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

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
  • Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Intestinal Failure
  • Intestinal Transplantation
  • Liver Transplantation
  • Short Bowel Syndrome

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 251
  1. Boyle B, Collins MH, Wang Z, Mack D, Griffiths A, Sauer C, Markowitz J, LeLeiko N, Keljo D, Rosh J, Baker SS, Pfefferkorn M, Heyman M, Patel A, Baldassano R, Noe J, Rufo P, Kugathasan S, Walters T, Denson L, Hyams J. Histologic Correlates of Clinical and Endoscopic Severity in Children Newly Diagnosed With Ulcerative Colitis. Am J Surg Pathol. 2017 Aug 31. View in PubMed
  2. Marigorta UM, Denson LA, Hyams JS, Mondal K, Prince J, Walters TD, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Rosh JR, Mack DR, Kellermayer R, Heyman MB, Baker SS, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Kim MO, Dubinsky MC, Cho J, Aronow BJ, Kugathasan S, Gibson G. Transcriptional risk scores link GWAS to eQTLs and predict complications in Crohn's disease. Nat Genet. 2017 Oct; 49(10):1517-1521. View in PubMed
  3. Beck AL, Heyman M, Chao C, Wojcicki J. Full fat milk consumption protects against severe childhood obesity in Latinos. Prev Med Rep. 2017 Dec; 8:1-5. View in PubMed
  4. Troendle DM, Fishman DS, Barth BA, Giefer MJ, Lin TK, Liu QY, Abu-El-Haija M, Bellin MD, Durie PR, Freedman SD, Gariepy C, Gonska T, Heyman MB, Himes R, Husain SZ, Kumar S, Lowe ME, Morinville VD, Ooi CY, Palermo J, Pohl JF, Schwarzenberg SJ, Werlin S, Wilschanski M, Zimmerman MB, Uc A. Therapeutic Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography in Pediatric Patients With Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis: Data From the INSPPIRE (INternational Study group of Pediatric Pancreatitis: In search for a cuRE) Study. Pancreas. 2017 Jul; 46(6):764-769. View in PubMed
  5. Heyman MB, Abrams SA. Fruit Juice in Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Current Recommendations. Pediatrics. 2017 Jun; 139(6). View in PubMed
  6. Giefer MJ, Lowe ME, Werlin SL, Zimmerman B, Wilschanski M, Troendle D, Schwarzenberg SJ, Pohl JF, Palermo J, Ooi CY, Morinville VD, Lin TK, Husain SZ, Himes R, Heyman MB, Gonska T, Gariepy CE, Freedman SD, Fishman DS, Bellin MD, Barth B, Abu-El-Haija M, Uc A. Early-Onset Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis Is Associated with PRSS1 or CTRC Gene Mutations. J Pediatr. 2017 Jul; 186:95-100. View in PubMed
  7. Scheers I, Palermo JJ, Freedman S, Wilschanski M, Shah U, Abu-El-Haija M, Barth B, Fishman DS, Gariepy C, Giefer MJ, Heyman MB, Himes RW, Husain SZ, Lin TK, Liu Q, Lowe M, Mascarenhas M, Morinville V, Ooi CY, Perito ER, Piccoli DA, Pohl JF, Schwarzenberg SJ, Troendle D, Werlin S, Zimmerman B, Uc A, Gonska T. Autoimmune Pancreatitis in Children: Characteristic Features, Diagnosis, and Management. Am J Gastroenterol. 2017 Apr 04. View in PubMed
  8. Usatin D, Fernandes M, Allen IE, Perito ER, Ostroff J, Heyman MB. Reply. J Pediatr. 2017 Jul; 186:216. View in PubMed
  9. Kugathasan S, Denson LA, Walters TD, Kim MO, Marigorta UM, Schirmer M, Mondal K, Liu C, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Snapper S, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Shapiro JM, Guthery S, Mack DR, Kellermayer R, Kappelman MD, Steiner S, Moulton DE, Keljo D, Cohen S, Oliva-Hemker M, Heyman MB, Otley AR, Baker SS, Evans JS, Kirschner BS, Patel AS, Ziring D, Trapnell BC, Sylvester FA, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Cho J, Xavier RJ, Huttenhower C, Aronow BJ, Gibson G, Hyams JS, Dubinsky MC. Prediction of complicated disease course for children newly diagnosed with Crohn's disease: a multicentre inception cohort study. Lancet. 2017 Apr 29; 389(10080):1710-1718. View in PubMed
  10. Schönning A, Karlén J, Frisk T, Heyman M, Svahn JE, Øra I, Kawan L, Holmqvist BM, Björklund C, Harila-Saari A, Ranta S. Venous thrombosis in children and adolescents with Hodgkin lymphoma in Sweden. Thromb Res. 2017 Apr; 152:64-68. View in PubMed
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