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Melvin B. Heyman, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics
Director, Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program 

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Academic Office
Melvin B Heyman, MD, MPH
500 Parnassus Ave, MU 4-East
Campus Box 0136
University of California, San Francisco
San Francisco, CA   94143-0136
mheyman@peds.ucsf.edu
Intestinal Rehabilitation and Transplantation Program
400 Parnassus Ave., 2nd Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (877) 762-6935

Gastroenterology and Liver
400 Parnassus Ave., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2813
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  • UCLA School of Medicine 1976
  • LAC/USC Medical Center, Pediatrics 1979
  • UCLA Medical Center, Gastroenterology and Nutrition 1981
  • American Board of Pediatrics, General Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology Subspecialty

Dr. Melvin B. Heyman, chief of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital, specializes in treating children with inflammatory bowel disease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and nutrition-related problems. He earned a medical degree at UCLA and completed a pediatric residency at Los Angeles County-University of Southern California Medical Center. He also completed postdoctoral training in nutrition, earned a master's degree in public health, and completed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at UCLA. In 1981, he joined UCSF, where he organized the pediatric nutrition support service and established protocols for pediatric gastroenterology.

A UCSF professor of pediatrics, Dr. Heyman is chair of the executive committee of the Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He also serves on many local and national committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics' Task Force on Prevention of Obesity in School Health (POSH),  and the National Board of the National PTA. Dr. Heyman has an active role in teaching at all levels. He is the principal investigator for the NIH Training Grant that funds the Training Program in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at UCSF.

Dr. Heyman's research has been oriented towards clinical problems in pediatric patients with nutrition and/or gastroenterologic issues. He was one of the first investigators to reveal the importance of nutrition support in sickle cell anemia, helped to develop procedures in the diagnosis of hepatobiliary problems in infants, and has been actively pursuing novel treatments for children with inflammatory bowel disease and gastroesophageal reflux disease.

His research has been funded by the NIH, by foundation grants, and by pharmaceutical and formula industry support.  His recent research has been evolving into investigation of obesity in infancy and in school age children.  With other members of COAST, he is looking at the effects of acculturation in the Latino and the Chinese populations in San Francisco.  He is also very actively involved in developing strategies to improve nutrition and physical activities in public schools.

Most recent publications from a total of 236
  1. Gariepy CE, Heyman MB, Lowe ME, Pohl JF, Werlin SL, Wilschanski M, Barth B, Fishman DS, Freedman SD, Giefer MJ, Gonska T, Himes R, Husain SZ, Morinville VD, Ooi CY, Schwarzenberg SJ, Troendle DM, Yen E, Uc A. The Causal Evaluation of Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis in Children: Consensus From the INSPPIRE Group. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Oct 25. View in PubMed
  2. Usatin D, Fernandes M, Allen IE, Perito ER, Ostroff J, Heyman MB. Complications of Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Pediatric Patients; A Systematic Literature Review and Meta-Analysis. J Pediatr. 2016 Dec; 179:160-165.e3. View in PubMed
  3. Wojcicki JM, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Early exclusive breastfeeding is associated with longer telomeres in Latino preschool children. Am J Clin Nutr. 2016 Aug; 104(2):397-405. View in PubMed
  4. Winger BA, Foy E, Sud SR, MacKenzie JD, Pua HH, Lau AH, Heyman MB, Laszik Z, Tureen J. Mycobacterium bovis Enterocolitis in an Immunocompromised Host. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Jul; 63(1):e17-9. View in PubMed
  5. Kumar S, Ooi CY, Werlin S, Abu-El-Haija M, Barth B, Bellin MD, Durie PR, Fishman DS, Freedman SD, Gariepy C, Giefer MJ, Gonska T, Heyman MB, Himes R, Husain SZ, Lin TK, Lowe ME, Morinville V, Palermo JJ, Pohl JF, Schwarzenberg SJ, Troendle D, Wilschanski M, Zimmerman MB, Uc A. Risk Factors Associated With Pediatric Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis: Lessons From INSPPIRE. JAMA Pediatr. 2016 Jun 1; 170(6):562-9. View in PubMed
  6. Hasdemir B, Mhaske P, Paruthiyil S, Garnett EA, Heyman MB, Matloubian M, Bhargava A. Sex- and corticotropin-releasing factor receptor 2- dependent actions of urocortin 1 during inflammation. Am J Physiol Regul Integr Comp Physiol. 2016 Jun 1; 310(11):R1244-57. View in PubMed
  7. Husain SZ, Morinville V, Pohl J, Abu-El-Haija M, Bellin MD, Freedman S, Hegyi P, Heyman MB, Himes R, Ooi CY, Schwarzenberg SJ, Usatin D, Uc A. Toxic-metabolic Risk Factors in Pediatric Pancreatitis: Recommendations for Diagnosis, Management, and Future Research. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Apr; 62(4):609-17. View in PubMed
  8. Wojcicki JM, Shiboski S, Heyman MB, Elwan D, Lin J, Blackburn E, Epel E. Telomere length change plateaus at 4 years of age in Latino children: associations with baseline length and maternal change. Mol Genet Genomics. 2016 Jun; 291(3):1379-89. View in PubMed
  9. Robson JO, Verstraete SG, Shiboski S, Heyman MB, Wojcicki JM. A Risk Score for Childhood Obesity in an Urban Latino Cohort. J Pediatr. 2016 May; 172:29-34.e1. View in PubMed
  10. Ting J, Wilson L, Schwarzenberg SJ, Himes R, Barth B, Bellin MD, Durie PR, Fishman DS, Freedman SD, Gariepy CE, Giefer MJ, Gonska T, Husain SZ, Kumar S, Morinville VD, Lowe ME, Ooi CY, Pohl JF, Troendle D, Usatin D, Werlin SL, Wilschanski M, Heyman MB, Uc A. Direct Costs of Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis in Children in the INSPPIRE Registry. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2016 Mar; 62(3):443-9. View in PubMed
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