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Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

The Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition for Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates is dedicated to providing compassionate and quality medical care to diagnose and treat gastrointestinal (GI), liver and nutritional conditions in children. Led by Dr. Ilana Fortgang, a specialist in Pediatric Gastroenterology, our team is prepared to offer state-of-the-art solutions to your child’s specific needs.

Dr. Fortgang loves working with children and she is fascinated by the field of pediatric gastroenterology. After completing her training in Pediatric Gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in 2007, she served as Chief of Pediatric Gastro­enterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Tulane before joining Metropolitan Gastroenterology Associates in 2016. Dr. Fortgang manages a complete range of pediatric GI disorders from liver disease to functional abdominal pain. She has been board certified in pediatrics and is board certified in pediatric gastroenterology.

Dr. Fortgang feels extremely fortunate to provide the highest level of care to the newest generation of New Orleanians across the metro area. She looks forward to serving your child’s specific gastrointestinal needs and bringing comfort and healing. Please click here to request an appointment.

Conditions We Treat

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Feeding difficulties
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Failure to thrive
  • Heartburn

Diseases We Treat

  • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD): Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis
  • Liver disease (including fatty liver, binary atresia, hepatitis)
  • Celiac disease
  • Eosinophilic esophagitis
  • Juvenile polyposis
  • H. pylori infection
  • Pancreatitis
  • Short gut
  • Gastroesophageal reflux
  • Liver transplantation
  • Malabsorption
  • Nutrition

Services We Provide

Upper Endoscopy

Your primary care physician may recommend that your child have an upper endoscopy. This is a sedated procedure used to determine the cause of gastrointestinal disorders and symptoms including acid reflux, heartburn, swallowing difficulties, and upper abdominal pain. An upper endoscopy allows Dr. Fortgang to examine the lining of the upper part of the gastrointestinal tract, which includes the esophagus, stomach and duodenum (first portion of the small intestine).

An upper endoscopy uses a tiny video camera and light on the end of the endoscope. A high-quality picture is shown on a TV monitor to give clear and detailed view of the upper gastrointestinal tract lining. This is a safe and effective way to diagnose conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), ulcers, tumors, and celiac disease. Upper endoscopy can also help treat some conditions such as bleeding ulcers or strictures.


If your child is experiencing abdominal cramping, blood in the stool, unexplained weight loss, or unexplained anemia, your child’s primary care physician may recommend a colonoscopy. This sedated test allows Dr. Fortgang to look inside the colon to better understand and treat your child's problem. A lit, flexible tube called a colonoscope is inserted into the rectum to examine the entire length of the colon. A tiny video camera on the end of the colonoscope projects a high-quality image of the intestinal wall on a TV monitor. Dr. Fortgang will recommend treatment based upon the findings of the colonoscopy.

Fecal Microbial Transplant

Antibiotics can destroy many of the beneficial bacteria in the digestive tract. Fecal transplantation is a treatment for recurrent C. difficile colitis. Also known as C. diff, this condition is associated with abdominal cramping, diarrhea and fever. When targeted antibiotic therapy is not effective, Dr. Fortgang will use a colonoscope to deliver donor stool into the colon. The donor stool will initiate the culture of healthy gut bacteria to boost immunity and prevent recurrence of C. difficile. This is a sedated procedure, and children usually have no memory of the procedure.

Nutrition Counseling

Poor nutrition can lead to a variety of problems in children, from failure to thrive to excessive weight gain and obesity. Dr. Fortgang’s nutrition counseling will educate you and your child about establishing good eating habits that will last a lifetime.