Issam El-Halabi, MD, has been practicing pediatric gastroenterology for nearly three decades. Taking care of patients is his passion. 
As a parent to three children, he knows the importance of approaching patient care from a parent’s perspective. He is sure to spend as much time as possible with patients and families because every minute spent with them helps him better understand why they are seeking care.  He reviews his patients’ comments and feedback on regular basis so that he can learn how to be a better physician. As an educator, he passes this approach to the many gastroenterologists he has trained over the years. 
In his spare time, he likes to exercise and be active. He believes that healthy body is a prerequisite for a healthy mind.

Education & Training

Medical School

University of Jordan



  • The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics


Pediatric Gastroenterology

  • University of Oklahoma Health Science Center


American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics/Gastroenterology


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Academic Information

Professor of Pediatrics
Vice Chairman for Clinical Affairs
Division Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Medical Director, Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Clinic


400 N Keene St
Suite 110H
Columbia, MO 65201
United States

Research Interests

  • Celiac Disease
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
  • Gastrointestinal Motility

Areas of Expertise

  • Pediatric gastroenterology training
  • General pediatric training
  • Diagnosis and treatment of:
    • crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, eosinophilic esophagitis, gastroesophageal reflux disease, chronic abdominal pain, chronic diarrhea, tube feedings
  • Procedures:
    • endoscopy, colonoscopy, polypectomy, esophageal dilatation, varecyal banding, peg tube placement

Awards & Honors

  • “Twelfths Annual Department of Pediatrics OUHSC Research day”, Oklahoma City, March 2018. Best Poster Award
  • “Best Teacher Award” February 2018/ University of Oklahoma
  • “Top Pediatrician” IAP 11/2017
  • “America’s Top gastroenterologists 2009”
  • “America’s Top Physicians”/ Consumer’s Research Council of America (7/ 2008)
  • “Clinical Practice Committee” /North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology (NASPGHAN) 10/2016- 10/2019
  • “Professional Development Committee” / North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology (NASPGHAN) 10/2005- 10/2007
  • “International committee”/ NASPGHAN


  • Maryam Shambyati, DO, Jeremy Johnson, MD, Issam Halabi, MD. The first reported Pediatric case of Killian-Jamieson Diverticulum. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 22 (2017) 42-43
  • Asiya Shakir, MD, Faridali Ramji, MD, Issam Halabi, MD. Penny for your thoughts; a coin in the stomach: Why did it get stuck? Hospital Pediatrics. Volume 7, Issue 5, May 2017, 1-3


  • Muhammad Shaukat, Muhammad Mahmood, Sepideh Asadbiegi, Issam Halabi, Zhongxin Yu. “Pseudopapillary Neoplasm of the Pancreas: Clinico-Radiological-Pathological Characteristics of Four Pediatric Cases”. Pancreas Journal. Submitted 6/2019
  • Shambyati M, Halabi I: OSTEOPATHIC FINDINGS AND TREATMENT IN CHILDREN WITH ABDOMINAL PAIN: A PILOT STUDY. American Journal of Osteopathic Medicine (AJOA -Submitted 7/2019)
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