Clinical training is at Primary Children's Hospital, a 282-bed, freestanding children's hospital located adjacent to the University of Utah Hospital with a referral area that encompasses Utah, Idaho, Nevada, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado.
Existing subspecialty clinical programs include inflammatory bowel diseases, nutritional disorders, dysphagia, feeding disorders, liver transplantation, liver disease care, and general gastrointestinal disorders.
The liver transplantation program has been in existence since 1996, and averages 15 transplantations per year. Annual volumes include ~2000 endoscopic procedures, ~7000 outpatient visits, and 500 GI service admissions/inpatient consultations.
Ongoing research programs include:
- Genetic epidemiology of inflammatory bowel disease
- Celiac disease
- Prevention of progression of polyps in familial adenomatous Polyposis syndrome
- Feeding disorders in children with special healthcare needs eosinophilic esophagitis
Research training is focused on human subject research.
Potential projects include translational science, health outcomes, health policy, and epidemiology of pediatric gastrointestinal, nutritional, and hepatic disorders in infants, children, and adolescents.
Trainees are expected to design, perform, and report a mentored scholarly project during their training. Program graduates are expected to be able to interpret and critique the majority of human subject research literature in pediatric gastroenterology.