Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition | Get a Second Opinion

Many families feel hesitant to seek a second opinion, worried that it undermines the authority of their primary doctor. This is completely natural, but the truth is that getting a second opinion is an important part of feeling confident that your child is getting the care they need for the condition they have. Getting a second opinion from Boston Children’s can help you find that confidence. As part of the #1-ranked children's hospital by U.S. News & World Report, we are widely considered “the opinion that matters most” when it comes to diagnosing your little one.

We specialize in treating common conditions like stomach aches and pains, constipation, and gastroesophageal reflux, as well the most complex gastrointestinal problems like inflammatory bowel disease, eosinophillic gastrointestinal disorders, and motility and functional gastrointestinal disorders. 

How do I get a second opinion from the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition?

To request a second opinion from our team, please call 617-355-6058. All you need to give us is your child's name, date of birth and insurance information — we'll take care of everything else. If you are unable to come for an in-person second opinion at one of our 12 locations, we offer an Online Second Opinion Program

International patients

For families residing outside of the United States, please contact Boston Children's Global Services, which facilitates medical review of patient records and appointment scheduling and provides assistance with customs and immigration, transportation, and hotel and housing accommodations.

Focusing on the needs of you and your child

Making a second opinion appointment with our Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition department is simple. Our dedicated care coordinator will help you:

  • understand and coordinate all the required insurance information for your visit
  • collect all of your child's medical records and needed information from your pediatrician or other doctors
  • customize your appointment scheduling if you need to see multiple doctors
  • find appropriate lodging in Boston if you're traveling here for care

Our doctors, nurses and clinical staff carefully review information we get from you and your doctors, including the medical record history, notes and any test results related to the cause of your visit. This allows us to focus our time on your child and better coordinate your appointments with other specialists, if needed.

Coordinated care

Our team will communicate with your pediatricians, primary care doctors, or gastroenterology specialists to coordinate your child’s ongoing care. After visiting with our team and hearing their opinion, you can choose to receive treatment from our specialists or your own doctor. Any notes or follow-up information from your visit can be shared with your doctors at home upon your request.

How do I know if my child needs a second opinion?

Many families look for a second opinion when researching their child's care. In some cases, a different doctor may come up with a different diagnosis or offer new treatment options from those that have already been suggested.

Seeking the advice and expertise of different board-certified, pediatric doctors can help you feel confident that your child has the right diagnosis and give you the opportunity to learn about any additional treatment options.

Call one of our care coordinators at 617-355-6058 to ask any questions or to schedule an appointment.