Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Based in Sacramento at the UC Davis Children's Hospital, the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition specialists provide medical care and treatment for children and their families throughout Northern California. We diagnose and manage gastrointestinal (digestive) disorders and nutritional problems in infants and children. Our team of physicians, nurses, nutritionists, and dieticians use a comprehensive, multidisciplinary treatment approach for these disorders, including when they result from from other diseases.
- Pediatric gastroesophageal reflux
- Recurrent abdominal pain
- Diarrheal disorders
- Constipation encopresis
- Malabsorptive conditions - food cannot pass properly from the small intestine to the rest of the body (celiac disease)
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Crohn's disease
- Peptic ulcer disease
- Biliary tract disease
- Inherited metabolic and immunological defects involving the intestine
- Pediatric liver disease
- Eosinophilic esophagitis and GI allergy
- Allergic enteropathy
- Intestinal failure
- Short bowel syndrome
Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, David Kawatu, specializes in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in children. He joined the UC Davis faculty from Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was associate director of pediatric gastroenterology and director of the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship training program. Dr. Kawatu specializes in treating conditions such as abdominal pain, gastrointestinal reflux disease, Crohn's disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, and celiac disease. He also specializes in rehabilitating children who are malnourished and treating children who require gastrointestinal feeding tubes and intravenous nutrition. He completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Zambia School of Medicine in Lusaka, Zambia, and both interned and earned a master’s degree in community health and epidemiology at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada.
Other faculty members from the UC Davis division of General Pediatrics who also provide patient care and clinical research are Ian Griffin, M.D., who is an expert in pediatric nutrition expert and has published research on topics such as nutrient-enriched formula, nutrition of pre-term infants after hospital discharge, and magnesium retention in 12- to 48-month-old children. Ulfat Shaikh, M.D., director of healthcare quality integration at the UC Davis School of Medicine, leads projects that include pediatric nutrition and obesity.
To contact us for medical referrals or to schedule a clinic appointment for your child, please call us at 916-734-3750.