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SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital

Passeig Sant Joan de Déu, 2, 08950 Esplugues de Llobregat

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Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
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At the Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Paediatric Nutrition Department we treat all manner of digestive tract and liver conditions, as well as nutritional problems.

We treat children with complex illnesses, with motility problems, metabolic disorders, hepatic disorders, inflammatory bowel disease and eosinophilic oesophagitis, among other conditions. We also treat patients with common gastrointestinal problems, such as gastroesophageal reflux and abdominal pain.

We are frequently asked for second opinions on children who present with digestive symptoms (vomiting, diarrhoea, constipation, abdominal pain, growth and development problems), but for which no clear diagnosis is available.

Why SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital?

Multidisciplinary approach to different diseases

We participate actively in many of the SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital's multidisciplinary units to enhance our approach to digestive and nutritional pathologies.

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Diagnostic tests adapted for children

We adapt the procedures to the characteristics of the pediatric patient.

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Wide-ranging experience

We visit more than 10,000 patients a year, or approximately 40 a day .

Specialities and services

We care for patients with complex pathologies thanks to a multidisciplinary team made up of gastroenterologists, nurses, psychologists, dieticians, surgeons and social workers.

Together with the Neurology Department, we lead the Congenital Metabolic Diseases Unit, where we treat patients with any of these genetic conditions.

Pathologies we treat

Inflammatory bowel disease
Digestive motility disorders
Oropharyngeal dysphagia
Eosinophilic oesophagitis
Liver and biliary tract disease
Coeliac disease
Cystic fibrosis
Eating disorders
Pancreatic diseases
Cyclical vomiting
Corrosive oesophagitis
Chronic diarrhoea
Various malabsorption syndromes
Recurrent abdominal pain
Gastritis caused by Helicobacter pylori
Gastric and duodenal ulcer disease
Post-gastrectomy syndromes
Nutritional therapy in chronic diseases
Familial polyposis syndromes
Functional gastrointestinal disorders
Morbid obesity

Tests we run

Upper and lower gastrointestinal endoscopy, both diagnostic and therapeutic
24-hour oesophageal impedance-pH monitoring
Oesophageal and anorectal manometry
Glucose hydrogen breath test
C13-urea breath test
Percutaneous liver biopsy
Nutritional assessment
Indirect calorimetry
Artificial nutrition (enteral and parenteral)
Videoendoscopy for swallowing

Our professionals

Our goal is to take a comprehensive approach to treating children with nutritional and digestive conditions

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José Vicente Arcos Machancoses
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Gemma Pujol Muncunill
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Cristina Molera Bussoms
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Camila García Volpe
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Silvia Meavilla Olivas, pediatra, Hospital Sant Joan de Déu Barcelona
Silvia Meavilla Olivas
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Mariela de Los Santos de Pelegrín
Paediatrician specialist in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Alejandra Gutiérrez Sánchez
Paediatric dietician-nutritionist
Natalia Egea Castillo
Paediatric dietician-nutritionist
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María Dolores García Arenas
Paediatric dietician-nutritionist
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Raquel García Ezquerra
Speech therapist
Magda Boltá Fisas
Paediatric nurse
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Adela Márquez Haro
Paediatric nurse


  • Verónica Padilla


  • Dolores Tallón Gómez

Healthy vegetarian family food

Healthy vegetarian family food


The professionals in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital mostly perform clinical research . We also participate in basic research projects in collaboration with other centres, such as IDIBAPS (Augusto Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute).

Lines of research

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Eosinophilic oesophagitis
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Functional gastrointestinal disorders
  • Coeliac disease


SJD Barcelona Children's Hospital is a university hospital affiliated with the University of Barcelona, and so we share our knowledge and train professionals to specialise in high-complexity medicine.

Master's in Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Together with the University of Barcelona, we offer comprehensive training in this specialty, actively participating in all care, teaching and research activities. This includes learning exploratory methods.

  • Duration: 2 courses
  • Management: Dr Franscisco Javier Martín Carpi
  • Accreditation: 126 ECTS credits

Other courses

  • Annual specialised course: Advances in paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.
  • Course on oropharyngeal dysphagia.
  • Specialised conferences on practical nutrition.
  • Refresher course for primary care paediatricians.
  • Informative and outreach conferences for different groups of conditions (inflammatory bowel disease, metabolic disorders, etc.)