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Pediatric gastroenterologist joins Sacred Heart, University of Florida Health

Posted: 4/19/2017

Pediatric gastroenterologist Alan Sacks, M.D.

PENSACOLA, Fla. — Pediatric gastroenterologist Alan Sacks, M.D., has joined the faculty of University of Florida College of Medicine and will see patients at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart.

As of July 3, Sacks will move his practice to the Sacred Heart Pediatric Care Center, located on the Sacred Heart Ninth Avenue campus at 1657 Trinity Drive in Pensacola. To schedule an appointment, call 850-416-1575 or visit his profile.

Sacks is fellowship-trained and board-certified in pediatric gastroenterology. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in microbiology from the University of Alabama, and he received his medical degree from the University of South Alabama College of Medicine in Mobile. Sacks completed his residency training in pediatrics at the University of Louisville School of Medicine, and he performed a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to joining UF, Sacks served as division chief of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition for Nemours Children’s Specialty Care Pensacola.

Sacks serves on the board of directors for the Medical Education Council of Pensacola and on the pharmacy and therapeutics committee for Sacred Heart Health System. He is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Gastroenterological Association, the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

UF Health and Sacred Heart announced in September 2016 a collaboration to provide an expanded range of specialized pediatric care, with the goal of building a regional pediatric physicians’ network that ultimately stretches from Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Apalachicola, Florida. In January, board-certified pediatric nephrologist Dr. Edward Kohaut became the first pediatric specialist hired by UF Health as a result of the university’s new affiliation with Sacred Heart. Kohaut relocated his practice to the Sacred Heart Pediatric Care Center.

UF Health is recognized among the nation’s best hospital systems by U.S. News & World Report in nine pediatric medical specialties. In addition to pediatric specialty care, Sacred Heart and UF Health have collaborated to launch a new kidney transplant program to benefit the thousands of individuals across the Southeast awaiting a lifesaving transplant. Sacred Heart’s pediatric and OB/GYN physician residency programs are also affiliated with the University of Florida College of Medicine.

The expansion of pediatric specialty services coincides with the start of construction at Sacred Heart of a new four-story children’s hospital. The new children’s hospital will be connected to the front of the current children’s hospital and will include a pediatric emergency room and trauma center, new operating rooms dedicated to pediatric surgery, an expanded neonatal intensive care unit, a pediatric intensive care unit, a pediatric oncology unit, a medical/surgical unit, observation beds and a pediatric rehabilitation gym.  

The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart is a 117-bed facility that serves as the only children’s hospital in Northwest Florida. The Children’s Hospital offers a wide range of services to meet all of a child’s medical needs, from a pediatric emergency room and neonatal intensive care unit to pediatric intensive care, cancer care, rehabilitation and a medical staff of more than 120 board-certified physicians across 29 pediatric specialties. The Children’s Hospital provides quality, compassionate care to children, regardless of their parents’ ability to pay. For more information about the services available at The Studer Family Children’s Hospital at Sacred Heart, visit

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