The care of children and adolescents with digestive diseases and disorders goes beyond diagnosis and treatment. For young patients, a digestive disease can affect the daily routine, diet, social interactions, and even time spent learning. The Center for Advanced Digestive Care (CADC) at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center understands this impact, and provides numerous services that go beyond treating the disease ó often at little to no cost to CADC patients. These services include:
- Nutritional counseling
- Genetic counseling
- Educational and emotional support
- Peer-based experience sharing through our 1-to-1 patient support program
- Transitional care as an adolescent approaches adulthood
Through all support services, CADC providers can help patients and families identify helpful tools and resources available to help them with their medical care.
Contact the Center for Advanced Digestive Care at 1-877-902-2232 for more information on any of these services.
Nutritional Assessment & Counseling
Nutritional counseling by registered dietitians at the CADC can help reduce disease recurrence and alleviate patients' symptoms. Mindful of the central role that nutrition plays in treating and managing digestive disorders, our pediatric gastroenterologists conduct a thorough nutritional assessment of all our pediatric patients, looking carefully at vitamin and nutrient levels, caloric intake, and overall well-being. Since many digestive diseases often occur before or during adolescence, we focus on correcting nutritional deficiencies early to support normal growth and development. Our nutrition team helps guide patients toward a sound diet and appropriate nutritional therapies to prevent and treat digestive disorders and to support recovery and healing after surgery.
Georgia Savva, MS, RD, CDN, is a registered dietitian with the Center for Advanced Digestive Care, dedicated to pediatric GI patients. Georgia received her Bachelor of Science in psychology at George Washington University before combining her passion for people and interest in food to earn a Master of Science in Nutrition and Dietetics at New York University. After completing the NewYork-Presbyterian Dietetic Internship and Fellowship in Pediatric Nutrition at NYPís Morgan Stanley Childrenís Hospital, she stayed on there, building clinical expertise for multiple years before joining the Phyllis and David Komansky Center for Children's Health at NYP/Weill Cornell Medical Center.
Genetic evaluation and testing can help to make a definitive diagnosis in a child, as well as predict the risk of developing a digestive disease in future children or other family members. We perform a battery of molecular genetic tests for children with conditions that often run in families. Improved understanding of genetics allows us to offer earlier care and more targeted therapies to children with a family history of these disorders, giving them the opportunity to build healthy lives. Genetic education and counseling help patients understand and cope with the results of genetic tests.
Learn more about genetic counseling at the CADC.
1-to-1 Patient Support Program
The CADC currently offers a phone-based 1-to-1 patient support program, allowing pediatric patients with a digestive illness to speak with peers with a similar diagnosis. This program also extends to parents, who are able to connect with other parents to share experiences, learn coping techniques and more. Calls organized by the program remain anonymous, and patients and parents will sometimes have the opportunity to speak to multiple peers to receive more insight. The program is currently accepting CADC patients with any digestive illness, as well as their corresponding parents.
Learn about the 1-to-1 patient support program and register.
School & Child Life Services
Digestive diseases can take young patients away from the classroom and activities crucial to their development. The staff at the CADC works with patients and families to address educational and emotional issues.
Because we know that any hospitalization brings with it anxiety and stress, we have several child life programs available that are designed to address your child's emotional needs and help make the hospital stay less intimidating.
In many cases, your child's illness is a diagnosis that will require lifelong vigilance, special care, and follow-up. The CADC therefore has a transition program to help adolescent patients take charge of their own medical care when the time comes to move from pediatric to adult health care.
As a way to initiate a pathway to self-sufficiency and assist patients in taking charge of their health as young adults, the transition program begins during adolescence. Partnering with our patients, we introduce them to their new physicians and specialists; help them understand the critical importance of keeping up-to-date with their therapies and appointments; and provide them with the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to make responsible decisions affecting their care. In addition to standard transitional discussions with to all patients and their families, the CADC has now offers a formal program for adolescent patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis due the chronic and often severe nature of their inflammatory bowel disease diagnosis.
Learn about support and wellness services for adults at the Center for Advanced Digestive Care.