Pediatric Guidelines Update Project

CVSA is happy to announce the plan to update the Pediatric Guidelines originally published in 2008 by NASPGHAN – North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition Consensus Statement on the Diagnosis and Management of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome. The committee has been formed and is headed by Katja Kovacic,M.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. Dr. Kovacic is the Director of the Pediatric CVS Clinic at Children’s Wisconsin and a Primary Medical Advisor to CVSA.

The original document played a crucial role in doctors being able to diagnose, treat, and manage CVS. It was pediatric focused, but up until 2019 (when the adult treatment guidelines were published), the pediatric guidelines were also the basis for treating adult CVS patients. With the adult treatment guidelines now in place, CVSA with advice from the CVSA medical advisors, felt it is time to update the pediatric guidelines.

The committee is hopeful this project will not take as long as the first edition, but still plan on a 3-year process. As many of you know from the first 5-year long process and the recent 4-year process for the adult guidelines, not only is writing formal treatment guidelines time consuming it is quite costly. CVSA has been approached to be the financial sponsor of this project. CVSA, with help from donors like you, solely financed both the 2008 guidelines and the adult guidelines project published in June of 2019.

Therefore, we are asking for your help supporting this next step in bringing up to date treatment and diagnosis information to the medical professionals, patients and families around the world.

Estimated Costs for the pediatric guidelines include, but are not limited to:

  • $10,000 for publication and open access. Open access with ensure that anyone can have access to this document
  • $20,000 for 3 in-person meetings. Our committee members live all over the US and Canada. This will cover all travel, lodging, and food for the committee members. The in-person meetings are a crucial part of the guidelines process because this is where most of the “work” is done. They are rare opportunities for the whole committee to get together face-to-face to focus on the guidelines.

100% of your donation to the pediatric guidelines campaign will go towards this project.

The committee members:

Katja Kovacic, M.D., Assistant Professor Pediatrics-GI, Medical College Wisconsin – Chair; Heidi Gamboa, D.O., Pediatric Gastroenterologist-Nickalus Children’s Hospital; Amy Gelfand, M.D., Associate Professor, University of California-San Francisco Weill Institute for Neurosciences; Robert Issenman, M.D., Professor Pediatrics, McMaster University; April J. Kam, M.D., Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics, McMaster University; B U.K. Li, M.D.,Professor of Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin; Sumit Parikh, M.D., John Rosen, M.D., Associate Professor of Pediatrics-GI, University of Missouri, Kansas City School of Medicine; Sally Tarbell, Ph.D, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.