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Samra S. Blanchard, MD

Academic Title:

Adjunct Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:


Administrative Title:

Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs

Additional Title:

Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology



Phone (Primary):

(410) 328-1070

Phone (Secondary):

(410) 328-0812



Education and Training

M.D.: Istanbul University, Faculty of Medicine ( 1984-1990)

Residency: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1991-1994)

Chief Resident: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1994-1995)

Fellowship: Cleveland Clinic Foundation (1995-1998)


I completed my pediatric and pediatric gastroenterology training in Cleveland Clinc Foundation where my main focus was Inflammatory Bowel Disease and surgical quality outcomes. When I joined Rainbow Babies and Children Hospital, there was a need to build pediatric liver transplant program and I participated in that role before I joined University of Maryland. My current interest is integrative gastroenterology in managment of chronic abdominal pain and gluten related disorders.

Research/Clinical Keywords

celiac disease, integrative gastroenterlogy

Highlighted Publications

Nedrud JG. Blanchard SS. Czinn SJ. Helicobacter pylori inflammation and immunity. Helicobacter. 7 Suppl 1:24-9, 2002.

Alexander F, Sarigol S, Difiore J, Stallion A, Cotman K, Lyk Hdzinski B, Fazio V. Fate of the pouch in 151 pediatric patients after ileal pouch anal anastomosis. J Pediatr Surg. 38(1):78-82, 2003.

Chelimsky G, Blanchard S, Sivit C, Davis I, Czinn S. Pneumatosis intestinalis and diarrhea in a child following renal transplantation. Pediatr Transplant. 7(3):236-9, 2003.

Blanchard SS, Gerrek M, Czinn SJ,  Chelimsky G, SeamanD, Siegel C, Splawski J. Protein Sensitivity With Partial Villous Atrophy after Pediatric Liver Transplantation with Tacrolimus Immunosuppression. Pediatr Transplant. 2006 Jun;10(4):529-32.

Blanchard SS, Chelimsky G, Czinn SJ, Redline R, Splawski. Pyogenic Granuloma of the colon in children. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2006 Jul;43(1):119-121.

Blanchard SS, GerrekM, Siegel C, Czinn SJ. Significant morbidity associated with RSV infection in immunosuppressed children following liver transplantation: Case Report and discussion regarding need of routine prophylaxis. Pediatr Transplant. 2006 Nov;10(7):826-9

Gisser JM, Blanchard SS, Parry RL, Redline RW, Chelimsky G. A rare cause of upper gastrointestinal bleding in children:Gastric Schwannoma. Current Pediatric Reviews 2009;5:52-55

Pawlikowska L, Strautnieks S, Jankowska I, Emerick K, Antoniou A, Wanty C, Fischler B, Jacquemin E, Wali S, Blanchard S, Nielsen IM et al. Differences in presentation and progression between severe FIC1 and BSEP deficiencies. Journal of Hepatology 2010;53:170-8

Gelfond D, Blanchard S, Malkani A. Pneumatosis intestinalis: a rare presentation of Crohn’s disease exacerbation. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2011;52:225-6.

Czinn SJ, Blanchard S. Gastroesophageal disease in neonates and infants: When and How to treat. January 2013. Paediatric Drugs 2013; 15(1).19-27

Rawal N, Twaddell W, Fasano A, Blanchard S, Safta A. Remission of refractory celiac disease with infliximab in a pediatric patient. ACG Case Rep J. 2015 Jan 16;2(2):121-3.

Shannon A, Eng K, Kay M, Blanchard S, Wyllie R, Mahajan L, Worley S, Lavery I, Fazio V. Long-term follow up of ileal pouch anal anastomosis in a large cohort of pediatric and young adult patients with ulcerative colitis. J Pediatr Surg. 2016 Jul;51(7):1181-6.

Awards and Affiliations

American College of Gastroenterology Outstanding Service Award as Chair of Pediatric Gastroenterology Committee (2014-2017)