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Professor of Pediatrics Program Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology

Education and Training

Medical School: Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Lima, Peru

Residency: SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY, Pediatrics

Chief Residency: Children’s Hospital at State University of New York Downstate Medical Center

Fellowship: The University of Toronto, The Hospital for Sick Children, Pediatric Gastroenterology

Procedures and Research

Endoscopy; colonoscopy; percutaneous gastrostomy; and percutaneous liver biopsy.Cr+LfCr+LfI have a long-standing interest on the effects of chronic intestinal inflammation on growth, bone and muscle in children. My studies focus on children with inflammatory bowel diseases (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis). I collaborate with investigators at UNC and across the country. My research has revealed that children with Crohn’s disease have significant deficits of bone mass and muscle mass at the time of diagnosis, and that these deficits largely persist 2-years post diagnosis, despite a decrease in symptoms and improved weight gain. I perform studies in human samples and in the basic science laboratory to arrive to mechanisms that explain these observations.




Francisco Sylvester, MD