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Manu R. Sood, MBBS, FRCPCH, MD, MSc

Professor, Head and William H. Albers Endowed Chair in Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics



530 NE Glen Oak Avenue Peoria, IL 61637

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1987 – M.B.,B.S, Indira Gandhi Medical College, Shimla, India

1994 – M.R.C.P, Royal College of Physicians, London, UK

1997 – M.D. University of Manchester, UK

2002 – FRCPCH, Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health

2017 – Masters of Science in Healthcare Leadership & Management, UT Dallas

Research Interests

Pediatric gastrointestinal motility, swallowing and feeding disorders

Neurogastroenterology - recent focus has been brain processing of afferent gut input and brain neuromodulation as a treatment modality for pediatric functional gastrointestinal disorders

Selected Publications

  1. Kovacic K, Sood MR, Mugie S, MD, Di Lorenzo C, Nurko S, Heinz N, Ponnambalam A, Beesley C, Sanghavi, Silverman AH. A Multicenter Study on Childhood Constipation and Fecal Incontinence: Effects on Quality of Life. J Pediatr. 2015;166(6):1482-7
  2. Liu X, Silverman A, Kern M, Ward BD, Li SJ, Shaker R, Sood MR. Excessive coupling of the salience network with intrinsic neurocognitive brain networks during rectal distension in adolescents with irritable bowel syndrome: a preliminary report. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2016;28(1):43-53.
  3. Kovacic K, Hainsworth K, Sood M, Chelimsky G, Unteutsch R, Nugent M, Simpson P, Miranda A. Neurostimulation for Functional Abdominal Pain Disorders in Children-A Randomized, Double Blind, Sham-Controlled Trial. Lancet Gastroenterology and Hepatology. 2017;2(10):727-737.
  4. Kovacic K, Matta S, Kovacic K, Calkins C, Yan K, Sood M, Health Care Utilization and Comorbidities Associated with Anorectal Malformations in the United States. J Pediatr. 2018;194:142-146.
  5. Kovacic K, Kapavarapu PK, Sood MR, Li BUK, Nugent M, Simpson P, Miranda A. Nausea exacerbates symptom burden, quality of life, and functioning in adolescents with functional abdominal pain disorders. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2019 Jul;31(7):e13595. doi:
  6. Kovacic K, Zhang L, Nugent Liegl M, Pawela L, Simpson P, Sood MR. Gastric emptying in healthy children using the Spirulina breath test: The impact of gender, body size, and pubertal development. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2021 Jun;33(6):e14063. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14063. Epub 2020 Dec 10.PMID: 33300658
  7. Kovacic K, Kern M, Pawela L, Shaker R, Sood MR.Characteristics of high-resolution esophageal manometry in children without dysphagia. Neurogastroenterol Motil. 2021 Jun 4:e14184. doi: 10.1111/nmo.14184. Online ahead of print.PMID: 34089288
  8. Benninga MA, Hussain SZ, Sood MR, Nurko S, Hyman P, Clifford RA, O'Gorman M, Losch-Beridon T, Mareya S, Lichtlen P, Di Lorenzo C. Lubiprostone for Pediatric Functional Constipation: Randomized, Controlled, Double-Blind Study With Long-Term Extension. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2021 Apr 7:S1542-3565(21)00393-1. doi:0.1016/j.cgh.2021.04.005. Online ahead of print.PMID: 33838349 Free article.