Center for Inflammatory Bowel Disease Treatment and Research
Our team of health care professionals has some of the best pediatric medical and nursing subspecialists in the country, including:
Our pediatric gastroenterology group has more than 75 years combined experience caring for children with IBD.
We diagnose new patients, manage medications, and educate families about causes of and treatments for the disease. We also provide second opinion consultations to other gastroenterologists throughout the country. We are conducting research to identify causes and treatments of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
Our expert team of pediatric IBD nurses and nurse practitioners works hand-in-hand with our physicians in the medical management and education of patients.
Children with IBD may have changes in appetite which can lead to inadequate intake of calories, protein, vitamins and minerals. Our team of dietitians can assess intake of nutrients and calories and make appropriate recommendations for improving overall nutrition.
Our social worker is available to help families deal with a broad range of stress, anxiety and coping issues. This includes addressing:
- the challenges families face in living with the impact of chronic illness
- increasing accessibility to health care and community resources
- assisting with academic concerns and life changes
- addressing parenting or care-giving concerns
Pediatric Coping Program
IBD can be a stressful illness, and it often starts in adolescence, which can be a difficult time. We offer psychological support and stress management together with medical and nutritional therapy in order to improve patients' well-being.
Sometimes patients with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis require surgical intervention. Our surgeons and anesthesiologists have extensive expertise in the preoperative, operative, and postoperative care of patients with IBD.
Other Pediatric Specialists
At times, children with IBD will have other needs, including treatment of joint pains, skin rashes, and mouth and eye inflammation. We have a large group of additional specialists who are the best in their field at treating these conditions.
Our center not only prides itself on providing excellent clinical care, but also is involved with various clinical research efforts to help our physicians better understand what causes inflammatory bowel disease and how to best treat our patients. For more information on our research, click here.
Physicians within our center interact with The Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. The CCFA sponsors basic and clinical research of the highest quality. The foundation also offers a wide range of educational programs for patients and health-care professionals, and provides supportive services to help people cope with these chronic intestinal diseases.
For more information please visit their website: www.ccfa.org