Tag Archive: gastroenterology

Connor Kelleher is a spirited, sports-loving 12-year-old. He plays football, basketball and baseball and dreams of becoming a professional athlete, sports announcer or sports writer someday. Over the past few years, Connor has made very important strides with his health, showing his bravery, resilience and characteristic sense of humor along the way. He’s undergone a series of intravenous treatments to manage the effects of a chronic medical condition. Over time,... View Article

Jun 20 2018

Debilitating stomach pain, persistent diarrhea, rectal bleeding, dietary restrictions – As though the teenage years aren’t challenging enough, adding the symptoms of gastrointestinal conditions to the mix can make navigating adolescence especially difficult. When licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Alyssa Ward joined our gastroenterology and nutrition team two years ago, her teenage patients began asking for a support group almost immediately. “Kids with conditions causing abdominal pain and impacting bowel function... View Article

May 16 2018

Ariel Benjamin, our September 2016 “Calendar Kid,” enjoys Legos, video games and bike riding and hopes to be a computer programmer someday.Ariel is one of many children in Central Virginia who come to CHoR for gastroenterology and nutrition services. Ariel has Crohn’s disease, a chronic condition that attacks the digestive system and causes painful stomach issues. Approximately 700,000 people in the United States are affected by Crohn’s and in need... View Article

Sep 26 2016

Dawn McCoy vividly remembers crying on the shoulder of the nurse during her son’s first meeting with CHoR gastroenterologist Dr. Martin Graham. She was overwhelmed with frustration, having just learned that much of what Joshua had been eating was causing his medical issues to worsen.At the time, 18-month-old Joshua was “in crisis.” He was unable to keep food down and was very small for his age. His skin was inflamed... View Article

Jul 1 2015

By Robert E. Kane,  MDProfessor, Division of Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Virginia Commonwealth University As an adult you may have experienced heartburn or an uncomfortable feeling in your chest after eating a big meal or spicy food. From time to time this is normal, but if these symptoms occur frequently it may be due to gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD).But GERD isn’t just a problem for adults — it affects kids, too. In... View Article

Nov 15 2012