Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology

Academic Appointments

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Board Certification, Pediatric Gastroenterology, American Board of Pediatrics (2013)
  • Fellowship:Stanford University School of Medicine (2013) CA
  • Board Certification: Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics (2009)
  • Residency:Univ of California San Francisco (2009) CA
  • Medical Education:UCSF School of Medicine (2006) CA

Research & Scholarship

Clinical Trials

  • Specific Carbohydrate Diet as Maintenance Therapy in Crohn's Disease Not Recruiting

    This study investigates whether the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) can maintain clinical remission in pediatric and adult patients with Crohn's disease.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Ken Cox, MD, (650) 721-2250.

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All Publications

  • Out-of-pocket Cost Burden in Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease: A Cross-sectional Cohort Analysis INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES Sin, A. T., Damman, J. L., Ziring, D. A., Gleghorn, E. E., Garcia-Careaga, M. G., Gugig, R. R., Hunter, A. K., Burgis, J. C., Bass, D. M., Park, K. T. 2015; 21 (6): 1368-1377


    Pediatric inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), consisting of Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), can result in significant morbidity requiring frequent health care utilization. Although it is known that the overall financial impact of pediatric IBD is significant, the direct out-of-pocket (OOP) cost burden on the parents of children with IBD has not been explored. We hypothesized that affected children with a more relapsing disease course and families in lower income strata, ineligible for need-based assistance programs, disparately absorb ongoing financial stress.We completed a cross-sectional analysis among parents of children with IBD residing in California using an online HIPAA-secure Qualtrics survey. Multicenter recruitment occurred between December 4, 2013 and September 18, 2014 at the point-of-care from site investigators, informational flyers distributed at regional CCFA conferences, and social media campaigns equally targeting Northern, Central, and Southern California. IBD-, patient-, and family-specific information were collected from the parents of pediatric patients with IBD patients younger than 18 years of age at time of study, carry a confirmed diagnosis of CD or UC, reside in and receive pediatric gastroenterology care in California, and do not have other chronic diseases requiring ongoing medical care.We collected 150 unique surveys from parents of children with IBD (67 CD; 83 UC). The median patient age was 14 years for both CD and UC, with an overall 3.7 years (SD 2.8 yr) difference between survey completion and time of IBD diagnosis. Annually, 63.6%, 28.6%, and 5.3% of families had an OOP cost burden >$500, >$1000, and >5000, respectively. Approximately one-third (36.0%) of patients had emergency department (ED) visits over the past year, with 59.2% of these patients spending >$500 on emergency department copays, including 11.1% who spent >$5000. Although 43.3% contributed <$500 on procedure and test costs, 20.0% spent >$2000 in the past year. Families with household income between $50,000 and $100,000 had a statistically significant probability (80.6%) of higher annual OOP costs than families with lower income <$50,000 (20.0%; P < 0.0001) or higher income >$100,000 (64.6%; P < 0.05). Multivariate analysis revealed that clinical variables associated with uncontrolled IBD states correlated to higher OOP cost burden. Annual OOP costs were more likely to be >$500 among patients who had increased spending on procedures and tests (odds ratio [OR], 5.63; 95% confidence interval [CI], 2.73-11.63), prednisone course required over the past year (OR, 3.19; 95% CI, 1.02-9.92), at least 1 emergency department visit for IBD symptoms (OR, 2.84; 95% CI, 1.33-6.06), at least 4 or more outpatient primary medical doctor visits for IBD symptoms (OR, 2.82; 95% CI, 1.40-5.68), and history of 4 or more lifetime hospitalizations for acute IBD care (OR, 2.60; 95% CI, 1.13-5.96).Previously undocumented, a high proportion of pediatric IBD families incur substantial OOP cost burden. Patients who are frequently in relapsing and uncontrolled IBD states require more acute care services and sustain higher OOP cost burden. Lower middle income parents of children with IBD ineligible for need-based assistance may be particularly at risk for financial stress from OOP costs related to ongoing medical care.

    View details for DOI 10.1097/MIB.0000000000000374

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  • Multiple Hepatic Adenomas in a Child with Microvillus Inclusion Disease DIGESTIVE DISEASES AND SCIENCES Burgis, J. C., Pratt, C. A., Higgins, J. P., Kerner, J. A. 2013; 58 (10): 2784-2788
  • Resident perceptions of autonomy in a complex tertiary care environment improve when supervised by hospitalists. Hospital pediatrics Burgis, J. C., Lockspeiser, T. M., Stumpf, E. C., Wilson, S. D. 2012; 2 (4): 228-234


    Increasingly, academic hospitals have adopted hospitalist-based systems of inpatient pediatric care. Some studies comparing hospitalists with other attending physicians have suggested trainees are more satisfied with education from hospitalists. However, there are published concerns that the increased presence of hospitalists may reduce residents' autonomy. The objective of the current study was to evaluate pediatric residents' perceptions of their own autonomy after a broad ward restructuring to hospitalist-led teams.We analyzed data from standardized attending evaluations before and after a pediatric ward restructuring at an academic tertiary care hospital. Provision of most inpatient pediatric care changed from subspecialist-led teams to hospitalist-led teams. Numerical scores from evaluations before and after the restructuring were compared quantitatively. Comments from the evaluations were analyzed qualitatively to identify key themes.Before the restructuring, there were 65 evaluations of 5 hospitalists and 602 evaluations of 32 subspecialists. After the restructuring, there were 188 evaluations of 8 hospitalists. Hospitalists were rated significantly higher on all teaching attributes compared with all attending physicians before the restructuring. The attending role in promoting autonomy was mentioned infrequently and reflected residents' perceived lack of autonomy before the restructuring. The primary theme after the restructuring was autonomy, specifically emphasizing resident leadership and decision-making and the appropriate balance of resident autonomy and supervision.Although patient complexity was unchanged, a comparison of numerical ratings and resident comments before and after the restructuring indicates that hospitalists lead teams differently from subspecialists, with more emphasis on resident decision-making and autonomy.

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