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Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) that occurs when the eophagus doesn't close correctly. Instead, stomach contents reflux into the esophagus and cause irritation.

Programs + Services


Gastroenterology + Nutrition

The Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition Division at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston provides expert GI diagnosis and treatment for children.
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General Surgery

A certified Level I Pediatric Trauma Center, Floating Hospital for Children in Boston has top surgeons specializing in a number of pediatric issues including diseases of the lungs, esophagus, stomach, intestines, liver, spleen and lymph nodes.
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Doctors + Care Team

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Co-Director, Food Allergy Center at Floating Hospital for Children; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Abdominal pain, acid reflux, food allergies, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

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Garrett Zella, MD

Garrett Zella, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General gastroenterology and nutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal complications of neurologic disease

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Howard C. Jen, MD

Howard C. Jen, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Surgeon; Assistant Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma, Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies (ICRHPS), Center for Evaluation of Value and Risk in Health (CEVR)
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5025
Fax #: 617-636-8122

Neonatal surgery, minimally invasive surgery, thoracic surgery, chest wall deformities, congenital malformations, oncologic surgery, general pediatric surgery

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Khoa D. Tran, MD

Khoa D. Tran, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Neurogastroenterology, motility, general pediatric gastroenterology, chronic constipation, gastro-esophageal reflux/pH studies

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Marcella C. Radano, MD

Marcella C. Radano, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General pediatric gastroenterology, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disease of the GI tract

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Walter J. Chwals, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

Walter J. Chwals, MD, FACS, FAAP, FCCM

Title(s): Chief of Pediatric Surgery; Pediatric Surgeon-in-Chief; Director, Kiwanis Pediatric Trauma Institute; Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Surgery, Pediatric Surgery, Pediatric Trauma
Appt. Phone: 617-636-5025
Fax #: 617-636-8122

Pediatric surgery, pediatric trauma, congenital disorders requiring surgery in newborns, GI inflammatory diseases in children, pediatric tumors (surgical oncology), nutrition in post-surgical neonates, pediatric obesity and minimally invasive surgery

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Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children have high quality care.

Quality + Safety

A world-class pediatric teaching hospital shouldn’t make you and your child feel small.  At Floating Hospital for Children our littlest patients are our biggest priority. This means we’re committed to providing the highest quality of care in a safe, friendly environment.

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A child in the pediatric emergency department at Floating Hospital for Children.

Floating Ranks With the Best

The Leapfrog Group gave Floating Hospital for Children and Tufts Medical Center an “A” rating for outstanding patient safety in 2014.

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Floating Hospital for Children has a strong history of innovation.

A Fresh Breath of Air

Floating Hospital for Children began its life as a hospital ship in the Boston Harbor in 1894 before coming onshore permanently in 1931.

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