The mission of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is to advance understanding of normal development, physiology and pathophysiology of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in children, improve quality of care by fostering the dissemination of this knowledge through scientific meetings, professional and public education, and policy development, and serve as an effective voice for members and the profession.”
NASPGHAN, founded in 1972, is the only society in North America and the largest in the world, dedicated to serving the Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition communities. NASPGHAN was established to advance the understanding of the normal development and physiology of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in infants, children, and adolescents, and to foster the dissemination of this knowledge through scientific meetings, professional education, public education, and interaction with other organizations concerned with Pediatric Gastroenterology and nutrition.
NASPGHAN has over 2300 members from the United States, Canada, Mexico and other countries. Seventy-five percent of members are pediatric gastroenterologists with the remainder hepatologists or nutritionists. Seventy percent of members are university based with 30% in practice as hospital employees or private practice. Leadership includes an Executive Council including the President, Past-President, Secretary-Treasurer and 7-8 Councilors including one each from Canada, Mexico and practice-based. There are 21 standing Committees including Advocacy, Clinical Care and Quality, Clinical Practice, Endoscopy, Ethics, Fellows, Finance, Hepatology, IBD, International, MOC Task Force, Neurogastroenterology, Nutrition, Practitioner’s Committee, Publications, Professional Education, Professional Development, Public Education, Research, Technology, and Training and 5 Special Interest Groups (SIG): Integrative Medicine, Global Health, Fecal Transplant, ERCP, and education.
In collaboration with ESPGHAN, we have a journal, Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (JPGN), published monthly which includes original articles, selected summaries, editorials and position statements of both societies. NASPGHAN supports a robust program for trainees with conferences designed to support the needs of residents interested in pediatric gastroenterology as well as 1st, 2nd and 3rd year fellows’ conferences and NASGPHAN Nutrition University (N2U) focusing on nutrition for fellows, dietitians and entry level faculty. We sponsor an Annual Meeting and Post Graduate Course in collaboration with partners including Council for Pediatric Nutrition Professionals (CPNP) and the Association for Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Nurses (APGNN0 and psychologists and Symposia on a variety of topics including IBD and pancreatology. In collaboration with the NASPGHAN Foundation, we support educational programs for the patients and their families on our website GIKIDS.org. NASPGHAN advocates for issues relevant to our patient populations and through NASPGHAN Foundation, provides grants supporting career development of our members.