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Sean Moore Named Division Director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Sean Moore, MD, MS

Sean Moore, MD, MS, a board-certified pediatrician and pediatric gastroenterologist, has been named the Mitchell Cohen chair and division director of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Cincinnati Children’s.

Moore was selected after an extensive national search chaired by Prasad Devarajan, MD, director of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension, and Karen Jerardi, MD, MEd, interim co-director of the Division of Hospital Medicine. Moore will begin this role on July 15. 

A physician-scientist who trained in pediatrics, gastroenterology, global health and cell biology, Moore returns to Cincinnati Children’s from the University of Virginia, where he has served as professor of Pediatrics and chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition since 2020. He is also co-director of the TransUniversity Microbiome Initiative, a Vivian Pinn Scholar, core director of Pilot Translational and Clinical Studies for the integrated Translational Health Research Institute of Virginia (iTHRIV), and director of the Pendleton Infectious Disease Laboratory. From 2009 to 2016, he worked in Cincinnati Children’s Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition as an assistant professor, associate professor and associate director, Global Research Office.

In addition to his clinical work, Moore is an investigator on several NIH and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards focusing on enteric microbes, gut health, immunity and nutrition.  

“Sean is the ideal leader for the division,” says Paul Spearman, MD, vice chair for Clinical and Translational Research and Education in the Cincinnati Children’s Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. “He is very familiar with our culture of innovation, and he brings strengths in research, clinical care, education and advocacy. Sean has outstanding leadership and communication skills. He truly wants everyone to succeed and cares deeply about improving the lives of children in Cincinnati and globally.”   

As division director, Moore will shape and implement a long-term plan, encompassing education, research, community engagement and the clinical enterprise. He will foster and support an environment of robust extramurally funded research excellence and inspire innovative discoveries through multi-disciplinary team science across the division, the Digestive Health Center, Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati. Moore will build upon our state-of-the-art clinical care programs, addressing both the needs of children in our community and region, and complex referrals from across the nation and internationally. He will also work to hire and retain the very best talent through research collaborations, investment, and the creation of a satisfying working environment with a shared vision of success, promoting inclusion and diversity both internally and externally. 

“This truly is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to change the outcomes together for children with digestive disease, here and everywhere,” says Moore. “My wife and I are delighted to be coming home to the place where we welcomed our three wonderful children to the world and rejoining an institution totally dedicated to a better future for all children.” 

After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in chemistry-biology from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY, Moore earned a master’s degree in epidemiology from the University of Virginia and an MD from Johns Hopkins University. Moore then completed a residency in pediatrics and fellowship in gastroenterology and nutrition, both at the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt. He joined the University of Virginia in 2016 as director of research for the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.  

The Mitchell Cohen chair is named after Mitchell Cohen, MD, a longtime Cincinnati Children’s faculty member and past division director. Cohen, a national leader in pediatric medicine and an internationally renowned specialist in children’s digestive disorders, now serves as chair of the UAB Department of Pediatrics in the University of Alabama School of Medicine and physician-in-chief of Children’s of Alabama. 

Conrad Cole, MD, MPH, director of the Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, and Lee Denson, MD, director of the Schubert-Martin Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, have served as interim co-directors of the division since summer 2022.  

“We want to express our sincere gratitude to Conrad and Lee for their service and contributions to the division,” notes Spearman. “They have continued and even expanded the great work in the division during their time as interim co-directors.” 

Our gastroenterology and GI surgery programs are ranked No. 2 in the nation in the 2023-24 list of Best Children’s Hospitals published by U.S. News & World Report.