Nausea Program

Treating nausea in children can be difficult. That’s why the gastroenterologists in the Nausea Program at Children’s Hospital approach care with both traditional and integrative methods when other treatments may have failed.

We understand the difficulties of living with chronic nausea. Our expert team includes board certified gastroenterologists, nutritionists and mental health specialists who provide individualized and comprehensive care.

Patients must be referred by a specialist in gastroenterology or a family physician to be seen in our clinic.

Conditions We Treat

Meet Your Care Team

Alexandra C. Russell
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Alexandra C. RussellMD

    Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Sari A. Acra
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Sari A. AcraMD, MPH

    Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Why Choose the Nausea Program at Children's Hospital

  • Exclusive care

    We are the only pediatric gastroenterology program in the country with a dedicated and research-driven nausea program.

  • Qualified care

    Dr. Alexandra Russell's training in Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Integrative Medicine makes her uniquely qualified to provide holistic care for children with chronic nausea.

  • Leading-edge research

    Since 2017 we have advanced our understanding of chronic nausea through leading-edge research supported by the National Institutes of Health. We are now developing a new tool to measure nausea as a clinical trial. Access to this study is available to patients and their families if desired.

  • Whole-child care

    Chronic nausea can significantly affect daily functioning, school attendance and quality of life. Children with chronic nausea may experience anxiety and depression. That's why our  team includes clinical psychologists to help you and your child cope with illness while promoting positive health behaviors.

  • Personalized care

    Your child deserves considerate, comprehensive care. We offer 45-minute consultations with one-on-one attention. Your child's provider will take a detailed history, review all prior testing and work with you to develop an individualized treatment plan.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments, and services including:

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    Breath hydrogen testing
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    Gastric emptying scan
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    Impedence probe
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    Upper endoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD)


2200 Children's Way
Nashville, TN 37232
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.