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Dr. Jeff Critch

{Dr. Jeff Critch}
Dr. Jeff Critch

Pediatric gastroenterology
Faculty of Medicine

Research interests
Dr. Jeff Critch is the only pediatric gastroenterologist in the province, and he is looking forward to researching childhood gastroenterology diseases in Newfoundland and Labrador. He returned to St. John's in September, and is still busy setting up his clinical practice and meeting teaching commitments. But in future he hopes to continue the research he was doing on a fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto on bowel diseases in children, particularly Crohn's disease. The particular focus of his research will depend on what gastroenterology diseases predominate in the pediatric population of the province.

Experience
Dr. Critch recently completed a three-year gastrointestinal fellowship under the supervision of Dr. Anne Griffiths. He said about 20 to 25 per cent of Crohn's disease is diagnosed in the childhood age range. "It can be frightening for parents at first, but it's a chronic disease and most families do well in learning to manage it."

Background
Dr. Critch is from St. John's and attended medical school at Memorial following undergraduate training in engineering and biochemistry. He graduated in 1995 and pursued residency training at the Janeway until 1999 when he took up a gastroenterology fellowship at the Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto.