My name is Ojasvini Choudhry Chandan and I am a Pediatric GI Assistant Professor here at Children’s.
I always knew I wanted to be a pediatrician from fairly early on. I liked GI a lot because I thought most of the patients I was seeing had some GI component to their problems. I felt like a lot of GI issues were misunderstood. I wanted to dig deeper, so that’s how I got interested in gastroenterology.
In the GI clinic, we see a lot of kids who have chronic abdominal pain. They’ve gone to different providers and have sometimes struggled with this belly pain that no one’s been able to figure out. They’ve missed school and activities and are just in this spiral of not feeling well.
I personally like treating inflammatory bowel disease — that’s sort of my area of interest within GI. So we see a lot of kids with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, and just a whole gamut of different GI diseases.
I think just talking to the kids, getting to know them, hearing their side of their problems, and just trying to understand how they look at the world is really fascinating. That’s why I love what I do.