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Melvin Heyman, M.D.

Pediatric gastroenterologist

Dr. Melvin B. Heyman serves as chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at UCSF. He also directs the Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition and the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at UCSF. In addition, Heyman is a professor of pediatrics supported by the Anita Ow Wing and Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Endowed Chairs. He was recently awarded the position of editor-in-chief of the Western Hemisphere for the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. He is also the co-author of Feeding Your Child for Lifelong Health (New York: Bantam Books, 1999), which was awarded the American Medical Writers Association, New England Chapter, Will Solimene Award of Excellence in Medical Communication.

Heyman's research is focused on nutrition issues, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), pancreatitis and gastroesophageal reflux disease in children. He was one of the first to reveal the importance of nutrition in sickle cell anemia. He helped develop procedures to diagnose liver-related problems in infants and new treatments for children with IBD and gastroesophageal reflux. Currently, he serves as co-chair of PRO-KIIDS, a Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) supported pediatric initiative to enhance research in pediatric IBD. He also participated in a San Francisco Board of Education Nutrition and Exercise in School Health task force to promote healthier foods in the local public schools for children in grades K-12. Since 2001, he has been instrumental in developing and maintaining a Northern California summer camp for children and adolescents with IBD.

Heyman earned a medical degree at UCLA and completed a pediatric residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed postdoctoral training in nutrition, earned a master's degree in public health, and completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at UCLA. In 1981, he joined UCSF, where he organized the pediatric nutrition support service and established protocols for pediatric gastroenterology.


Endoscopy Center
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143-0136
Phone: (415) 353-2813

Gastroenterology and Liver
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2813

IBD Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2813

Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program
400 Parnassus Ave., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (877) 762-6935

ValleyCare Specialty Clinic
5565 West Las Positas Blvd.
Pleasanton, CA 94588-4000
Phone: (925) 598-3500

Conditions & Treatments

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UCLA School of Medicine 1976


LAC/USC Medical Center, Pediatrics 1979


UCLA Medical Center, Gastroenterology and Nutrition 1981

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Thaler MM, Heyman MB. Dedicated bibliometrics: a more appropriate impact factor for specialty journals? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Oct; 57(4):413.
  2. Courtier J, Ohliger M, Rhee SJ, Terreblanche O, Heyman MB, MacKenzie JD. Shooting a moving target: use of real-time cine magnetic resonance imaging in assessment of the small bowel. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Oct; 57(4):426-31.
  3. Salazar G, Barker JC, Heyman MB. Medical students' conceptualizations of quality of life associated with children with IBD. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Oct; 57(4):493-9.
  4. Holbrook KE, White MC, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. Maternal sociodemographic characteristics and the use of the Iowa Infant Attitude Feeding Scale to describe breastfeeding initiation and duration in a population of urban, Latina mothers: a prospective cohort study. Int Breastfeed J. 2013; 8(1):7.
  5. Wojcicki JM, Geissler JD, Stokes CW, Heyman MB, Tran CT. The use of the RESPeRATE device to lower blood pressure in inner city obese adolescents and children: a pilot feasibility study. High Blood Press Cardiovasc Prev. 2013 Jun; 20(2):89-92.
  6. Ofverholm I, Tran AN, Heyman M, Zachariadis V, Nordenskjöld M, Nordgren A, Barbany G. Impact of IKZF1 deletions and PAX5 amplifications in pediatric B-cell precursor ALL treated according to NOPHO protocols. Leukemia. 2013 Sep; 27(9):1936-9.
  7. Branski D, Heyman MB. Comparison of sequential and standard therapy for Helicobacter pylori eradication in children and investigation of clarithromycin resistance: retraction. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2013 Feb; 56(2):239.
  8. Zahir N, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. No association between childcare and obesity at age 4 in low-income Latino children. Pediatr Obes. 2013 Apr; 8(2):e24-8.
  9. Saulnier DM, Ringel Y, Heyman MB, Foster JA, Bercik P, Shulman RJ, Versalovic J, Verdu EF, Dinan TG, Hecht G, Guarner F. The intestinal microbiome, probiotics and prebiotics in neurogastroenterology. Gut Microbes. 2013 Jan-Feb; 4(1):17-27.
  10. Kelley-Quon LI, Jen HC, Ziring DA, Gupta N, Kirschner BS, Ferry GD, Cohen SA, Winter HS, Heyman MB, Gold BD, Shew SB. Predictors of proctocolectomy in children with ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Nov; 55(5):534-40.
  11. Dalal DH, Patton D, Wojcicki JM, Clark AL, Garnett EA, Heyman MB. Quality of life in patients postcolectomy for pediatric-onset ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Oct; 55(4):425-8.
  12. Heyman MB, Branski D. Commentaries on "Workshop report: developing a pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases network and data platform in Canada": international networking in pediatric gastroenterology research: advancing science and medicine with collaborative efforts. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Aug; 55(2):121.
  13. Wojcicki JM, Schwartz N, Jiménez-Cruz A, Bacardi-Gascon M, Heyman MB. Acculturation, dietary practices and risk for childhood obesity in an ethnically heterogeneous population of Latino school children in the San Francisco bay area. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Aug; 14(4):533-9.
  14. Wojcicki JM, Jimenez-Cruz A, Bacardi-Gascon M, Schwartz N, Heyman MB. Bimodal distribution of risk for childhood obesity in urban Baja California, Mexico. J Urban Health. 2012 Aug; 89(4):628-38.
  15. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Reducing childhood obesity by eliminating 100% fruit juice. Am J Public Health. 2012 Sep; 102(9):1630-3.
  16. Pak S, Holland N, Garnett EA, Mileti E, Mahadevan U, Beckert R, Kanwar B, Heyman MB. Cytokine profiles in peripheral blood of children and adults with Crohn disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Jun; 54(6):769-75.
  17. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB. Adolescent nutritional awareness and use of food labels: results from the National Nutrition Health and Examination Survey. BMC Pediatr. 2012; 12:55.
  18. Courtier JL, Perito ER, Rhee S, Tsai P, Heyman MB, MacKenzie JD. Targeted MRI contrast agents for pediatric hepatobiliary disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Apr; 54(4):454-62.
  19. Hutfless S, Li DK, Heyman MB, Bayless TM, Abramson O, Herrinton LJ. Prenatal and perinatal characteristics associated with pediatric-onset inflammatory bowel disease. Dig Dis Sci. 2012 Aug; 57(8):2149-56.
  20. Nattiv R, Wojcicki JM, Garnett EA, Gupta N, Heyman MB. High-dose infliximab for treatment of pediatric ulcerative colitis: a survey of clinical practice. World J Gastroenterol. 2012 Mar 21; 18(11):1229-34.

Publications are derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and provided by UCSF Profiles, a service of the Clinical & Translational Science Institute (CTSI) at UCSF. Researchers can make corrections and additions to their publications by logging on to UCSF Profiles.