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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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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
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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 133
  1. Lin TK, Abu-El-Haija M, Nathan JD, Palermo JP, Barth B, Bellin M, Fishman DS, Freedman SD, Gariepy CE, Giefer MJ, Gonska T, Heyman MB, Himes R, Husain SZ, Liu Q, Maqbool A, Mascarenhas M, McFerron B, Morinville VD, Ooi CY, Perito E, Pohl JF, Rhee S, Schwarzenberg SJ, Shah U, Troendle D, Werlin SL, Wilschanski M, Zimmerman MB, Lowe ME, Uc A. Pancreas Divisum in Pediatric Acute Recurrent and Chronic Pancreatitis: Report From INSPPIRE. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2018 Jun 02. View in PubMed
  2. Suh JH, Degagné É, Gleghorn EE, Setty M, Rodriguez A, Park KT, Verstraete SG, Heyman MB, Patel AS, Irek M, Gildengorin GL, Hubbard NE, Borowsky AD, Saba JD. Sphingosine-1-Phosphate Signaling and Metabolism Gene Signature in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Matched-case Control Pilot Study. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 May 18; 24(6):1321-1334. View in PubMed
  3. 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. Recommendations for Diagnosis and Management of Autoimmune Pancreatitis in Childhood: Consensus from INSPPIRE. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 May 09. View in PubMed
  4. Spencer EA, Davis SM, Mack DR, Boyle BM, Griffiths AM, LeLeiko NS, Sauer CG, Keljo DJ, Markowitz JF, Baker SS, Rosh JR, Baldassano RN, Oliva-Hemker M, Pfefferkorn MD, Otley AR, Heyman MB, Noe JD, Patel AS, Rufo PA, Alison Marquis M, Walters TD, Collins MH, Kugathasan S, Denson LA, Hyams JS, Dubinsky MC. Serologic Reactivity Reflects Clinical Expression of Ulcerative Colitis in Children. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Apr 30. View in PubMed
  5. Shaw KA, Cutler DJ, Okou D, Dodd A, Aronow BJ, Haberman Y, Stevens C, Walters TD, Griffiths A, Baldassano RN, Noe JD, Hyams JS, Crandall WV, Kirschner BS, Heyman MB, Snapper S, Guthery S, Dubinsky MC, Shapiro JM, Otley AR, Daly M, Denson LA, Kugathasan S, Zwick ME. Genetic variants and pathways implicated in a pediatric inflammatory bowel disease cohort. Genes Immun. 2018 Mar 28. View in PubMed
  6. Venkateswaran S, Prince J, Cutler DJ, Marigorta UM, Okou DT, Prahalad S, Mack D, Boyle B, Walters T, Griffiths A, Sauer CG, LeLeiko N, Keljo D, Markowitz J, Baker SS, Rosh J, Pfefferkorn M, Heyman MB, Patel A, Otley A, Baldassano R, Noe J, Rufo P, Oliva-Hemker M, Davis S, Zwick ME, Gibson G, Denson LA, Hyams J, Kugathasan S. Enhanced Contribution of HLA in Pediatric Onset Ulcerative Colitis. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Mar 19; 24(4):829-838. View in PubMed
  7. Ju AC, Heyman MB, Garber AK, Wojcicki JM. Maternal Obesity and Risk of Preterm Birth and Low Birthweight in Hawaii PRAMS, 2000-2011. Matern Child Health J. 2018 Mar 01. View in PubMed
  8. Denson LA, Jurickova I, Karns R, Shaw KA, Cutler DJ, Okou D, Dodd A, Quinn K, Mondal K, Aronow BJ, Haberman Y, Linn A, Price A, Bezold R, Lake K, Jackson K, Walters TD, Griffiths A, Baldassano RN, Noe JD, Hyams JS, Crandall WV, Kirschner BS, Heyman MB, Snapper S, Guthery SL, Dubinsky MC, Leleiko NS, Otley AR, Xavier RJ, Stevens C, Daly MJ, Zwick ME, Kugathasan S. Clinical and Genomic Correlates of Neutrophil Reactive Oxygen Species Production in Pediatric Patients with Crohn's Disease. Gastroenterology. 2018 Feb 15. View in PubMed
  9. Haberman Y, BenShoshan M, Di Segni A, Dexheimer PJ, Braun T, Weiss B, Walters TD, Baldassano RN, Noe JD, Markowitz J, Rosh J, Heyman MB, Griffiths AM, Crandall WV, Mack DR, Baker SS, Kellermayer R, Patel A, Otley A, Steiner SJ, Gulati AS, Guthery SL, LeLeiko N, Moulton D, Kirschner BS, Snapper S, Avivi C, Barshack I, Oliva-Hemker M, Cohen SA, Keljo DJ, Ziring D, Anikster Y, Aronow B, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S, Denson LA. Long ncRNA Landscape in the Ileum of Treatment-Naive Early-Onset Crohn Disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2018 Jan 18; 24(2):346-360. View in PubMed
  10. Hyams JS, Chan D, Adedokun OJ, Padgett L, Turner D, Griffiths A, Veereman G, Heyman MB, Rosh JR, Wahbeh G, Strauss R. Subcutaneous Golimumab in Pediatric Ulcerative Colitis: Pharmacokinetics and Clinical Benefit. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2017 Dec; 23(12):2227-2237. View in PubMed
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