Colman Family Chair in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Professor, University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine
Director, Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP)
Robert N. Baldassano completed his Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Fellowship at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). He is the recipient of the Pediatric Housestaff Humanitarian Award, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America Research Fellowship Award, the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Pediatric Resident Teaching, the Education Award for Excellence in Inflammatory Bowel Disease Teaching, Research and Clinical Care, the David Cornfeld Bedside Teaching Award, Blockley-Osler Bedside Teaching Award and has been named as a “Top Doctors in Philadelphia” for the past 13 years. Dr. Robert Baldassano is currently the Colman Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and the Director of the Center for Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease at CHOP. Dr. Baldassano research focuses on improving the care of children suffering from Inflammatory Bowel Disease. He has been instrumental in developing an international consortium for the study of the gene responsible for causing pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and has chaired multiple national and international programs relating to pediatric IBD.
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
Co- Director, Center for Pediatric & Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Dr. Sandra Kim is an Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. She also is a faculty member of the Gastroenterology division and medical co-director for the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent IBD at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Her clinical and research interests focus on pediatric inflammatory bowel diseases, including adolescent transitioning and quality improvement in pediatric IBD and translational research investigating the bacterial and genetic influences in IBD which has been funded by the NIH and CCFA. She chairs the Clinical Practice committee and leads the Adolescent Transitioning working group with Michelle Maddux, PhD. for ImproveCareNow. In addition, she currently serves as Chair of Pediatric Affairs for the CCFA and is a member of the Executive Committee for the CCFA National Scientific Advisory Committee. She also serves on the steering committees for the CCFA Pediatric IBD Research Network (PRO-KIIDS). She was awarded the 2011 Rosenthal Award by the CCFA for her leadership in patient education and advocacy.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital
Jen Smith, MS, RD, LD, LMT, is a Clinical Dietitian for Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Human Nutrition and Master’s of Science in Medical Dietetics from The Ohio State University. She has been working at Nationwide Children’s Hospital with an emphasis in Gastroenterology since 2003. She is one of the Registered Dietitians who provide comprehensive nutrition education and guidance to patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Children’s Hospital. Jen has spoken on a variety of nutrition topics to various audiences including, physicians, students, other healthcare professionals, and to community members including CCFA. She is an active member of the local, state, and national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America.
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