|Sixteen-year-old Leah Crossen (right) is recovering well after being cared for by pediatric gastroenterologist Ninfa Candela, MD (left).
Providing quality, patient-centered care is always at the core of what we do at UMass Memorial. Our Children's Medical Center is doing its part to ensure this happens, and patients and families are taking notice.
With the recent expansion of pediatric gastroenterology services and the addition of new physicians, access to care is easier for patients like 16-year-old Leah Crossen, who was treated for stomach pain.
"The doctor examined Leah thoroughly," said Leah's mom, Judy. "She sat with us, listened to Leah talk about her symptoms, examined her and ordered some tests. The doctor was great, and today Leah is feeling much better. I was also impressed that the doctor called us a few weeks after we first saw her to check in on Leah."
As the largest pediatric gastroenterology program in Central Massachusetts, UMass Memorial specialists offer expertise for gastrointestinal disorders such as abdominal pain, constipation and reflux, as well as more complex problems like gastrointestinal bleeding, liver disease and nutritional issues.
"In addition to a shorter wait for appointments, children benefit from integrated care and can see multiple specialists in one visit," said Jay Fong, MD, also a pediatric gastroenterologist. "Pediatric anesthesiologists are available for procedures, which is an added level of comfort for patients and parents alike."