An occasional upset stomach is just part of being a kid. But sometimes it's more serious. We're here to help with everything from the most common digestive issues to the most rare and complex illnesses.

Our Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic cares for infants, children and teens with a wide range of symptoms and disorders of the stomach, intestines, liver and pancreas. We also offer specialized treatment for many gastrointestinal (GI) conditions. These include motility disorders, which disrupt the body's normal process of moving food and fluids through the digestive system, and conditions affecting the body's ability to absorb nutrients, such as cystic fibrosis and celiac disease (in which the immune system responds to gluten ingestion by attacking the small intestine).

Our team includes doctors, nurse specialists, registered dietitians, pharmacists, therapists, pain management specialists and other providers specifically trained to care for children. We work together to give your family a precise diagnosis and develop a treatment plan tailored to your child's needs. As leaders in research and therapeutic innovation, we strive to deliver the latest and most effective treatments, whether that means a new nutritional approach to managing a chronic illness or a novel surgical technique to address an urgent condition.

At UCSF, we're proud that our pediatric gastroenterology program is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

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    Awards & recognition

    • Ranked among the nation's best in 10 specialties

    • One of the nation's best in gastroenterology & GI surgery

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    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • Insurance authorization, if required
    • Doctor's referral, if required
    • Recent test results related to your child's condition
    • List of medications, including dosages, plus any your child is allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

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    Your Stay

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    Your Child's Care Team

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    Child Life Services

    Activity rooms, pet therapy and more to help kids feel at home.

    Child Life

    Certified child life specialists ease the stress and anxiety of childhood illness through therapeutic play, schooling and family-focused support.

    Family Amenities

    Family-friendly amenities help you relax and take care of yourself while staying close to your child. We offer lounges, kitchens, showers, breastfeeding rooms and more.

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    Social Services

    Social workers ease the effect of illness, injury and hospitalization on your family with counseling and assistance to help you navigate the challenges.

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    Activity Rooms

    Activity rooms offer a relaxed environment for children of all ages. Features include a playroom, digital arts studio and teen lounge. Find out more.

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    Art Therapy

    Art therapy helps kids and families express themselves, making it easier to cope with pediatric health issues. Group and bedside services are available.

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    Music Therapy Program

    Board-certified music therapists help kids cope with illness and the feelings that come with it. Find out about group activities and bedside therapy.

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    School Program

    Our schoolroom services and individual learning programs help children hospitalized at UCSF continue their education and get ready to return to school.

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    School Re-Entry Program

    After hospitalization, we help kids return to school by educating staff and students about their needs and recommending needed accommodations. Read more.

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    Individual Playtime & Instruction

    If your child can't be around other kids for medical reasons, you can sign up for private sessions in our activity and school rooms. Find out how.

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    Interpreter Services & Communication Assistance

    Interpreter services in many languages and TDDs are available for families that need help communicating with care teams. Here's how to access them.

    Family Resource Center

    We help families cope with the challenges of childhood illness and hospitalization in a relaxing environment where parents can get a much-needed break.

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    Parent Support Program

    Weekly activities, including knitting, scrapbooking, chair massage and more, help family caregivers get a much-needed break. Find out more.

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    Patient Relations

    Patient relations reps and nursing supervisors are here to answer questions and address concerns. Learn about your rights, how to reach us and more.

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    Spiritual Care

    Chaplains help UCSF patients, families and staff cope with the spiritual and emotional challenges of childhood illness. Learn more.

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    International Services

    If you're coming to UCSF from outside the U.S., we coordinate your child's appointments and provide other helpful services. Here's how to get started.

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