Dr. Alice C. Huang is a pediatric gastroenterologist who cares for patients with neurological conditions affecting the digestive system and its motility (ability to move food through the body). Her expertise encompasses disorders of the gut-brain axis, such as irritable bowel syndrome and functional dyspepsia (chronic indigestion), as well as gastroparesis (delayed stomach emptying), chronic constipation, encopresis (involuntarily leaking stool) and achalasia (difficulty passing food through the esophagus).
Huang's research focuses on using new technologies to enhance monitoring and treatment of common pediatric gastroenterological conditions, as well as education about them. One of her field's first virtual reality applications in treatment, her breathing training program for children with functional constipation and pelvic floor dyssynergia (when the pelvic floor muscles can't work correctly to pass bowel movements) has won multiple awards, including grants from the Stanford Medicine Maternal and Child Health Research Institute and North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is also passionate about increasing awareness of pediatric digestive conditions and improving her patients' quality of life through the Increasing Diversity through Education Across Literature (IDEAL) project, a series of children's books featuring a main character who has a rare pediatric gastrointestinal condition. Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford recognized IDEAL with an Auxiliaries Endowment grant, supporting publication of the first book of the series.
Huang earned her medical degree at Albany Medical College. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Nicklaus Children's Hospital, a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford and an advanced fellowship in gastrointestinal motility at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.