The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is a world-class academic program, which has established a superlative national and international reputation for its achievements in clinical and laboratory based research, postgraduate training and clinical care. Prior to 1994, the division was comprised of two distinct entities, namely the Division of Gastroenterology and the Division of Clinical Nutrition. First established in the 1960's, under the able leadership of Drs. Andrew Sass-Kortsak and Richard Hamilton, the Division of Gastroenterology quickly emerged as a world-class, academically focused sub-specialty. The Division of Clinical Nutrition has a shorter, but equally impressive history. Due largely to the desire to clearly delineate and establish clinical nutrition as a medical/surgical discipline at SickKids, Dr. Paul Pencharz was recruited in 1978, to lead the newly formed division. Both former divisions adopted an “integrated” academic model with combined clinical, educational and academic goals and objectives; thus, the former Division Chiefs of each division assumed combined responsibilities under the umbrella of the Department of Paediatrics and the Research Institute. In 1993, the two divisions were amalgamated under the leadership of Dr. Peter Durie. Dr. Durie led the division between 1993 and 1998.
In July 1998, Dr. Stanley Zlotkin was appointed Division Head for a five-year term, and subsequently, in 2003, was reappointed for another five years. Dr. Zlotkin's vision for the division includes strengthening of the academic focus by: (i) the strategic recruitment of academic specialists to meet the clinical/academic focus of the Division; (ii) integration with the transplant program (in research as well as clinical activities); and (iii) upgrading the skills and resposibilities of nurses and dietitians in the division's clinical program.