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Prim. Alemka Jaklin Kekez, MD

Pediatrician, Pediatric Gastroenterologist – Head of Gastroenterology Unit

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Dr. Jaklin Kekez graduated from School of Medicine, University of Zagreb. She completed pediatric residency training, as well as a pediatriac gastroenterology fellowship at the Children’s Hospital Zagreb, where she subsequently worked for 17 years. She had obtained additional training at King’s College Hospital London and Emma Children’s Hospital Amsterdam, and had the opportunity to learn from leading experts in the field of pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition, ultrasound and general paediatrics, in Croatia and abroad. In 2014., Dr Jaklin joined Clinic for pediatric medicine Helena, where she became the Head of Gastroenterology Unit. She provides comprehensive care for children with motility disorders (constipation and fecal incontinence, neurogenic bowel in spinal dysraphism and anorectal anomalies), feeding and eating difficulties, food allergies and liver and gallbladder diseases. At Helena, she had established functional diagnostics (anorectal manometry) and introduced biofeedback therapy for defecation problems. Additionally, she leads a team of experts for treatment of feeding and eating difficulties, such as food aversion, picky eating, chewing problems, etc. Apart from her expertise in gastroenterology, she is also a skilled general pediatrician with more than 20 years of experience in the field of general pediatrics (regular check-ups and vaccination, acute illnesses of infants and children). Dr Jaklin Kekez is also a lecturer at the University of Applied Health Sciences in Zagreb and the Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology, University of Zagreb. She was a member of the Ministry of Health expert group that had established nutrition guidelines for preschool children in kindergardens, as well as of the Croatian Consensus Conference for developing the guidelines in treating chronic viral hepatitis in children. She is a member of Croatian Medical Chamber; Croatian Medical Association; Croatian Pediatric Society; Croatian Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition; Croatian Society for Gastroenterology, as well as European Society for Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (ESPGHAN).
She had been invited to contribute as a lecturer to numerous expert and scientific congresses and courses, in Croatia and internationally.