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Sonia Michail, M.D.

Sonia Michail, M.D.

Attending Physician
Associate Professor of Pediatrics


Medical School: Ain Shams University College of Medicine

Internship: Ain Shams University College of Medicine: Rotating internship

Residency: Michigan State University: Pediatric residency

Fellowship: Nebraska Medical Center: Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition



Primary Specialty: Pediatric Gastroenterology


Research Interests:

Research interests, include: Probiotics and studying the gut micro biome. Ongoing research studies, include: 1. Studies to investigate the role of gut micro biome in a number of pediatric disorders. 2. Studying the effect of probiotics and how they modify the gut microbiota. 3. NIH-funding to study the effect of probiotics on children with irritable bowel syndrome and how probiotics modify gut micro biota.

Selected Publications:

  • Books and book chapters: 1. PROBIOTICS IN PEDIATRIC MEDICINE. Series: Michail, Sonia; Sherman, Philip M. (Eds.) 2009, XX, 352 p. 12 illus., Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-60327-288-9. 2. PEDIATRIC NEUROGASTROENTEROLOGY: GASTROINTESTINAL MOTILITY AND FUNCTIONAL DISORDERS IN CHILDREN. Chapter 5, "Inflammation, microflora, motility and visceral sensitivity". Authors: Michail S and Ng MW.
  • Michail S, Durbin M, Turner D, Griffiths A, Mack D, Hyams J, LeLeiko N, Kenche H, Stolfi A, Wine E. Alterations in the gut microbiome of children with severe ulcerative colitis. Inflammatory Bowel Disease Journal, in press January 2012.
  • Agans R, Rigsbee L, Kenche H, Michail S, Khamis HJ, Paliy O. Distal gut microbiota of adolescent children is different from that of adults. FEMS Microbiol Ecol. 2011 Aug;77(2):404-12.
  • Michelle Foisy, Samina Ali, Rose Geist, Michael Weinstein, Sonia Michail and Kalpesh Thakkar. The Cochrane Library and the Treatment of Chronic Abdominal Pain in Children and Adolescents: An Overview of Reviews. Evidence-Based Child Health: A Cochrane Review Journal. Volume 6, Issue 4, July 2011, Pages: 1027-1043.
  • Michail S, Kenche H. Gut Microbiota is Not Modified by Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial of VSL#3 in Diarrhea-Predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins: Volume 3, Issue 1 (2011):1-7


Certification: Pediatrics and Pediatric Gastroenterology: American Board of Pediatrics; Physician Executive, Board Certification in Medical Management, American Board of Pediatrics

Medical Memberships: American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow; American Gastroenterology Association: Fellow; North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Crohn�s and Colitis Foundation; Society for Pediatric Research: Elected member.

Medical Awards: Inducted as an American Gastroenterology Association Fellow (AGAF), an honor bestowed by the AGA for superior professional achievement in the field of Gastroenterology; NIH reviewer; reviewer for major medical journals and abstract reviewer for several medical societies; Associate Editor, Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins Journal; Editorial Board of World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics.

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