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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 298
  1. Patel PV, Pantell MS, Heyman MB, Verstraete S. Depression Predicts Prolonged Length of Hospital Stay in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 Jun 28. View in PubMed
  2. Weiss P, Myers AL, McGann KA, Mason KE, Kesselheim JC, Fleming G, Barron C, Klasner A, Heyman MB, Weiss DL, Mauer E, Gerber LM, Abramson EL. Funding Sources and Perceived Financial Insecurity in Pediatric Subspecialty Fellowship Programs. Acad Pediatr. 2019 Jun 11. View in PubMed
  3. Liu QY, Abu-El-Haija M, Husain SZ, Barth B, Bellin M, Fishman DS, Freedman SD, Gariepy CE, Giefer MJ, Gonska T, Heyman MB, Himes R, Lin TK, Maqbool A, Mascarenhas M, McFerron BA, Morinville VD, Nathan JD, Ooi CY, Perito ER, Pohl JF, Rhee S, Schwarzenberg SJ, Shah U, Troendle D, Werlin SL, Wilschanski M, Zimmerman MB, Lowe ME, Uc A. Risk Factors for Rapid Progression From Acute Recurrent to Chronic Pancreatitis in Children: Report From INSPPIRE. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 May 23. View in PubMed
  4. Turner D, Griffiths AM, Wilson D, Mould DR, Baldassano RN, Russell RK, Dubinsky M, Heyman MB, de Ridder L, Hyams J, Martin de Carpi J, Conklin L, Faubion WA, Koletzko S, Bousvaros A, Ruemmele FM. Designing clinical trials in paediatric inflammatory bowel diseases: a PIBDnet commentary. Gut. 2019 Apr 12. View in PubMed
  5. Schwarzenberg SJ, Uc A, Zimmerman B, Wilschanski M, Wilcox CM, Whitcomb DC, Werlin SL, Troendle D, Tang G, Slivka A, Singh VK, Sherman S, Shah U, Sandhu BS, Romagnuolo J, Rhee S, Pohl JF, Perito ER, Ooi CY, Nathan JD, Muniraj T, Morinville VD, McFerron B, Mascarenhas M, Maqbool A, Liu Q, Lin TK, Lewis M, Husain SZ, Himes R, Heyman MB, Guda N, Gonska T, Giefer MJ, Gelrud A, Gariepy CE, Gardner TB, Freedman SD, Forsmark CE, Fishman DS, Cote GA, Conwell D, Brand RE, Bellin M, Barth B, Banks PA, Anderson MA, Amann ST, Alkaade S, Abu-El-Haija M, Abberbock JN, Lowe ME, Yadav D. Chronic Pancreatitis: Pediatric and Adult Cohorts Show Similarities in Disease Progress Despite Different Risk Factors. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2019 Apr; 68(4):566-573. View in PubMed
  6. Hyams JS, Davis Thomas S, Gotman N, Haberman Y, Karns R, Schirmer M, Mo A, Mack DR, Boyle B, Griffiths AM, LeLeiko NS, Sauer CG, Keljo DJ, Markowitz J, Baker SS, Rosh J, Baldassano RN, Patel A, Pfefferkorn M, Otley A, Heyman M, Noe J, Oliva-Hemker M, Rufo PA, Strople J, Ziring D, Guthery SL, Sudel B, Benkov K, Wali P, Moulton D, Evans J, Kappelman MD, Marquis MA, Sylvester FA, Collins MH, Venkateswaran S, Dubinsky M, Tangpricha V, Spada KL, Saul B, Wang J, Serrano J, Hommel K, Marigorta UM, Gibson G, Xavier RJ, Kugathasan S, Walters T, Denson LA. Clinical and biological predictors of response to standardised paediatric colitis therapy (PROTECT): a multicentre inception cohort study. Lancet. 2019 04 27; 393(10182):1708-1720. View in PubMed
  7. Somineni HK, Venkateswaran S, Kilaru V, Marigorta UM, Mo A, Okou DT, Kellermayer R, Mondal K, Cobb D, Walters TD, Griffiths A, Noe JD, Crandall WV, Rosh JR, Mack DR, Heyman MB, Baker SS, Stephens MC, Baldassano RN, Markowitz JF, Dubinsky MC, Cho J, Hyams JS, Denson LA, Gibson G, Cutler DJ, Conneely KN, Smith AK, Kugathasan S. Blood-Derived DNA Methylation Signatures of Crohn's Disease and Severity of Intestinal Inflammation. Gastroenterology. 2019 Jun; 156(8):2254-2265.e3. View in PubMed
  8. Hagiwara SI, Hasdemir B, Heyman MB, Chang L, Bhargava A. Plasma Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Receptors and B7-2? Extracellular Vesicles in Blood Correlate with Irritable Bowel Syndrome Disease Severity. Cells. 2019 Jan 30; 8(2). View in PubMed
  9. Haberman Y, Karns R, Dexheimer PJ, Schirmer M, Somekh J, Jurickova I, Braun T, Novak E, Bauman L, Collins MH, Mo A, Rosen MJ, Bonkowski E, Gotman N, Marquis A, Nistel M, Rufo PA, Baker SS, Sauer CG, Markowitz J, Pfefferkorn MD, Rosh JR, Boyle BM, Mack DR, Baldassano RN, Shah S, Leleiko NS, Heyman MB, Grifiths AM, Patel AS, Noe JD, Aronow BJ, Kugathasan S, Walters TD, Gibson G, Thomas SD, Mollen K, Shen-Orr S, Huttenhower C, Xavier RJ, Hyams JS, Denson LA. Ulcerative colitis mucosal transcriptomes reveal mitochondriopathy and personalized mechanisms underlying disease severity and treatment response. Nat Commun. 2019 01 03; 10(1):38. View in PubMed
  10. Krishnakumar C, Ballengee CR, Liu C, Kim MO, Baker SS, Baldassano RN, Cohen SA, Crandall WV, Denson LA, Dubinsky MC, Evans J, Gokhale R, Griffiths A, Guthery SL, Oliva-Hemker M, Heyman MB, Keljo D, Kellermayer R, Leleiko NS, Mack DR, Markowitz JF, Moulton DE, Noe JD, Otley AR, Patel AS, Pfefferkorn M, Rabizadeh S, Rosh JR, Snapper S, Walters TD, Ziring D, Mondal K, Kappelman MD, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S. Variation in Care in the Management of Children With Crohn's Disease: Data From a Multicenter Inception Cohort Study. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2019 Jan 02. View in PubMed
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