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Rush Pediatric Gastroenterology

The Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Rush Children's Hospital in Chicago, Illinois, offers the broadest range of services available for treatment of problems of the stomach and intestines. The staff is dedicated to delivering top-quality care to our young patients and their families. This includes leading research and patient education, as well as communicating with each patient's primary care physician.

MEET OUR TEAM
Anil Kesavan, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College. He completed medical school at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and his residency and fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center. He is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics and he has clinical expertise in celiac disease, colonoscopy, constipation, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, endoscopy, eosinophilic esophagitis, feeding disorders, pediatric food sensitivity, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), endoscopic gastrostomy, irritable bowl syndrome (IBS), pediatric liver disease, polypectomy, and ulcerative colitis.

Randolph McConnie, MD, is the Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology in the Department of Pediatrics. He completed medical school at Albany Medical College, his residencies at Baylor College of Medicine and Yale-New Haven Hospital, and his fellowship at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and has clinical expertise in celiac disease, colonoscopy, Crohn's disease, diarrhea, endoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD), gastroesophageoal reflux disease (GERD), endoscopic gastrostomy, hydrogen breath test, polypectomy, and ulcerative colitis. Additionally, he is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.

 

Mary Mullen, MS, RD, LDN, has extensive experience in clinical nutrition and is currently a pediatric dietitian at Rush University Medical Center, where she counsels parents, children and adolescents on nutrition-related health issues. She also holds a faculty position in the Department of Food and Nutrition and currently precepts and teaches nutrition graduate students, medical students and pediatric residents. 

Mary Mullen has written numerous professional and consumer programs and educational materials. She has given numerous presentations at the local, state and national level on a variety of topics including nutrition and wellness for adults and children, sports nutrition and pediatric obesity.
 
Mullen is an active member of The American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has held several leadership positions including delegate and president of The Illinois Dietetic Association.

Sheela Raikar, MD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Rush Medical College. She completed medical school at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine, and her residency and fellowship at Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. She is board certified in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatrics and has clinical expertise in abdominal pain, celiac disease, colonoscopy, constipation, Crohn's disease, cystic fibrosis, endoscopy, feeding disorders, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), endoscopic gastrostomy, nutritional disorders, pancreatitis, short bowel syndrome, and ulcerative colitis.

 

Services

Comprehensive clinical services in pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition include the following:

  • All flexible endoscopic diagnostic procedures, including colonoscopy, esophagogastroduodenoscopy and ERCP
  • Endoscopic therapeutic procedures, including dilatation, percutaneous gastrostomy tube placement and polypectomy
  • Extended esophageal pH probe monitoring (including sleep studies) for diagnosis of gastroesophageal reflux
  • Interventional radiologic procedures used as alternatives to major surgery for children with hemorrhagic complications of portal hypertension (e.g., “TIPS” procedures)
  • Three-channel breath testing for noninvasive diagnosis of carbohydrate intolerances, mouth to cecum transit time, and small bowel overgrowth
  • Nutrition and diet evaluation and counseling
  • Esophageal and anorectal manometry to measure the pressures and motility of the upper and lower GI tracts (including biofeedback for constipation and other anorectal disorders)

 

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Pediatric Gastroenterology - Chicago
1725 W Harrison Street
Kellogg Building
708
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 942-3034
Fax: (312) 942-4168
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Rush Oak Park
610 S. Maple Avenue
Rush Oak Park Professional Building
Suite 3150
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone: 312-942-3034
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Pediatric Gastroenterology - Lake Bluff
917 Sherwood Dr
Lake Bluff, IL 60044
Phone: (312) 942-3034
Fax: (312) 942-4168
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Rush Copley Medical Center
2020 Ogden Ave
Suite 400
Aurora, Illinois 60504
Phone: 312-942-3034
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