Hadassah United Kingdom was privileged to host Prof. Michael Wilschanski, Director of the Hadassah Medical Center’s Pediatric Gastroenterology Unit for a presentation entitled “Every Jewish Mother’s Child Has a Tummy Ache.’

”At Hadassah, Prof. Wilschanski explained, the hospital’s integrated approach to pediatric care ensures that before a diagnosis is made, a child with a stomach ache is not only referred to a pediatric gastroenterologist, but also meets with a multidisciplinary team of specialists, which includes a nutritionist, physiologist, and child psychologist.

Prof. Wilschanski discussed a variety of red flags that alert him to the fact that the child has more than a minor stomach ailment, along with a variety of pediatric diseases and conditions such as celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis, and childhood obesity. He also highlighted some of the pediatric research being done at Hadassah, where the ethnic diversity within Jerusalem provides a unique environment for extensive genetic studies.