Maheen Ahmed Hassan, M.D.

Director of GI Motility 


Dr. Hassan

Maheen Ahmed Hassan, M.D., is Director of GI Motility at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California.


Full Biography

Dr. Hassan practices a subspecialty of pediatric gastroenterology that focuses on motility disorders of the esophagus, stomach and intestines. She performs manometry of the esophagus, stomach, duodenum, colon and rectum, which is a way of measuring the pressure in these parts of the gastrointestinal tract. The pressure readings reflect muscle function. Manometry testing can help to diagnose and monitor conditions such as achalasia, esophageal dysmotility, chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction, rumination and Hirschsprung Disease.  She is also expert in the use of devices known as endoFLIP and The SmartPill. EndoFLIP measures the muscles that let food in and out of the esophagus, the esophagus itself and the outlet of the stomach. The SmartPill is a single-use capsule that is swallowed and measures acidity, pressure, temperature and time, inside the stomach, small intestine and colon, to give information on total gut motility.

Dr. Hassan earned her medical degree from the UC Irvine School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, followed by fellowship training in pediatric gastroenterology at Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego, which is affiliated with UC San Diego. Finally, she was the first person selected for Rady Children’s fellowship in neurogastroenterology and motility disorders.

Before coming to Shriners, Dr. Hassan spent a few years at Stanford Children’s Health and the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford.

Education & Training

  • Medical Degree, UC Irvine
  • Residency, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland
  • Fellowship, Rady Children’s Hospital—San Diego