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Gastroenterology + Nutrition

Pediatric Nutritional Services Program

Expertise in a wide range of nutritional challenges

Proper nutrition is so important for a growing child. If your child is experiencing nutrition-related problems, the pediatric Nutritional Services Program at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston can help.

Our team specializes in improving the nutritional status of newborns through young adults. We recognize that every patient in our care is different — and design our nutritional care plans accordingly. In addition, we work closely with parents to ensure you understand the care plan and have all the information you need to help your child stick to it.

We serve kids facing a wide range of nutritional challenges, including:

Getting to Know Your Child

The Nutritional Services Program delivers highly personalized care in a comfortable, intimate setting. At your first visit here, we take the time to do a full nutritional assessment. This involves discussing things like what your child has eaten in recent days, food preferences and aversions, and the meal environment at home. There's a lot to cover, but that's what it takes to understand your child's general feeding habits.

Following the visit, we may have your child undergo further testing or visit another specialist outside of our division (e.g. a feeding therapist or speech language pathologist). Once we have all the necessary information, we can identify which key issues to address in a nutritional care plan.

Having parental input in developing a care plan is not only helpful, but also essential. We need to know what type of strategy will be realistic and effective given your child's home life, personality, day-to-day activities, etc. We then give you pointed guidance on topics such as:

  • Which foods are best for your child
  • When and how to feed him or her
  • Managing his or her behavior during meals

Our entire team — pediatric gastroenterologists, a registered dietitian, nurses, support staff — works together to ensure you feel confident about carrying out your child's care plan. We realize managing major dietary and lifestyle changes takes much effort and patience. So we're available by phone or email if you have questions or just need someone to talk to.

Families typically visit our clinic once or twice a month for several months, and then once yearly after the issue has been resolved.

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD, MPH

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD, MPH

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Co-Director, Food Allergy Center at Floating Hospital for Children; Director, Pediatric Clinical Trials, OB/GYN-Pediatric Clinical Trials Program; 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, pediatric nutrition

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Jeanne Plasse, PA-C

Jeanne Plasse, PA-C

Title(s): Physician Assistant
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition, abdominal pain, constipation, gastroesophageal reflux disease, failure-to-thrive, milk-protein intolerance, G-tube care, IBD education

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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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Emilia Shin, MD

Emilia Shin, 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

Hepatobiliary system, nutrition services, acid reflux, inflammatory bowel disease, other general pediatric GI disorders

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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, other general pediatric GI and nutrition disorders

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Garrett Zella, MD

Garrett Zella, MD

Title(s): Acting-Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; 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, other general pediatric GI and nutrition disorders

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Our team respects the relationships that you have with your patients and their families. We'll update you on your patient's condition and care plan following every visit and contact you to discuss any major concerns.


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