Sheela Mahendra, MD

Wheaton, Illinois

General Specialty

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Specialty Focus

Abdominal Pain
Celiac Disease
Crohn's Disease
Cystic Fibrosis
Eosinophilic Esophagitis
Failure To Thrive
Foreign Body Ingestions
Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Neonatal Cholestasis
Refeeding Syndrome
Rett Syndrome
Short Bowel Syndrome
Ulcerative Colitis

Professional specialization in Pediatric Gastroenterology and Pediatric Nutrition. Expertise in managing nutritional needs (enteral and parenteral) in medically complex patients. Expertise in esophagogastroduodenoscopies and colonoscopies with biopsies, foreign body removal in pediatric patients. Treat the following conditions: Failure to thrive/ Malnutrition, Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Short Bowel syndrome, Celiac disease, GERD, Abdominal pain, Aerodigestive disorders, Neonatal Cholestasis, Cystic Fibrosis- pancreatic insufficiency, liver disease.

  • Experienced speaker to public and medical professionals on topics in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition.
  • Golden Apple award recipient for Nutrition education for Pediatric Residency Program in 2019.



  • Shri Parvatibai College, Goa, India (Transfer credit to BS degree) 2000-2001
  • University of Missouri at Columbia, MO (Degree BS in Biological Sciences) 2001-2004
  • University of Missouri at Columbia School of Medicine, MO (Degree MD) 2004-2008
  • General Pediatric Residency 2008-2011

A I Dupont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE/

  • Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

A I DuPont Hospital for Children, Wilmington, DE



  • Pediatric Gastroenterology (2015), General Pediatrics (2012)
  • Certified Nutrition Support Physician
  • National Board of Physician Nutrition Specialists (2017)
  • Active State Medical Licenses: Illinois (2014)


Teaching Activities:
Actively engage in teaching medical students and pediatric residents in inpatient hospital rounds 1/3rd of the year and in clinic on a weekly basis as an academic physician.

Grand Rounds

  • Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (2020)

Presented at combined Rush and Stroger Grand Rounds in Chicago

  • Pediatric Malnutrition (2017)

Presented Grand Rounds at Norwegian Hospital, Chicago

  • How to Analyze and Interpret Growth? Can we catch Pediatric Malnutrition early? (2016)

Presented at combined Rush and Stroger Grand Rounds, Chicago

  • Rectal Bleeding (2013)

Presented at Pediatric Grand Rounds AI DuPont Hospital for Children, DE

Physician Lecturer for Pediatric Residents and Medical Students (2016 to present)

  • Pediatric Nutrition 101
  • Autism and Feeding Difficulties
  • Celiac Disease
  • Neonatal Cholestasis
  • Gastrostomy tube Inservice
  • Nutrition Jeopardy- Minerals and Vitamins
  • Gastrointestinal manifestations in Cystic Fibrosis
  • Pediatric Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Food Sensitivities
  • Pediatric Enteral Nutrition
  • Gastroenterology Board Review
  • Clinical Nutrition Topics
  • Infant Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease Pediatric Resident Noon Conference
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Invited Speaker

  • How to Analyze and Interpret Growth? Can we catch Pediatric Malnutrition Early? (2023).

Presented CME lecture to Department of Pediatrics at Rush Copley Medical Center Dept meeting. Attended by Pediatricians, Neonatologists and Nurses

  • Invited Speaker & Medical Expert Panel Member, Winter Seminar: Total Parenteral Nutrition (2019)


Procedure Expertise:

  • Esophagogastroduodenoscopy with Biopsies, Stricture Dilations
  • Colonoscopy with Biopsies, Polypectomy
  • Percutaneous Gastrostomy Tube Placement
  • Upper GI Foreign Body Removal in Pediatric Patients


Committees and Administrative Service:

1. Member, NASPGHAN Nutrition Committee (2017-2022)
The Nutrition Committee focuses on promoting education, research, quality of clinical care and advocacy in the field of clinical nutrition and nutrition science.
2. Consultant Physician at Rush University Medical Center, Inpatient Dietary/Nutritional Support Program (2015 – present)


Active Professional Society Memberships:

  • North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
  • Obesity Medicine

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