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Barbara McElhanon, MD

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Medical Director, Children’s Multidisciplinary Feeding Program
Pediatric Gastroenterologist, Children’s Physician Group
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Associate Professor
Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Department of Pediatrics
Emory University School of Medicine

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Dr. McElhanon cares for children with all GI diseases in clinic and the hospital; teaches medical students, residents and fellows; and is one of two gastroenterologists in the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Aerodigestive Program. Her passion is leading the medical team in the Feeding Program, doing research in feeding and associated nutritional disorders, seeing and studying encopresis in children with autism, and treating GI disorders in patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Dr. McElhanon has a weekly GI Clinic dedicated to patients with autism located at Marcus Autism Center. She also cares for patients in the Feeding Program at the Center for Advanced Pediatrics and Marcus Autism Center.


Dr. McElhanon's research examines the prevalence and topography of clinical concerns and interventions in children with autism, as well as children with feeding disorders, with the goal of creating better treatments and standardizing care. This includes meta-analyses, prospective data collection, as well as randomized blinded clinical controlled trial for novel treatments.

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