Department of Pediatrics

Division of Gastroenterology

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Division's Overview

Provides multidisciplinary care for children with gastrointestinal diseases such as aero-digestive conditions, allergic gastrointestinal disorders, congenital disorders of the GI tract, functional gastrointestinal disorders, inflammatory bowel diseases, motility disorders, pancreatic diseases and hepatobiliary disease. Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy, intestinal rehabilitation program and liver transplant service will also be provided.

The aim of the Department of Pediatric Medicine is to establish and advance the provision of pediatric clinical care for children 0-18 years of age with the highest quality, safety, and excellence at every patient encounter. However, for patients with potentially difficult and complex transition to adult care such as children with congenital heart disease, diabetes or other conditions, care will be provided up to 21 years of age. In achieving our aim to provide care with the highest quality, safety, and excellence, the scope of service at the Sidra Medical and Research Center will be focused on the tertiary and quaternary levels of specialized pediatric medical care, including complex, state-of-the-art procedures and therapies based on evidence and best practices and, where appropriate, on carefully designed, ethically approved experimental approaches provided by a highly trained international health care team. As such, Department of Pediatric Medicine will closely network with its tertiary care partner, the Hamad Medical Corporation (Hamad General Hospital, Women’s Hospital and Heart Hospital) in Doha. In addition, it will also network with the primary care services (e.g. Primary Health Care Corporation) and secondary care services at Al Khor Hospital, Al Wakra Hospital and the other hospitals in the Hamad Medical Corporation network.

The mission of the Department of Pediatric Medicine at Sidra is to provide the timely diagnosis, efficient, evidence and/or best practices-based medical care and follow-up of the patients leading to their recovery and optimized health status as quickly as possible. The care will be provided using a multidisciplinary approach in a compassionate, culturally sensitive and patient- and family-centered environment. As a result, the care provided at Sidra will enhance access to tertiary and quaternary care while providing community outreach, patient and family education and collaboration with primary care providers in the State of Qatar.

Division's Services

Aero-digestive conditions

Allergic gastrointestinal disorders

Congenital disorders of the GI tract

Diagnostic and therapeutic endoscopy

Functional gastrointestinal disorders

Gastrointestinal diseases

Hepatobiliary disease

Inflammatory bowel diseases

Intestinal rehabilitation program and liver transplant service

Motility disorders

Pancreatic diseases

Sidra outpatient clinic location map

“Patients and family members, if you are visiting the Sidra Outpatient Clinic, please follow the directions provided in this map for accurate directions. We ensure this map is always current and updated with any changes in routes.”

The Department of Pediatric Medicine will ensure compliance with the standards set by the Sidra Quality Department and the directives of the Supreme Council of Health for the wait times and the length of stay (LOS). The directives from the Supreme Council of Health currently require that all patients seen in outpatient clinics be attended to within the 30 minutes of their appointment. Length of stay targets will be set by each division in the Department of Pediatric.


Operating Hours

Sunday - Thursday07:00 am - 03:00 pm
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Mamoun Elawad

Division Chief of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

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Anthony Akobeng

Senior Attending Physician

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Paraic McGrogan

Senior Attending Physician

Publications by the division

Glutamine for induction of remission in Crohn’s disease

Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2016 Feb 8;2:CD007348...
Akobeng AK, Elawad M, Gordon M

Published: 8 February 2016
Author(s): Mamoun Elawad Anthony Akobeng

Histopathological features of gastrointestinal mucosal biopsies in children with Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis

Pediatr Res. 2016 Feb 16. doi: 10.1038/pr.2016.27...
Pichler J, Ong C, Shah N, Sebire N5, Kiparrissi F, Borrelli O, Pilkington C, Elawad M

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Published: 16 February 2016
Author(s): Mamoun Elawad

Phenotypic and genotypic characterisation of inflammatory bowel disease presenting before the age of two years

J Crohns Colitis. 2016 Jun 14. pii: jjw118. [Epub ahead of print]...
Kammermeier J, Dziubak R, Pescarin M, Drury S, Godwin H, Reeve K, Chadokufa S, Huggett B, Sider S, James C, Acton N, Cernat E, Gasparetto M, Noble-Jamieson G, Kiparissi F, Elawad M, Beales PL, Sebire NJ, Gilmour K, Uhlig HH, Bacchelli C, Shah N

Published: 14 June 2016
Author(s): Mamoun Elawad

The role of exclusive enteral nutrition in the management of orofacial granulomatosis in children

World J Pediatr (Jul 2016). doi:10.1007/s12519-016-0045-7...
Mutalib M, Bezanti K, Elawad M, Kiparissi F

Published: 1 July 2016
Author(s): Mamoun Elawad

Stem cell transplantation for tetratricopeptide repeat domain 7A deficiency: long-term follow-up

Blood. 2016 Sep 1;128(9):1306-8. doi: 10.1182/blood-2016-01-696385...
Kammermeier J, Lucchini G, Pai SY, Worth A, Rampling D, Amrolia P, Silva J, Chiesa R, Rao K, Noble-Jamieson G, Gasparetto M, Ellershaw D, Uhlig H, Sebire N, Elawad M, Notarangelo L, Shah N, Veys P

Published: 1 September 2016
Author(s): Mamoun Elawad

Telephone Consultation as a Substitute for Routine Out-patient Face-to-face Consultation for Children With Inflammatory Bowel Disease: Randomised Controlled Trial and Economic Evaluation

EBioMedicine 2015;2:1251-6...
Akobeng AK, O'Leary N, Vail A, Brown N, Widiatmoko D, Fagbemi A, Thomas AG

Published: 1 August 2015
Author(s): Anthony Akobeng

Racecadotril for acute diarrhoea in children: systematic review and meta-analyses

Archives of Disease in Childhood 2016;101:234-40...
Gordon M, Akobeng A

Published: 1 March 2016
Author(s): Anthony Akobeng

Osmotic and stimulant laxatives for the management of childhood constipation

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 8. Art. No.:CD009118...
Gordon M, MacDonald JK, Parker CE, Akobeng AK, Thomas AG

Published: 1 July 2016
Author(s): Anthony Akobeng

Oral 5-aminosalicylic acid for maintenance of medically-induced remission in Crohn’s disease

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD003715...
Akobeng AK, Zhang D, Gordon M, MacDonald JK

Published: 1 September 2016
Author(s): Anthony Akobeng

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