Rabea Alhosh, MD
Pediatrics, Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition
Pediatric gastroenterology – it is the specialty practiced by Dr. Rabea Alhosh, an assistant professor in the UNLV School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics.
Because parents are often concerned and anxious when they bring their child to see a gastroenterologist, a physician specializing on the digestive system, Dr. Alhosh says he spends a lot of time helping parents understand their child’s diagnosis and treatment options.
“I am very thorough when explaining the child’s diagnosis and treatment options, “ he said. “ I use a personalized approach and don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all treatment plan. I think patients and their families should be an integral part of the process.
He strives to show medical students and residents how to establish and maintain rapport with patients and their families.
“Communicating with and educating patients is extremely important. In pediatrics, there are two levels of understanding – the parents and the patients. I spend extra time talking to the patient at their particular age level so they understand what’s happening and what they need to do to feel better, and to answer their questions and concerns. Sometimes, a child will say they don’t want to do that or they are afraid, and at that point we talk about their choices, the pros and cons of doing things, and get them on board for what’s best for their health. Parents also need to understand what to do, so they can best help their child when they get home.”