Youhanna S. AI-Tawil


Fellowship (Pediatric Gastroenterology)

– Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX 1993-96


– Stony Brook University Medical Center, Stony Brook, NY 1990-93


– Damascus University of Medical School, Damascus, Syria, 1984


– Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington; Acting Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans (1998-2001)


– Wife, Salwa Al-Khoury, M.D., Children Laura (14) and Mark (11)

Board Certifications

– Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition


– American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition


– fishing, drawing and enjoying nature

As the Medical Director of GI for Kids, PLLC, I am committed to the belief that all children should have access to excellent healthcare, including all pediatric sub-specialties. Our clinic has an open-door policy and we try to accommodate all patients in a timely manner. Prevention is an important focus of the practice. Treating children with gastroenterology diseases is our top priority, while prevention is the motivation for our comprehensive staff serving these patients.

I became interested in making a difference in children’s health when, at 12 years of age, I experienced a severe illness. Throughout my career I have served as Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at the University of Kentucky and then as Acting Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology at Tulane University. My wife, Dr. Salwa Alkhoury, is a primary care pediatrician at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. We have two children, Mark, age 11, and Laura, age 14. I love spending time with my family and gardening, and I feel blessed to live in this area.

The mission of GI for Kids is to help make East Tennessee Children’s Hospital a Center of Excellence for Pediatric Gastroenterology on a local, regional and national level. I am committed to serving the children in this region and help build the hospital’s reputation nationally and GI for Kids is a perfect partner in this effort.

East Tennessee is an amazing resource for our community and the surrounding counties. Our clinic treats patients from all over Tennessee and outside of the state. We are one of the busiest pediatric GI practices in the United States. Our website is one of the most visited websites for pediatric gastroenterology. I would encourage you to visit our website for more information.


Dr. Youhanna Al-Tawil, received one of the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital IMPACT awards in 2014 for Service Excellence. This award is given to an individual who consistently demonstrates and lives the core value of Service Excellence by going above and beyond to exceed the expectations of patients, families or other customers.