Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa
Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology (302893)
Specialized in: pediatric gastroenterology
About the department
The Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa provides the highly accurate diagnostics and modern treatment of gastrointestinal diseases in children, including inflammatory diseases of all gastrointestinal organs (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis), congenital and acquired liver diseases and hyperlipidemia. The department has earned the status of one of the leading in the field of its competence in Israel. The department is headed by Prof. Dr. med. Ron Shaoul.
In collaboration with the Blood Bank, the department carries out plasmapheresis procedures in children with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia, liver and pancreatic diseases. The department's doctors have extensive and successful experience in the use of diet therapy in children with growth disorders, short bowel syndrome, eating disorders, chronic diarrhea, as well as diet therapy in children with special needs.
The department specializes in the diagnostics and treatment of the following gastroenterological diseases in children:
- Inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis)
- Pyloric stenosis
- Hirschsprung's disease
- Esophageal atresia
- VACTERL group of congenital malformations
- Celiac disease
- Peptic ulcer
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhages
- Food intolerance
- Pancreatic diseases
- Abdominal pain and constipation
- Congenital and acquired liver diseases
- Hyperlipidemia (elevated levels of blood lipid fractions)
- Other diseases
The department's range of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures includes:
- Gastric acid measurement
- Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy
- Rectal biopsy
- Liver biopsy
- Gastrostomy (insertion of a tube for nutrition directly into the stomach)
- Placement of feeding tubes
- Intravenous iron infusion
- Treatment of pyloric stenosis
- Laryngeal dilation
- Anal dilation
- Introduction of milk products to the diet under the guidance of a doctor
- Colonoscopy (under general anesthesia)
- Other medical services
Prof. Ron Shaul is the Chief Physician of the Department of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Rambam Health Care Campus Haifa, which is one of the largest of its kind in Israel. He has directed the department since 2009.
Prof. Shaoul is a graduate of the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology). He completed his internship and residency in Pediatrics at Bnai Zion Medical Center and a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.
Prof. Shaoul is a Clinical Associate Professor in Pediatrics at the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine. He is also actively participating in a wide range of clinical and basic research projects and initiatives. His main research interests include probiotics and prebiotics, different aspects of pediatric inflammatory diseases and pediatric endoscopy.
As a member of the European Working Group on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Prof. Shaoul has also authored about 120 peer-reviewed articles and is a reviewer for prestigious journals in the field of pediatrics and gastroenterology.
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