

My clinical interests include biliary atresia, liver transplant and nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).  I am also a co-investigator in numerous research trials in the areas of biliary atresia, cholestatic liver disease, NAFLD/NASH and liver transplant.  
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West) | 832-828-1800 (Sugar Land)

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Caroyl Gilbert obtained her Associate Degree in Nursing from Houston Baptist University, Houston, Texas.  She went on to obtain her BSN and MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Nursing.  She has been a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Gastroenterology,…
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Ms. Maupin sees patients with general gastrointestinal and nutritional problems, including obesity. She is especially interested in caring for children with developmental disabilities with associated gastrointestinal concerns such as functional constipation, abdominal pain, GERD and feeding…
Phone: 832-822-3131 (Main) | 832-227-1440 (West) | 281-469-4688 (Cy-Fair)

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Nicole Triggs, MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, CPN is a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Pediatrics, Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital.  She cares for children with liver diseases in the outpatient setting at the Texas Children's Hospital…
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Weigh of Life Program Director

Dr Mikhail’s clinical and research interests are in cognitive-behavioral treatment of pediatric obesity. She runs the A Weigh of Life program at Texas Children’s Hospital, a lifestyle change program for effective weight loss in children and their families. The program has been researched in a…
Phone: 832-822-3065

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