An international expert in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, Dr. Marvin Ament joined Children’s Hospital in December 2010. Board certified in pediatrics and pediatric gastroenterology, Dr. Ament is the medical director of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition. One of the recognized founders of the pediatric gastroenterology subspecialty in the United States, Dr. Ament established one of the premier training programs and has trained over 100 individuals in pediatric gastroenterology during his 38-year career at UCLA.
Dr. Ament developed many of the tools and therapies now accepted as standard practice in pediatric gastroenterology. He is responsible for initially developing a pediatric small bowel biopsy instrument during his early years of training. He pioneered the development of flexible fiber optic upper and lower intestinal endoscopes for infants and children and is recognized as one of the authorities in this field. Dr. Ament was foremost in the recognition of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) in infants and children and was one of the early pioneers in developing the instrumentation for the evaluation of GERD.
Dr. Ament received his medical degree from the University of Minnesota Medical School in Minneapolis, Minn. He completed a pediatric residency at UCLA and received his training in gastroenterology in the department of internal medicine at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, Wash., at a time when there was no pediatric gastroenterology subspecialty.
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