I am a pediatric gastroenterologist at GI Care for Kids (previously called CCDHC) in Atlanta, Georgia. The goal of my blog is to share some of my reading in my field more broadly. In addition, I wanted to provide my voice to a wide range of topics that often have inaccurate or incomplete information.
Before starting this blog in 2011, I would tear out articles from journals and/or keep notes in a palm pilot. This blog helps provide an updated source of information that is easy to access and search, along with links to useful multimedia sources.
I was born and raised in Chattanooga. After graduating from the University of Virginia, I attended Baylor College of Medicine. I completed residency and fellowship training at the University of Cincinnati at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center. I received funding from the National Institutes of Health for molecular biology research of the gastrointestinal tract. I have authored numerous publications/presentations including original research, case reports, review articles, and textbook chapters on various pediatric gastrointestinal problems.
Currently, I am the vice chair (& former chair) of the section of nutrition for the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics. In addition, I am an adjunct Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. Other society memberships have included the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food Allergy Network, the American Gastroenterology Association, the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, and the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.
As part of a national pediatric GI organization called NASPGHAN (and its affiliated website GIKids) I have helped develop educational materials on a wide-range of gastrointestinal and liver diseases which are used across the country. Also, I have been an invited speaker for national campaigns to improve the evaluation and treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, celiac disease, eosinophilic esophagitis, and inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Some information on these topics has been posted at my work website, www.gicareforkids.com, which has links to multiple other useful resources.
I am fortunate to work at GI Care For Kids (404-257-0799). Our group has 15 physicians with a wide range of subspecialization, including liver diseases, feeding disorders, eosinophilic diseases, inflammatory bowel disease, cystic fibrosis, DiGeorge/22q, celiac disease, and motility disorders. Many of our physicians are recognized nationally for their achievements. For many families, more practical matters include the following:
– 14 office/satellite locations
– both male and female physicians
– physicians who speak Spanish
– cutting edge research
– on-site nutritionists
– on-site psychology support for abdominal pain & feeding disorders
– participation in ImproveCareNow
– office pediatric endoscopy suite (lower costs and easier scheduling)
– office infusion center (lower costs and easier for families)
– easy access to nursing advice (each physician has at least one nurse)
I am married and have two sons. I like to read, walk/hike, exercise, swim, and play tennis with my free time as well as go to baseball games.
I do not have any significant relationships with pharmaceutical companies or other financial relationships to disclose. I have participated in industry-sponsored studies.
Dear Dr. Hochman:
Your content is just fantastic. For your information, I am following your feed on my blog at http://drbriansmart.com/great-content-from-other-bloggers/
Please keep it up!
Hello Dr. Hochman,
Thank you for recently featuring my work on transition to adult care in your blog. Dr. Reed-Knight was kind enough to let me know about the honor. I too trained at CCHMC and look forward to following your updates.
Wendy N. Gray
HI Dr. Hochman
I love your blog. I am a mom of a 15 year old son with Crohn’s disease, he was diagnosed when he was 2. I read your blog every day and often share your posts. I started my own non profit with another mom a few years ago and we do fundraising for IBD research. We also are spreading awareness about these diseases and working on a peer to peer support program. Our website is http://www.connectingtocure.org. I keep meaning to start my blog here, and I will soon. So much to do with IBD related stuff. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to talk with you at some point about pediatrics and IBD as we are also pediatric and caregiver focused. I am planning on going to Advances this year also.
Thanks for your feedback. When I get an opportunity, I will try to send you an email.
Hi Dr. Hochman,
I’m a pediatric resident, planning on applying to GI fellowship, and I wanted to let you know how incredibly insightful your blog is. I frequent it regularly and have been sharing it with my peers. It’s such a wonderful resource.
Thanks for the feedback.
I have used it for years; it is SO well done and always timely
Hello Dr. Hochman, I am a 43 year old mother of two. I was diagnosed with CSID at Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan when I was 9 and I began taking the then experimental Sucraid solution when I was about 19. I continued to take Sucraid until 2014 when my co-pay went from $75 per month to $750 per month. At that point I decided to experiment with my diet and was thinking that I would order a month’s worth or Sucraid just a few times a year for special occasions like Christmas and my birthday. Once the insurance company noticed that I wasn’t ordering the medication regularly they concluded that I didn’t need it and stopped covering it altogether. My husband makes too much money for us to qualify for financial assistance from the manufacturer. Thankfully I have been able to manage remarkably well by restricting my diet and tolerating mild symptoms, depending on what I decide to eat. After reading the stats on your blog, I realize how fortunate I am to be able to manage as well as I do without the Sucraid. I guess I just wanted to tell my story briefly and thank you and your colleagues for your attention to conditions like CSID. Fortunately neither of my daughters have it and, nowadays, there are many products that are sweetened with 100% juice and healthier alternative sweeteners like agave nectar and stevia. All of which make dietary management easier and more pleasant for at least some of us. Thank you again!
I have found your content is just informative and great. I hope to see more informative posts about Gastroenterology. Keep it up!
Hi Jay. My google alert found this. Would be interested to hear your thoughts.
Thanks for sharing article. My initial impression is that dysbiosis is not likely to play a major role in reflux but I am sure there will be more studies which will clarify this.
I liked the few articles you wrote on Medical Child Abuse. As you know Medical Child Abuse was designed to encapsulate factitious disorders imposed on another.
I wish to reveal a sad truth: While from a pediatric pointbof view, Medical Child Abuse encapsulates factitious disorders imposed on another, in reality factitious disorders impised on another describe a form of abuse that is not restricted to pediatrics and carries on over time in more subtle and no less vicious ways.
It’s not only a pediatrics issue, and paradoxically far from limited to only medical concerns. I know that’s counter intuitive.
Another counter intuitive aspect of factitious disorders is that are bound to appear more voluntary than they really are. Having thought about it a long time, it can be delusionally motivated deceit that can both be blameless and sadistic at the same time to varying degrees. And it phenomenologically appears as voluntary for this reason. Depending on cases, it might be voluntary, or something more blurry.
I wish I didn’t knew all that.
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Jay: I am so proud of you and delighted to call you a friend and colleague. I frequently share your postings with hundreds of pediatricians with my own email connections. Thank you for sharing your expertise with all of us and being such a great communicator; it is a blessing to know you and work with you.
Thank you. Though it has been close to 20 years since we worked together, I still consider you a mentor and feel that I learned so much from you.
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