UC San Diego School of Medicine Names Feldstein as New Division Chief for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition

Ariel Feldstein, MD

July 1st, La Jolla, CA – The Department of Pediatrics, UC San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego, names Ariel Feldstein, MD, as the Division Chief for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition.

“UC San Diego is renowned for its innovation and entrepreneurial spirit both nationally and internationally,” says Feldstein. “It is very exciting to be among some of the world’s best university faculty and healthcare providers.”

Feldstein joins the Department of Pediatrics from the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was the Director of Research for the Pediatric Institute.

After medical school at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Feldstein completed his pediatric residency, gastroenterology fellowship and postdoctoral research fellowship in liver pathobiology at the Mayo Clinic in 2004. In addition to serving as Research Director, he was Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and Staff in Cell Biology and Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Cleveland Clinic.

Highly regarded as a leading physician scientist in the field of Pediatric Hepatology, Feldstein’s work has encompassed very fundamental mechanisms of liver injury by fatty acids to human translational endeavors. He has pioneered the development of non-invasive tests for assessing liver damage in patients with liver disease and holds patents for these markers.

“My main goal over the next 5 years is to make the Pediatric GI Division at UC San Diego and Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego one of the top five centers in the country,” Feldstein shares. “By strengthening our clinical expertise, cutting edge research, and educational activities, we hope to continue to provide excellent care to the community, and attract the next generation of clinical leaders and investigators to the Division.”

Feldstein has published extensively in high impact journals, including articles in Nature, Journal of Clinical Investigation, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Gut, Journal of Hepatology and Journal of Biological Chemistry. Currently, Feldstein is an Associate Editor of Seminars in Liver Disease and has served in other editorial positions in some of the premier journals in the field of Gastroenterology and Hepatology including the Journal of Hepatology, and the Journal of Digestive Diseases and Sciences. Feldstein’s work has been recognized by many awards, including AGA Research Scholar Award, the Research Excellence in GI and Liver (REGAL) Award, The Cleveland Clinic Innovator Award, Best Doctors in America, America’s Top Pediatricians, and Who's Who in Science and Engineering, among others.

Written by: Shivani Singh, M.S., Sr. Writer, Dept of Pediatrics, UC San Diego, Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego