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Cincinnati Digestive Health Center

The Digestive Health Center is located within Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and serves as a University of Cincinnati Academic Health Center resource to foster pediatric digestive disease research and make significant discoveries to restore digestive health.

Our Mission

To promote research that will yield insights into the fundamental processes and pathogenic mechanisms of digestive disease in children and generate innovative treatment to restore digestive health.

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The long-term goal of the Cincinnati Digestive Health Center is to improve child health through better diagnosis, treatments and outcomes in our four focus areas including:

Full Members

Bruce J. Aronow, PhD
Artem Barski, PhD
Jorge A. Bezerra, MD
Jason T. Blackard, PhD
John C. Bucuvalas, MD
Lee (Ted) A. Denson, MD
Senad Divanovic, PhD
Fred Finkelman, MD
Chandrashekhar Gandhi, PhD
Michael Helmrath, MD
James E. Heubi, MD
Kasper Hoebe, PhD
Simon P. Hogan, PhD
Kevin A. Hommel, PhD
David Y. Hui, PhD
Stacey S. Huppert, PhD
Thomas H. Inge, MD, PhD
Xi (Jason) Jiang, PhD
Heidi Kalkwarf, PhD
Leah C. Kottyan, PhD
Alex B. Lentsch, PhD
Min Liu, PhD
Bryan Mackenzie, PhD
Alexander G. Miethke, MD
Marshall (Chip) H. Montrose, PhD
Ardythe L. Morrow, PhD
Anjaparvanda P. Naren, PhD
Joseph S. Palumbo, MD
S. Steven Potter, PhD
William M. Ridgway, MD
Marc E. Rothenberg, MD, PhD
Kenneth Sherman, MD, PhD
Lori J. Stark, PhD, ABPP
Gregory M. Tiao, MD
Nikolai Timchenko, PhD
Patrick Tso, PhD
Yvonne Ulrich-Lai, PhD
Susan E. Waltz, PhD
Yui-Hsi Wang, PhD
Alison A. Weiss, PhD
James Wells, PhD
David P. Witte, MD
Stephen C. Woods, PhD
Roger T. Worrell, PhD
Stavra Xanthakos, MD, MS
Yana Zavros, PhD
Margaret H. Zeller, PhD
Basilia Zingarelli, MD, PhD
Aaron M. Zorn, PhD
Stephen D. Zucker, MD

Associate Members

Eitaro Aihara, PhD
Theresa Alenghat, PhD
William F. Balistreri, MD
Sandip Bhattacharyya, PhD
Sang-Wook Cha, PhD
Matthew J. Flick, PhD
Patricia Fulkerson, MD, PhD
Yael Haberman Ziv, MD, PhD
David B. Haslam, MD
Christian I Hong
Rajat Madan, MBBS, PhD
Maxime Mahe, PhDLisa J. Martin, PhD
Phillip Minar, MD
Takahis Nakamura, PhD
Joseph J. Palermo, MD, PhD
Diego Perez-Tilve, PhD,
Michael Rosen
Mohamed T. Shata, MD, PhD,
Soona Shin, PhD
Pranavkumar Shivakumar, PhD
Kris A. Steinbrecher, PhD
Takanori Takebe, MD
Sing Sing Way, MD, PhD
Tmothy Weaver, PhDSusanne I. Wells, PhD
Ting Wen, PhD
Bruce R. Yacyshyn, MD
Chunyue Yin, PhD
Yi Zheng, PhD
Nives Zimmermann, MD

Cynthia Wetzel, PhD
CenterManager, Digestive Health Center
Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue, ML 2010
Cincinnati, OH 45229
Email: cynthia.wetzel@cchmc.org
Phone: 513-636-9605


Jorge A. Bezerra, M.D.
William and Rebecca Balistreri Chair of Pediatric Hepatology
Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Digestive Health Center
Director, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Medical Director, Pediatric Liver Care Center
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Email: jorge.bezerra@cchmc.org