Newswise — Ivor Hill, MD, MB, ChB, DCH, FCP(SA), FAAP, pediatric gastroenterologist, has been named medical director of the Celiac Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Hill, who joined the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s last month, will also serve as Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. He comes to Nationwide Children’s from Wake Forest University and Brenner Children’s Hospital in N.C. where he served as Section Chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and was Professor of Pediatrics & Internal Medicine/Gastroenterology.

One of the leading clinicians and researchers in childhood celiac disease, Dr. Hill has been instrumental in raising awareness of the disease in the United States. Notably, he was the chair of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) committee that developed the first evidence-based guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease in children.

“We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Hill join our team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital,” said Carlo Di Lorenzo, MD, chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s. “As an internationally recognized celiac disease specialist, Dr. Hill’s expertise further develops our established celiac disease program.”

Dr. Hill’s clinical and research interests include multiple gastrointestinal diseases, focusing on celiac disease in children. His research specialties include infants with chronic diarrhea, effects of glutamine deficiency, A-gliadin peptide toxicity in the pathogenesis of celiac disease and the epidemiology of celiac disease.

"Dr. Hill is a leading national expert on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders in children," says John Barnard, MD, president of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition and Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Pediatrics at The Ohio State University." We are indeed fortunate to have recruited him to Nationwide Children's Hospital to begin a new, comprehensive clinical program for children and their families affected by celiac disease.”

Dr. Hill attended medical school and received his Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Cape Town Medical School in South Africa. He received his graduate medical education at Addington Hospital in Durban, South Africa, and Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital in Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Since 2003, he has consistently been listed in “America’s Top Doctors,” “America’s Top Pediatricians,” “Best Doctors in America,” “Guide to America’s Top Gastroenterologists” and “Who’s Who in Medical Science Education.”

He has chaired multiple NASPGHAN committees and in 2011 received their Distinguished Service Award. He has also served on multiple executive boards within the American Academy of Pediatrics, NASPGHAN and the NASPGHAN Foundation. He is also a member of the American Board of Pediatrics Sub-board of Pediatric Gastroenterology. He has authored numerous studies on pediatric diseases and celiac disease. He currently serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition and the Journal of Pediatrics.

About the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children’s Ranked consistently as a top 10 digestive disorders program by U.S.News & World Report, the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition provides comprehensive patient care for a broad range of gastrointestinal, liver and nutritional problems. With more than $5 million in external research funding relating to gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Nationwide Children’s is a national leader in the generation of new knowledge relating to these fields. The GI program has a long history of contributions to laboratory, clinical and translational research, and continues to be on the cutting edge of research in a broad array of areas.

The Celiac Disease Center, one of the GI Division’s signature programs, provides comprehensive care to children with celiac disease, as well as their families. The goal of the center is to offer accurate and timely diagnosis, educate families on dietary changes necessary for treatment, and provide ongoing care for optimal health and wellbeing. The diverse, multidisciplinary team includes pediatric gastroenterologists, endocrinologists, pathologists, pharmacologists, nutritionists, nurse practitioners, nurses and social workers. Groundbreaking quality improvement initiatives are a cornerstone of the Celiac Disease Center. Quality and outcome tracking help provide the best possible care, and advance understanding and treatment of celiac disease.

Watch a video of Dr. Ivor Hill discussing the Celiac Disease Center at Nationwide Children’s.

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