Robert J. Rothbaum, M.D.

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Centennial Professor of Pediatrics
Clinical Director
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

phone: (314) 454-6173

Clinical Interests

Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Short Bowel Syndrome


  • BA, Brown University1972
  • MD, University of Chicago The Pritzker School of Medicine1976


  • Residency, St. Louis Children's Hospital1976 - 1978
  • Fellow, St. Louis Children's Hospital1978 - 1979
  • Fellow, Children's Hospital Medical Center1979 - 1982

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics 1978
  • MO, 1982
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 1990
  • AR, Arkansas State Medical License 2016


  • 25 Year Service Award, Washington University
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Teacher of the Year1989
  • Elected one of "The Best Doctors in America: Central Region”1996 - 2008
  • CCFA Physician of the Year Award1998
  • St. Louis Best Doctors2000 - Pres
  • Samuel Goldstein Leadership Award2004
  • Distinguished Service Teaching Award2007
  • Samuel Goldstein Teaching Award2007
  • Founders Day Distinguished Faculty Award2008
  • Distinguished Clinician Award2009
  • Centennial Professor, Endowed Chair in Pediatrics2010 - Pres
  • Special Recognition for Service, Gateway Chapter, CCFA2013
  • National Patient Advocacy Award, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America2015
  • Outstanding Commitment to Teaching, Pedatric Residency Program, SLCH2015
  • Top 10% Patient Satisfaction Survey WUMS.2015 - 2016

Recent Publications view all (31)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Somatic mutations and clonal hematopoiesis in congenital neutropenia. Blood. 2018;131:408-416. 
  2. Challenges in meeting fellowship procedural guidelines in pediatric therapeutic endoscopy and liver biopsy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014;58(1):27-33. PMID:24051484 
  3. Appreciation of Interprofessional Perspectives: A Standardized Patient Experience to Promote Communication Between Nursing and Medical Students MedEdPORTAL. Available from: 2013. 
  4. Early volume expansion during diarrhea and relative nephroprotection during subsequent hemolytic uremic syndrome. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011;165(10):884-9. PMCID:PMC4064458  PMID:21784993 
  5. Deer sausage: a newly identified vehicle of transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7. J Pediatr. 2009;155(4):587-9. PMID:19773004 
  6. Laboratory values for children with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease. Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):1113-9. PMID:17545378 
  7. The natural history of corticosteroid therapy for ulcerative colitis in children. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006;4(9):1118-23. PMID:16820327 
  8. Corticosteroid therapy in the age of infliximab: acute and 1-year outcomes in newly diagnosed children with Crohn's disease. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006;4(9):1124-9. PMID:16861053 
  9. Health-related quality of life in the first year after a diagnosis of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Inflamm Bowel Dis. 2006;12(8):684-91. PMID:16917222 
  10. Evaluation of the pediatric crohn disease activity index: a prospective multicenter experience. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005;41(4):416-21. PMID:16205508 
  11. Mutations of the SBDS gene are present in most patients with Shwachman-Diamond syndrome. Blood. 2004;104(12):3588-90. PMID:15284109 
  12. Integrating social and ethics-based aspects of medicine into physician education. Mo Med. 2004;101(5):500-2. PMID:15535027 
  13. Image of the month. Focal nodular hyperplasia. Arch Surg. 2004;139(1):113-4. PMID:14718286 
  14. Bone marrow failure in Shwachman-Diamond syndrome does not select for clonal haematopoiesis of the paroxysmal nocturnal haemoglobinuria phenotype. Br J Haematol. 2002;119(3):830-2. PMID:12437667 
  15. Shwachman-Diamond syndrome: report from an international conference. J Pediatr. 2002;141(2):266-70. PMID:12183725 
  16. Similarities in cyclic vomiting syndrome across age groups. Am J Gastroenterol. 2001;96(3):684-8. PMID:11280534 
  17. Cystic fibrosis: CT findings of colonic disease. Radiology. 1998;206(3):725-30. PMID:9494492 
  18. Complications of pediatric endoscopy. Gastrointest Endosc Clin N Am. 1996;6(2):445-59. PMID:8673336 
  19. Outpatient liver biopsy in children: has the time come? J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1993;17(4):354-5. PMID:8145086 
  20. Multicenter trial of d-alpha-tocopheryl polyethylene glycol 1000 succinate for treatment of vitamin E deficiency in children with chronic cholestasis. Gastroenterology. 1993;104(6):1727-35. PMID:8500733 
  21. Hepatobiliary sonography in cystic fibrosis. Pediatr Radiol. 1993;23(7):533-5. PMID:8309756 
  22. Granulomatous hepatitis associated with cat scratch disease. Lancet. 1988;1(8595):1132-6. PMID:2896959 
  23. Induction of the stress response in alpha 1-antitrypsin deficiency. Trans Assoc Am Physicians. 1988;101:33-41. PMID:2855901 
  24. Perianal streptococcal cellulitis. J Pediatr. 1985;107(4):557-9. PMID:4045605 
  25. Grade I Reye's syndrome. A frequent cause of vomiting and liver dysfunction after varicella and upper-respiratory-tract infection. N Engl J Med. 1983;309(3):133-9. PMID:6866012 
  26. An ultrastructural study of enteropathogenic Escherichia coli infection in human infants. Ultrastruct Pathol. 1983;4(4):291-304. PMID:6359611 
  27. Silent gonorrhea in siblings. Case reports. Mo Med. 1983;80(1):18-20. PMID:6828026 
  28. Unusual surface distribution of concanavalin A reflects a cytoskeletal defect in neutrophils in Shwachman's syndrome. Lancet. 1982;2(8302):800-1. PMID:6181360 
  29. Diarrhea caused by adherent enteropathogenic E. coli. J Pediatr. 1982;101(3):486. PMID:7050332 
  30. A clinicopathologic study of enterocyte-adherent Escherichia coli: a cause of protracted diarrhea in infants. Gastroenterology. 1982;83(2):441-54. PMID:7044882 
  31. Serum alkaline phosphatase and zinc undernutrition in infants with chronic diarrhea. Am J Clin Nutr. 1982;35(3):595-8. PMID:6801964 
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