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.

Clinical Programs

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:

  • Liver transplantation – SPLIT Registry
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis – KL2 funding, PSC Partners
  • Cystic fibrosis – CF Foundation
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis – Utah EoE database, PCH Foundation 
  • Pediatric Pancreatitis – NIH INSPPIRE
  • Pediatric IBD – NIH
  • Pediatric Genomics – NIH
  • Noninvasive reflux monitoring – NSF
  • Childhood Liver Disease Research Network: NIH

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.


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Program Coordinator:
Ashley Boyington

Email: ashley.boyington@hsc.utah.edu

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