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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.
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.
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.
Director, Center for Motility and Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders; Director, Functional Abdominal Pain Program
Department: Gastroenterology Hepatology Nutrition
Director and Chair of Ambulatory Community Services; Associate Physician Motility and Gastrointestinal Disorders
Director, Colorectal Program
Director, Aerodigestive Center
Director, Chronic Pain Clinic
Department: Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Clinical Coordinator, Aerodigestive Center
Nurse Coordinator, Colorectal Program
Program Coordinator, Aerodigestive Program and Functional Abdominal Program
Nurse Practitioner & Clinical Coordinator, Functional Abdominal Pain Program
Surgical Scheduler II
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