Research in Pediatric Gastroenterology

We have active clinical and basic science research efforts aimed at developing innovative ways to improve care for children with gastrointestinal disorders. Increased clinical research in pediatric gastroenterology is critical and we aim to be leaders in this area. Because fewer children suffer from gastrointestinal diseases than adults, it is generally necessary to have multicenter studies of these disorders. We participate in a pediatric liver transplant national registry of children who have undergone liver transplantation and a national registry of children with severe, sudden liver failure. We are also initiating a medication trial in children with liver disease related to excessive fat storage in the liver - steatohepatitis.

Our basic science research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health and other agencies. We have one of the best funded pediatric gastroenterology basic science research programs in the country. Areas of ongoing research include the regulation and function of gastrointestinal hormones, regulation of muscle activity within the intestine, pancreatitis, development of the nerves of the gut, and and Bioengineering of Internal Anal Sphincter (IAS) and Colon.  

Maclovio James Lopez, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Lopez's research interests include Pediatric Liver Transplantation.Pediatric Liver Disease, Drug-induced hepatotoxicity, Immunization in the transplant patient, acute liver failure, and medical adherence.

Dr. Maclovio's Michigan Experts page.

Jeremy Adler, M.D., M.Sc.

Dr. Adler's research interests include pediatric inflammatory bowel disease and noninvasive imaging techniques to quantify fibrotic content of intestinal strictures in Crohn's disease. He is working on developing better predictive models of disease behavior to improve our ability to provide custom personalized medical care for pediatric Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

Dr. Adler's Laboratory     Dr. Adler's Pubmed search results   Dr. Adler's Michigan Experts page 

Chris J. Dickinson, M.D.

Dr. Dickinson's research interests include gastrointestinal hormones, particularly gastrin.

Dr. Dickinson's Michigan Experts page


Current Fellows

Vanessa Cardenas, M.D.

Medical School: University of Michigan Medical School 

Residency: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Hospitalization patterns in pediatric IBD and IBD QI.

Tina Morhardt, M.D.

Medical School: Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University)

Residency: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Exploring broad interests in GI and considering basic research

Andrew Singer, M.D.

Medical School: Wayne State University

Residency: University of Michigan

Research Interests: Fistulizing Crohn’s disease, prognostic predictors in eosinophilic esophagitis, medical education.

Emily Whitfield, M.D.

Medical School: University of Massachusetts

Residency: University of Michigan (Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics)

Research Interests: IBD, transition of young adults from pediatric to adult care, psychosocial aspects of gastrointestinal disease.

Kathryn Williams, D.O.

Medical School: University of Pikeville Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine

Residency: Dayton Children’s Hospital  

Research Interests: IBD, Risk communication