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Pediatric Gastroenterology specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents with disorders involving the gastrointestinal tract (GI), including the esophagus, stomach, intestine tract, liver, and pancreas. Our providers perform an extensive range of related diagnostic and therapeutic procedures, provide nutrition consultations, and care for children before and after liver transplants. Our clinician-scientists perform progressive, ground-breaking research into conditions, such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and are committed to training outstanding future pediatric gastroenterologists. A commitment to clinical care, research, and education allows our provider so offer increasingly state-of-the-art treatment for patients while looking to the future to advance our discipline.


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  • Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH

    Researchers Announce Findings from Landmark Clinical Trial for Pediatric Crohn’s Disease

    Michael Kappelman, MD, MPH, was the lead PI on the clinical trial, which followed nearly 300 children with Crohn’s to evaluate how their conditions changed in response to anti-TNF biologic treatments alone or in combination with a second immune suppressive medication.

  • Erica Brenner, MD

    Welcome New Physician Faculty: Erica J. Brenner, MD MSCR

    Dr. Erica Brenner joined the Department of Pediatrics as an Assistant Professor is the Division of Gastroenterology on July 1, 2022. Dr. Brenner received her MD from SUNY Upstate Medical University in 2015. She also received a Master of Clinical Research Degree from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in 2021. Dr. Brenner completed her Pediatric Residency in 2018 and her Fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology in 2020, both at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. She completed an Advanced Inflammatory Bowel Disease Fellowship at UNC-Chapel Hill in 2022. Welcome Erica!

  • Jessica Owens, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

    Welcome New Clinical Provider: Jessica Owens, MSN, RN, CPNP-PC

    Jessica Owens joined Pediatric Gastroenterology on October 18th. Ms. Owens received her BSN from Queens Univeristy of Charlotte – Presbyterian School of Nursing in 2013 and went on to completed her MSN at the Duke University School of Nursing in 2018. Beginning in 2013, she worked for 6 years as a nurse on a variety of services at Duke University Medical Center.  Since 2019, she has worked as Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner at Growing Child Pediatrics in Clayton, NC.  Welcome Jessica!

  • Sharmistha Rudra, MD

    Welcome New Physician Faculty: Sharmistha Rudra, MD

    Dr. Rudra joined the Pediatrics Division of Gastroenterology as faculty on October 4, 2021. Dr. Rudra received her BS from Duke University in 2010 and her MD from the University of Texas School of Medicine in San Antonio in 2015. She completed her pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia in 2018. Dr. Rudra has just recently completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Welcome Sharmisthai!