Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition advances the treatment of pediatric gastrointestinal and liver disorders through the coordinated efforts of its patient careresearch and educational activities. Internationally recognized for its expertise in transplantation, gastroenterology and nutrition, the division’s clinical program at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford cares for more than 10,000 patients each year, making it one of the largest programs in the country. As part of an academic medical center, researchers and clinicians continually work together to advance the standard of care. Exploring the molecular and genetic origins of conditions ranging from GI infections to transplant rejection, they transform their findings into the most advanced diagnostics, drug therapies and procedures available today.

                                                                                                                                                                Sohail Z. Husain, M.D.
                                                                                                                                                             Professor and Chief
                                                                                                                                                            Click here to view my Profile Video!

Our Mission

To heal children with digestive disease through innovation

We provide comprehensive GI care to children throughout our region. We lead global destination programs that deliver highly specialized care and train the next generation of pediatric gastroenterologists.  We inspire hope through innovation.  Our high quality, collaborative care is driven by cutting-edge research and active partnerships between doctors, nurses, and staff at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, scientists at Stanford University, and patient families.  Together, we are changing the lives of children today and shaping care for tomorrow.

Latest News

A New High-Impact Scientific Paper from the Husain Lab! 

The paper is the first to implicate the unexpected finding of a beneficial role for the micronutrient Vitamin A, found in carrots, in preventing the life-threatening, painful inflammatory disorder of the pancreas called pancreatitis. Almost half a million Americans develop pancreatitis each year, and one in ten of them are children. The study originates from the research laboratory of Dr. Sohail Husain, MD, who serves as the Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Stanford Medicine Children’s Hospital and the Chambers-Okamura Endowed Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Stanford University. Dr. Husain’s team found that in children who developed acute pancreatitis as an adverse event due to the crucial anti-leukemia drug called asparaginase, several lines of evidence led the researchers to discover that children with asparaginase-associated pancreatitis who serendipitously took Vitamin A as a medicine were protected against pancreatitis. The studies included screening millions of sets of large data from the FDA and patient electronic health records and utilizing two independent patient cancer registries. Laboratory studies using pancreas cells and other related models of the disease confirmed that Vitamin A was lower with asparaginase exposure and, therefore, indicated a benefit to supplementation. Further clinical trials are needed to evaluate whether dietary Vitamin A or supplementation is ideal, the regimen to give, and the mechanism of benefit for pancreatitis prevention, and whether the results are generalizable, as the researchers’ data suggest, to a broad host of pancreatitis causes or other inflammatory conditions that are similar to pancreatitis. However, this is the first set of studies to link the potential nutritional intervention of Vitamin A to pancreas health and disease prevention.

The studies were performed in a highly collaborative manner. Along with Dr. Husain on the study is co-senior author Dr. Anil Jegga from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. The first author of the study is a senior scientist at Stanford in the Husain Lab, Dr. Olivia Tsai. The additional co-authors are collaborators from other institutions, including the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Rutgers University, CHU Sainte-Justine (in Montreal), University of Pittsburg, and Columbia University.


We are excited to share the launch of our Center for Pediatric IBD & Celiac Disease made possible by a $70 million dollar donation. Click here to learn more! 

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Clinical Care in the News

Read about Maya, a patient who underwent a liver transplant for biliary atresia. Dr. Leina Alrabadi is quoted.


Lucile Packard Children's Hospital continues to be named in the Top 10 Children's hospitals in the nation and the only one in Northern California, to be named on the 2022 - 2023 U.S. News and World Report 'Best Children's Hospitals' Honor roll.

Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatolgy & Nutrition at Stanford was named #13 in the nation. We are proud of this acheivement!


We would like to welcome a few new faculty members who will be joining our division soon!

Dr. Jennifer Woo Baidal will be starting with us as an Associate Professor with tenure in August of 2024! Dr. Woo Baidal is coming from Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She will also be serving as the Associate Chair of Clinical Research in the Department of Pediatrics and the School of Medicine. 

Dr. Andrew Liman will be starting with us as a Clinical Assistant Professor in August of 2024. Dr. Liman will be completing his fellowship within our very own division at Stanford University. Dr. Liman will also be serving as our GI Clinical lead for the Exocrine Pancreas Porgram and for Cystic Fibrosis. Additionally, Dr. Liman will be serving as our medical director for TPIAT at Stanford Medicine Children's Health. 

Dr. Kanak Kennedy will be starting with us as a Clinical Assistant Professor in Septemeber of 2024. Dr. Kennedy will be completing her fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia this summer! 

We are excited that each of you have chosen to join us in these exciting roles!