Facilities and Clinics
Our Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition inpatient service consults on and manages an average of 20-30 inpatients every day, among them the number of direct GI admission to our inpatient service is approximately 800 per year. The Center takes care of over 9,000 outpatient visits per year.
The clinical activities of our program are located at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, and the outpatient clinics at Arnold Palmer Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition.
The research activities are based out of our outpatient clinic at Arnold Palmer Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition and the Arnold Palmer Hospital Pediatric GI Specialty Diagnostic Laboratory.
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is the largest pediatric teaching hospital in Central Florida. The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is currently the area's only stand-alone children's hospital and only Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center. The hospital has a 44-bed PICU and step-down unit as well as a 33-bed Pediatric Emergency Department and Trauma Center, and a 30-bed Pediatric Intensive Care Cardiac unit.
Most of the GI procedures take place in the endoscopy suite or in the operation rooms located at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. We perform more than 3000 procedures per year, including upper gastrointestinal endoscopies, colonoscopies and flexible sigmoidoscopies, and other gastrointestinal procedures such as percutaneous endoscopic gastric tube placement, liver biopsy, motility studies (esophageal, antral-duodenal, and colonic), breath hydrogen analyses, esophageal pH and impedance studies, and video capsule endoscopy. Each fellow on average will have completed >300 total procedures before graduation. Fellows will learn to perform and interpret not only the full range of diagnostic procedures, but will acquire skills in therapeutic procedures including polypectomy, esophageal variceal endosclerosis and ligation, pneumatic and non-pneumatic dilatation of strictures, removal of GI tract foreign bodies and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy tube and gastro-jejunal feeding tube placement.
Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies
Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is connected by a two-story sky bridge to Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, an extraordinary facility designed to serve the unique healthcare needs of women and babies in a caring, family-centered environment. It houses a state-of the-art 112-bed Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, one of the largest in the United States. It is a large regional children's tertiary referral center. Fellows are involved in the management of the complex neonatal cases.
Arnold Palmer Hospital Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition
The Center for Digestive Health and Nutrition at the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is the main location for our outpatient clinic services and is located just three blocks away from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children. There are seven satellite outpatient clinic locations located throughout central Florida and reach as far as the Atlantic coast in Melbourne, FL. The GI Division currently includes nine board certified Pediatric GI physicians; three nurse practitioners; six RNs, three dieticians, and two research coordinators. Our faculty holds appointments through The Florida State University College of Medicine, the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine, and the University of Central Florida College of Medicine.
All members of the Digestive Center are actively involved in clinical research, monthly journal clubs, weekly patient reviews, weekly didactic lectures, and QI projects. We have experienced research coordinators to support our on-going multi-center and single-center clinical research projects. There is strong expertise in the division to provide an academically stimulating environment and nurturing environment for fellows in training.
We have uniquely developed specialty clinics and centers that provide multi-disciplinary approach to patient care and a diverse learning opportunity for our fellows. Click here to learn more about these clinics.
Arnold Palmer Hospital Pediatric GI Specialty Diagnostic Lab
Our lab performs diagnostic tests that are not commonly available in clinical diagnostic laboratories. The staff consists of highly trained team members that perform testing locally in our state-certified laboratory with results available in as little as 24-48 hours. Our fellows have the opportunity to work closely with the staff to learn how to perform these diagnostic tests. Additionally, each fellow has an opportunity to consult with lab staff to develop and perform their own independent laboratory and translational research projects.