Univ. Prof. Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer, MD

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Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer, MD, studied medicine in Zürich and Graz. During her studies she spent a year at the Child Psychiatric Unit of Mc Lean’s Hospital in Boston and took courses at Harvard Medical school. She graduated in 1981 and completed her specialization in pediatrics in 1986. In 1991 she became a child and adolescent psychotherapist (Gestalt therapy) and received an additional degree in institutional management in 2001. From 1994 to 20017, she was assistant professor at the University of Graz and the Deputy head of the Psychosomatic Division at the University Clinic for Children and Adolescents in Graz.

Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer ran, until her retirement in 2017, the Psychosomatic division together with her husband Peter Scheer, MD, with a special focus on early feeding disorders and tube dependency. In this very field, she has gained more than 20 years of experience and weaned more than 3,000 children off their feeding tubes with her interdisciplinary team. Her main focus is to try to understand the child’s perspective and to encourage and respect the child’s active participation in any encounter with the adult world. She is a frequent public speaker on conferences around the globe and has published extensively on the subject. She is a founding member and past president of the German Society of Infant Mental Health (GAIMH), member of WAIMH, task force member of DC 0-3R and a corresponding member of the American Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She took up music again over 10 years ago and directs children’s operas in her spare time. At NoTube, Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer is the head of medical coaching and consulting together with Peter Scheer, personally taking care of our young patients.

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What is failure to thrive (FTT) and why can it lead to tube feeding?

What is failure to thrive (FTT) and why can it lead to tube feeding?

Failure to thrive describes a child that fails to meet its growth expectations, and although often referred to as a diagnosis, it is only a descriptive term and word for defining the observed state. In a large number of children the cause of reduced food intake is food refusal due to behavioural or eating disorders, these are multifactorial in origin. It is important for medical professionals to identify these and try to treat them before considering tube feeding.

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Univ. Prof. Marguerite Dunitz-Scheer, MDUniv. Prof. Peter Scheer, MDElisabeth Beckenbach, MDDr. Sabine Marinschek, MScDr. Karoline Pahsini, MScMelanie Wutsch, MA (FH)Eva KerschischnikStephan EchtermeyerMarion RussellValérie SulzerAurélie CharrièreMadeline SulzerJutta PoschDr. Wolfgang Kratky, PhDSamuel Scheer, MA