Ricardo Medina-Centeno, M.D., received his medical degree from the University of Puerto Rico. He completed his pediatric residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine and his pediatric gastroenterology, hepatology, and nutrition fellowship at UT Southwestern (UTSW) Medical Center. During his fellowship, he trained with prominent experts in the field of neurogastroenterology and motility disorders at UTSW and Boston Children’s Hospital (Harvard University). His clinical and research interests include bowel management, anorectal malformations, aerodigestive disorders, pediatric motility disorders, motility testing (esophageal, antroduodenal, colonic, and anorectal manometry), and severe constipation. In addition, he developed the biofeedback program for pediatric patients with chronic constipation.

Dr. Medina-Centeno is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UTSW and provides medical care at Children’s Health in Dallas and Children’s Health in Plano.


Medical School
University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine (2011)
University of Florida College of Medicine (2014), Pediatrics
UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2017), Pediatric Gastroenterology

Research Interest

  • Anorectal malformations
  • Bowel management
  • Motility disorders
  • Neurogastroenterology
  • Volvulus


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Single Balloon-assisted Colonoscopy for Placement of Colonic Manometry Catheters: Initial Experience in Children.
Sanghavi RM, Medina-Centeno R, Barth B J. Pediatr. Gastroenterol. Nutr. 2018 Mar


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Honors & Awards

  • Pediatric Gastroenterology Clinic Provider of the Month
    Children's Health/UT Southwestern (2016)
  • Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Academic Workshop Education/Travel Grant Recipient

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)
  • American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society
  • North America Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)
  • Texas Medical Association