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Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Hepatology

The Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition Division offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient and laboratory services to evaluate and treat infants, children and adolescents with gastrointestinal, liver and pancreatic disorders.


Patient Conditions: Gastoesophageal reflux, Dysfunctional swallowing, Failure to thrive, inflammatory bowel disease, Peptic ulcer disease, Malabsorption, Pancreatic disorders, Neonatal jaundice, Chronic Liver Disease, Acute and chronic diarrhea, Constipation, Recurrent abdominal pain, Feeding disorders (eosinophilic esophagitis, autism), Eosinophilic gastroenteropathy, Celiac Disease

Comprehensive Evaluations: Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopic procedures, Breath analysis for detecting carbohydrate Malabsorption and bacterial overgrowth, 24-hour pH probe study, Manometry.

Appointments: Referring PCPs can fax information to include diagnosis, growth chart, labs/test reports and patient demographics to 410-328-1072. If the referral is urgent, PCPs should please call 410-328-6950 (this number is for PCPs only, not patients!)


  • Samra Blanchard, M.D.
    Associate Professor; Division Head, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Pediatric Gastroenterology Fellowship Director
    Special interest: Children with Liver Disease; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Pediatric Endoscopy
  • Steven J. Czinn, M.D.
    Professor and Chair, Pediatrics
    Special interest: Mucosal Immunology; Gastrointestinal Infections; Helicobacter Pylori; Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Loretta Gore – Harvey, M.S., RD, LDN
    Pediatric Nutritionist
    Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Howard Kader, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Special Interest: Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Eosinophilic Esophagitis and other infectious and Noninfectious Intestinal Mucosal Inflammatory Disease Process
  • Anjali Malkani, M.D.
    Assistant Professor; Director of Pediatric Nutrition
    Special Interest: Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Feeding Disorders and Failure to Thrive; Reflux Disease; Constipation and Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Home TPN
  • Jay Perman, M.D.
    Professor; President; University of Maryland Baltimore
    Special Interest: General Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.
  • Anca Safta, M.D.
    Assistant Professor: Director of Pediatric Endoscopy
    Special Interest: Capsule Endoscopy and Advanced Endoscopical Techniques
  • Elsie Stines, CRNP
    Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
    Special Interest: Pediatric Gastroenterology; Failure to Thrive; Inflammatory Bowel Disease; Constipation/Encoprisis
  • Runa D. Watkins, M.D. 
  • Assistant Professor
  • Shamila Zawahir, M.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Special Interest: Motility, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nutrition


  • Erica Binnie, RN
  • Alexandra Carter, RN
  • Margaret Martin, RN
  • Allison Wood, RN


Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
22 S. Greene Street, Rm N5W70
Baltimore, MD 21201
410-328-0812 (academic office)
410-328-6749 (appointment line)
410-879-7730 (Upper Chesapeake)
410-553-8570 (Baltimore Washington Medical Center)
410-367-2222 /Option 0 (Mt Washington Pediatrics)

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