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GI for Kids, PLLC

East Tennessee Children's Hospital Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Services

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GI for Kids, PLLC is East Tennessee's premier pediatric gastroenterology group. Located in Knoxville, Tennessee, we are affiliated with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital and serve all of East Tennessee and surrounding areas. We are staffed with four of the area's finest board certified pediatric gastroenterologists, three nurse practitioners, a Physician Assistant, two behavior health clinicians, three registered dieticians, and a research coordinator.

Our group is highly trained and experienced in treating all types of pediatric gastrointestinal conditions and diseases. In caring for our patients, our staff considers the social, emotional and nutritional needs of each child. We also recognize and support research to prevent, diagnose, and treat multiple gastrointestinal health problems in children.


East Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) is proud to have a stand-alone endoscopy suite, which is one of the few in the country solely dedicated to children. This endoscopy suite was named in honor of Dr. Al-Tawil due to his dedication and diligence in providing excellent care to area children. The suite is supported by multiple pediatric specialists that include surgeons, anesthesiologists, intensive care specialists, radiologists, hematologists, and other specialists on call to help our team of gastroenterologists manage and care for these children.

The infusion department is located in our clinic to provide Remicade infusions and Humira treatments that reduce hospital visits and exposure to illness or disease. The infusion room is equipped with a TV, comfortable reclining chairs and an experienced infusion nurse, making treatment as pleasant as possible.

Inpatient care is provided while the child is in the hospital by a team that includes a nurse practitioner and a pediatric GI physician.

Transitions: Behavior Health Center for Kids. Our psychologists provide support to patients and families with issues related to gastrointestinal diseases and other general behavioral issues.

Bee Fit 4 Kids - is a weight management program for overweight and obese children and teenagers. Bee Fit involves individual counseling sessions to discuss healthy dietary habits with Pediatric Gastroenterologists, Registered Dietitians, and a Psychologist if needed to ensure a successful weight loss journey.

KidsFACT – is a support group for patients with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis. Each year, a fund raising event such as a rodeo, golf tournament, or family fall fest raises awareness and support for kids and their families living with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis.

Celi-Act – and Celiac Disease/Gluten Intolerance is a support group, organized by one of the dieticians, for individuals with Celiac disease. Our practice sponsors one of the largest vendor fairs in North America for celiac disease and gluten free foods each year with 75 plus vendors and 2,000 plus individuals and families attending.

The Developmental Feeding Clinic – Partnering and collaborating with Dr. Nadine Trainer at ETCH’s Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehab clinic, GI for Kids’ Dr. Al-Tawil and one of our dietitians, Ashley Treadway, developed the Feeding Clinic. The Feeding Clinic addresses and treats children with feeding difficulties due to neonatal abstinence syndrome, premature birth, neurodevelopmental delay, and sensory integration disorder.

GI for Kids Newsletter is a quarterly publication sent to area physicians that features different topics, including related resources offered by our practice.

Office hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, exclusive of holidays. We can be reached at (865) 546-3998. We accommodate referrals, new patient consultations, and second opinions and we communicate our advice to the patient’s primary care physicians.

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