Robert J. Rothbaum, M.D.

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Centennial Professor of Pediatrics
Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

phone: (314) 454-6173

Research Interests

Inflammatory Bowel Disease


  • 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

  • MO, 
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics
  • 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

Selected Publications view all (31)

Publication Co-Authors

Challenges in meeting fellowship procedural guidelines in pediatric therapeutic endoscopy and liver biopsy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2014;58(1):27-33. PMID:24051484 
Appreciation of Interprofessional Perspectives: A Standardized Patient Experience to Promote Communication Between Nursing and Medical Students MedEdPORTAL. Available from: 2013. 
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 
Deer sausage: a newly identified vehicle of transmission of Escherichia coli O157:H7. J Pediatr. 2009;155(4):587-9. PMID:19773004 
Laboratory values for children with newly diagnosed inflammatory bowel disease. Pediatrics. 2007;119(6):1113-9. PMID:17545378 
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 
The natural history of corticosteroid therapy for ulcerative colitis in children. Clin Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2006;4(9):1118-23. PMID:16820327 
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 
Evaluation of the pediatric crohn disease activity index: a prospective multicenter experience. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2005;41(4):416-21. PMID:16205508 
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