Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center

Families from around the world come to Boston Children’s Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders Center for answers to their child’s discomfort. These issues range from gastroesophageal reflux and constipation to Hirschprung's disease, pseudo-obstruction and achalasia.

Our world-renowned team of doctors and specialists conducts advanced GI motility testing and provides comprehensive personalized treatment plans that give patients and their families the answers and relief they have been seeking. Learn more about the GI motility conditions we treat.

We are the only GI motility center in the country that offers a unique combination of programs covering all facets of motility and functional GI disorders. This means that we are able to treat not only your child’s condition but also the related symptoms that occur as a result, such as breathing issues, sleep disorders, continence issues and abdominal pain. In most cases, patients can meet with multiple specialists in one day, without leaving the center. Learn more:

GI motility disorders: Why choose Boston Children’s Hospital

  • Highest ranked programs in the country: Boston Children’s Hospital is continually ranked #1, according to U.S.News & World Report.
  • One of the only medicine-based GI motility centers in the United States.: While we collaborate with our world-renowned surgical colleagues when necessary, our GI motility team focuses on the bio-psychosocial model: highly precise testing, medicines and therapies that are alternatives to surgery or complement surgical treatments.
  • Long-term approach to care: We remain involved in the care of your child well beyond the visit to Boston Children’s. We want to see your child return to a more normal life.
  • World-renowned specialists: Our GI motility specialists are leaders in testing, treatment and research. They provide education to health care professionals, families and the public and are working to train the next generation of motility specialists. Meet our GI motility team.
  • Convenient and comprehensive care: Our patients can see multiple specialists in one visit, without having to leave the Center. We are also one of the only GI Motility centers in the country that has a dedicated functional abdominal pain specialist on its team.
  • Biopsychosocial approach: Our GI motility team, including a child psychologist, dietitian and social worker, addresses all aspects of a child’s well-being, including diet, daily function, emotional health and school reintegration to improve their quality of life in every way possible.
  • Advanced GI motility testing: Advanced techniques for GI motility testing at Boston Children’s include procedures that help doctors better understand your child’s symptoms. Many of these tests, such as prolonged manometry and high-resolution manometry, are only offered in a handful of hospitals around the world.
  • Personalized treatment plans: Our GI motility specialists provide comprehensive therapeutic plans for patients. These plans may include medications, nutrition, behavior modification, surgery and endoscopic or experimental therapy.
  • Groundbreaking GI motility research: Each member of our GI motility team is also an accomplished researcher who has spent years studying the many symptoms and treatments of motility disorders. Learn more about our promising GI motility research and clinical trials.

Make an appointment

For an appointment, more information or to obtain a second opinion for your child, please contact the Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center at 617-355-6055 or request an appointment online.