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Wael N. Sayej, MD

Director, Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Allergic Gastrointestinal Disorders Center
Director, Video Capsule Endoscopy

Practice Name Connecticut Children's Specialty Group

BS, College of Mount Saint Vincent, 1996
MD, Our Lady of Fatima University College of Medicine, 2000
Pediatrics, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, 2004-2006
Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Women & Children’s Hospital of Buffalo, 2006-2009

Board Certifications
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Faculty Appointment

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, University of Connecticut School of Medicine

    Clinical Expertise

    Dr. Sayej’s main clinical interests include Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and allergic gastrointestinal disorders, aerodigestive disorders, capsule endoscopy, Celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease and gastrointestinal disorders in Cystic Fibrosis. His research is focused on the pathophysiology of Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Dr. Sayej is currently involved in translational research on EoE in collaboration with the immunology department at University of Connecticut that is focused on determining the pathophysiology of EoE and on potential biomarkers to diagnose and monitor the disease. He is also in the process of building a clinical database that will aid in developing a protocol to treat patients with EoE and will help monitor patients and improve their care.

    Selected Publications
    • Francisco A. Sylvester, Christopher Gromisch, Jeffrey S. Hyams, Donna Zeiter, Wael Sayej, Bella Zeisler, Karan Emerick, Evelyn Buckley, Marina L. Fernandez; “Evaluation of a 12-hour bowel preparation for colonoscopy with polyethylene glycol 3350 without electrolytes in children” Submitted to JPGN, December 2012.

    • Schaufler C, Lerer T, Campbell B, Weiss R, Cohen J, Sayej W., Hyams J.; “Pre-operative Immunosuppression is Not Associated with Increased Post-Operative Complications Following Colectomy in Children With Ulcerative Colitis” J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2012 Mar 2. [Epub ahead of print]

    • Raza Patel, Susan S. Baker, Wael N. Sayej and Robert Baker; “Two Cases of Helicobacter pylori-Negative Gastric Outlet Obstruction in Children”; Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine, vol. 2011, Article ID 749850, 3 pages, 2011.

    • Sayej, Wael N., Alkhouri, Razan, Baker, Robert D., Patel, Raza, Baker, Susan S., “Esophagitis in Children with Celiac Disease”; ISRN Gastroenterology, vol. 2011, Article ID 489065, 3 pages, 2011.

    • Susan S. Baker, MD, PhD, Howard Faden, MD, Wael Sayej, MD, Raza Patel, MD, and Robert D. Baker, MD, PhD; “Increasing Incidence of Community-Associated Atypical Clostridium difficile Disease in Children”; Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2010 Jul;49(7):644-7. Epub 2010 Feb 2011.

    • Sayej, W.; Patel, R.; Baker, R.; Tron, E.; Baker S.; “Treatment with High Dose Proton Pump Inhibitors Helps Distinguish Eosinophilic Esophagitis from Non-Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” J Pediat Gastroenterol Nutr 49(4):393-399, October 2009.

    • Sayej, W.; Baker, R.; Fisher, J.; Baker, S.; “Photo Quiz: Two Teens with Retrosternal Chest Pain and Odynophagia” – case report of two teens with Minocycline induced esophagitis. Consultant for Pediatricians, August 2008, Vol 7 No.8, Pages 329-334.

    • View Dr. Sayej’s ResearchGate profile

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