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Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition

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Dr. Khalaf explains how our team is uniquely qualified to treat patients with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.

About Us

The Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition team is committed to delivering a full range of highest quality, compassionate, up-to-date, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary, and personalized care for pediatric patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Our patients include infants, college students, and everyone in between.

From initial testing and diagnosis through long-term disease management, our specialty-trained team includes physicians, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and dieticians who partner with families to provide patient-tailored and well-rounded care.

Aside from direct patient care, our medical practitioners also provide consultations to community physicians on basic to complex gastrointestinal and nutritional problems, including common gastrointestinal, nutritional, and hepatic problems of childhood, such as abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, vomiting, and constipation.  

As the only academic medical center on the west coast of Florida, we are able to provide cutting-edge treatment, technology, and research.

What We Treat

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Celiac Disease
  • Constipation
  • Cow's Milk Protein Intolerance
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Diarrhea 
  • Encopresis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Eosinophilic Gastritis
  • Failure to Thrive
  • Functional Abdominal Pain


  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
  • Gastrointestinal Bleeding
  • Hepatitis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Lactose Intolerance 
  • Pancreatitis
  • Short Bowel Syndrome
  • Toddler's Diarrhea
  • Ulcerative Colitis

Procedures We Perform

  • Breath testing
  • Esophagastroduodenoscopy (EGD)
  • Upper GI series
  • Colonoscopy
  • Esophageal dilations
  • Ileoscopy
  • Anal Botox
  • Antral Botox
  • Anorectal manometry
  • Liver biopsy


  • Cholangioscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) with fine needle aspiration (FNA)
  • Endoluminal stenting
  • Endoscopic mucosal resection (EMR)
  • Endoluminal suturing
  • Deep enteroscopy
  • Cystgastrostomy / Pancreatic necrosectomy

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Clinic

Our experts led the establishment of a pediatric multidisciplinary IBD clinic that is fully focused on offering up-to-date and state-of-the-art care to children and teens with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. And as part of this region's leading academic medical center, our experts provide innovative treatments that are evidence-based, utilize cutting edge technology that are minimally invasive, and actively participate in clinical research pertaining to IBD.

Schedule an Appointment / Get a Second Opinion

USF Health and Tampa General Hospital are combining expertise and resources to bring you the best care available in the region. 

We offer in-person consultations as well as Telehealth appointments. To book an appointment call (813) 821-8029 or visit our Telehealth page to learn how to book a virtual appointment. 

Do you have an account with MyChart? Simply login to request or manage your next appointment. You can also create your own account by visiting our MyChart page.

Our affiliation with Tampa General Hospital gives our patients access to their health records from both organizations through one MyChart Account. If you currently own a MyChart account with Tampa General Hospital, you do not need a separate account at USF Health.

Referring providers please call (813) 821-8057.

Meet Our Dieticians

  • Nicole Misner

  • Michelle Yavelow

Tampa Bay Takes Steps 

We look forward to seeing you on April 23rd at Tampa Bay Takes Steps.

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Grateful Patient Story

Patricia Weiler (right) and her sister Annabelle with their dog Mitch.

Patricia Weiler is an 8-year-old Crohn’s Disease patient. When she fell down the stairs, several doctors noticed wounds that weren’t healing in her mouth. She eventually found herself in the office of USF Health pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Racha Khalaf, who has helped answered the many questions she had about her condition.

Read the full story here.

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