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Digestive System

Every child gets a tummy ache or the flu once in awhile, but ongoing symptoms such as stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, or poor growth may be cause for concern. Unlike adults, children are still growing, so it’s important to see someone with special training and expertise in pediatric digestive problems.

Care from a Specialist

A pediatric gastroenterologist is a doctor who specializes in digestive system disorders affecting infants, children, and adolescents. University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is home to the most comprehensive gastroenterology service in Eastern Iowa and offers expert diagnosis and care for children with stomach, intestinal, and liver disorders.

  • Abdominal pain
  • Celiac disease
  • Crohn's disease
  • Congenital bowel dysfunction
  • Congenital liver disorders
  • Constipation and soiling
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeding, growth and nutritional problems
  • Gastrointestinal bleeding
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Indigestion
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Hepatitis
  • Pancreatitis
  • Peptic ulcers
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Vomiting

We believe parents and family members know their children best, so at UI Children’s Hospital, you’re an equal partner on the pediatric health care team. We listen to you and your child so that we can work together to improve your child’s health and well-being.

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Patient Stories

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Nate Beat All the Odds

There was a strong possibility that Nate wouldn’t live past a few months old, but UI Children’s never treated him that way. He’s past 10 now.Read more about Nate’s story.

Christopher and Aly

Rare Disease Leads to Rare Friendship

Aly and Christopher share a special bond. Both have spent hundreds of days in the hospital due to severe cases of severe cases of Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).Learn more about their stories.


Video Lessons from Our Patients and Physicians

The following videos feature our pediatric digestive health specialists and several patients who have benefited from our specialized care.

  • Celiac Disease
    Celiac disease is a sensitivity to gluten, a protein found in wheat, rye, barley, and many common processed foods such as pasta, breading, broth, and soy sauce.
  • Crohn’s Disease Series
    Warren Bishop, MD, speaks about treating Lottie Staggs for Crohn's Disease at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
  • Crohn's Disease: A Teenager's Perspective
    Lottie Staggs speaks about Crohn's Disease and receiving treatment at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
  • Crohn's Disease: A Mother's Perspective
    Jody Staggs, mother of Lottie Staggs, speaks about Lottie receiving treatment for Crohn's Disease at University of Iowa Children's Hospital.
  • Hirschsprung’s Disease: UI Children's Hospital Kid Captain 2010 Nate Fisher
    When Nate Fisher was born at University of Iowa Children's Hospital in December 1999, his parents, Brian and Kristi, were as happy as any mom and dad could be. Their first child was a full-term baby boy who appeared perfectly healthy. After 12 hours, however, "something wasn't right," Kristi says.

Locations and Contact

Coralville, Iowa

UI Hospitals and Clinics - Iowa River Landing
105 East 9th Street
Coralville, Iowa 52241

Parking: Free parking


Monday through Friday
8 am to 5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-467-2000
  • Toll Free: 855-467-3700

Iowa City, Iowa

UI Children's Hospital
Pediatric Specialty Clinic
200 Hawkins Drive, 2400 Colloton Pavilion
Iowa City, Iowa 52242

Parking: Parking and Wayfinding. Valet Services Available
In House Directions: Elevator F, Level 2.


Monday through Friday
8 am-5 pm


  • Appointment: 319-356-2229
  • Emergency: 319-356-1616
  • Toll Free: 888-573-KIDS (5437)

Bettendorf, Iowa

University of Iowa Children's Hospital - Pediatric Specialty Services
Located at Genesis Health Group
865 Lincoln Road, Suite 500
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722


  • Appointment: 855-543-2884 (855 KID AT UI)

Davenport, Iowa

Genesis West
Pavilion 2, Suite 4300
Davenport, Iowa 52804


  • Phone: 563-421-0406

Dubuque, Iowa

Mercy Medical Center
250 Mercy Drive
Dubuque, Iowa 52001


  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Mason City, Iowa

Mercy Pediatric & Adolescent Clinic
910 North Eisenhower
Mason City, Iowa 50401


  • Phone: 877-891-5350

Waterloo, Iowa

Northeast Iowa Medical Education Foundation, Inc
2055 Kimball Avenue
Waterloo, Iowa 50702


  • Phone: 877-891-5350

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