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Leading the Way in Pediatric Gastroenterology

Quality care starts with the patient-doctor relationship. That’s what Allie Feldman and her family discovered when she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of four. Crohn’s disease an inflammatory bowel disease that causes inflammation of the lining of the digestive tract.

Prior to her diagnosis, a long line of doctors had examined Allie, run extensive tests and conducted countless procedures to determine why she was dangerously underweight and frail, unable to run and play, and had unexplained fevers. Up until that point, tests had ruled out juvenile rheumatoid arthritis and metabolic disease, but revealed that Allie was allergic to an extensive list of foods.

It wasn’t until Sandeep Gupta, MD, a pediatric gastroenterologist with Riley at IU Health, made the diagnosis that the family could finally get on the right track for treatment. It was also the beginning of a special doctor-family relationship that Allie’s mother, Jane, says has brought stability to their lives.

“Dr. Gupta wants quality of life for his patients,” says Jane. “You feel that as a parent, you feel that as a patient. I look at him and think, ‘this man has my daughter’s life in his hands and I’ve never once second-guessed him.”

For Allie, life is now a continuous cycle of medications, first to bring the disease under control when infection caused by the disease is active, and then changing to a different medication for maintenance, to prevent painful flair ups of infection. But despite these challenges, the family is grateful to have answers and a plan of action. “I have a daughter who smiles and can, for the most part, be a normal kid. Yes, she has restrictions, but that’s life. We are so blessed,” says Jane.

The team of board certified pediatric gastroenterology specialists and nurse specialists at Riley at IU Health provide comprehensive care for children like Allie who suffer with disorders of the digestive tract, liver and pancreas. As a leader in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Riley at IU Health was recently ranked 23rd by U.S.News and World Report's 2013-14 Best Children's Hospitals.

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