Integrated Enteral Feeds Advancement Team (IEAT)

Helping Children with Feeding Tubes Transition to Oral Eating

Enteral feeding delivers nutrients—either orally or through a feeding tube—directly into a patient’s gastrointestinal (GI) tract. 

The Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Integrated Enteral Feeds Advancement Team (IEAT) is a multidisciplinary clinic for patients with feeding tubes who may eventually be able to take most of their nutrition by mouth. This includes most children with feeding tubes.

What to Expect

Our doctors work with each patient to observe their eating behavior, watch parent-child interaction and make referrals to other feeding programs, if needed. 

Our doctors can also give advice about developmental eating and feeding stages, such as how to introduce new foods.


    1) Healthcare Providers: Submit a referral form.

    2) Families: Once your provider has submitted a referral, call 404-785-KIDS (5437) to schedule appointment with Dr. McElhanon's team. We are available on Friday afternoons, by appointment only.


    Call us at 404-785-KIDS (5437).


Clinic Services

  • Maintenance of proper growth velocity
  • Develop age-appropriate formula (liquid nutritional supplements based on a child’s age and nutritional needs)
  • Gastrostomy tube G-tube management (these are tubes that are inserted into a child’s stomach to provide nutrition to a child who is unable to get proper nutrition using his mouth)
  • Medical GI care, including the management of reflux medication and specialty formulas
  • Full nutritional assessment and treatment if needed, for issues such as vitamin deficiency
  • A consultation with a behavioral psychologist, if needed
  • Determine and order specialized tests for swallowing, if necessary 

Our Location

Emory Children's Center Building (next to Egleston hospital)
2015 Uppergate Drive
Atlanta, GA 30322
404-785-KIDS (5437)
Hours: Friday afternoons, by appointment only

Meet the Team

Barbara McElhanon, M.D., Gastroenterologist
Haley Hughes, R.D., Nutritionist
William Sharp, Ph.D., Behavioral psychologist
Kate Holman, Ph.D., Behavioral psychologist