Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center | Meet our Team

Boston Children’s Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal (GI) Disorders Center is one of only a few clinics nationally to provide complete coordination among a team of GI motility, colorectal, functional abdominal pain and aerodigestive experts. Patients and their families can see many of these specialists in one visit—a fact that sets us apart from most other GI and motility programs.

Meet the GI Motility Team at Boston Children’s Hospital

Each GI motility team member has many years of experience researching and treating various gastrointestinal motility disorders—often specializing in specific symptoms or treatments. This means that we are able to offer a highly customized approach to treatment for all of our patients, leading to the best outcomes possible.

Spotlight on Dr. Samuel Nurko

 

Boston Children’s Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Center is led by Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH, an internationally recognized expert in motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders. The fact that he is at the forefront of his field, coupled with his warm and easy-going demeanor, immediately puts people at ease. Perhaps that's why children and parents alike find him so easy to talk to when it comes to gastrointestinal and bowel disorders.

"Although some of the issues kids have and the procedures we perform can be embarrassing for kids," says Dr. Nurko, "once they realize they're not the only ones with these problems, they quickly open up."

Putting patients and their parents at ease can also be attributed to Dr. Nurko's patient-centered approach. He and his team work with the entire family to find the best treatment options for that particular child. One of the most important parts of any visit, he says, is to listen specifically to the child's concerns— not just the parents'— and to help the child and the family get back to normal daily functioning.

Samuel Nurko

Samuel Nurko, MD, MPH

Director, Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Director, Functional Abdominal Pain Program, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Alejandro Flores, MD

Alejandro Flores, MD

Director and Chair, Ambulatory Community Services; Associate Physician, Motility and Gastrointestinal Disorders, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Leonel Rodriquez

Leonel Rodriguez, MD, MS

Director, Colorectal Program, Co-Director, Colorectal and Pelvic Malformation Center, Assistant in Pediatrics, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Rachel Rosen

Rachel Rosen, MD, MPH

Attending Physician, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Director, Aerodigestive Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
Neil Schechter

Neil Schechter, MD

Director, Chronic Pain Clinic, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Harvard Medical School
Claudio Morera, MD

Claudio Morera, MD

Attending. Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
Yoshiko Okazaki, MSW, LICSW

Yoshiko Okazaki,

Clinical Social Worker, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition,
Julie Snyder, PsyD

Julie Snyder, PsyD

Director, GI Psychology Service, Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Fiona Paul, RN, PhD, CPNP

Fiona Paul, RN, PhD, CPNP

Nurse Coordinator, Colorectal Program,
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Alana Beaudreault,

Program Coordinator, Aerodigestive Program and Functional Abdominal Program,
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Natasha Stinson,

Surgical Scheduler II,
Amy Hale, PhD

Amy Hale,

Attending Psychologist, Clinical Instructor in Psychology, Harvard Medical School
Kitzia Colliard Staff

Kitzia Colliard,

Quality Improvement Data Coordinator/ Clinical Research Assistant,