Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Improving the Medical, Surgical, Psychological and Social Care of Children With IBD

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Nationwide Children's Hospital Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD Center) focuses on comprehensive care for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis using a multidisciplinary approach.

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About the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center

Each year, hundreds of children and adolescents come to Nationwide Children's Hospital for diagnosis and treatment of their inflammatory bowel disease. We are one of the largest pediatric IBD centers in the US. In addition, Nationwide Children’s is one of the leaders of ImproveCareNow, a national, multi-institution collaborative focusing on improving outcomes in IBD patients and also one of the leaders in clinical research.

The diagnostic capabilities at the IBD Center are some of the most advanced in the world and include:

  • The use of flexible scopes, called endoscopes and colonoscopes
  • State-of-the-art imaging services including MRI scans, CT scans and fluoroscopy
  • Interventional radiology services
  • The non-invasive capsule endoscopy or “pillcam”

We recognize that, like any chronic illness, inflammatory bowel disease can affect children and adolescents every day of their lives as well as impacting their family. We treat the whole family, using an approach that addresses psychological and social concerns in tandem with the most advanced medical treatment.

One-on-one teaching to newly diagnosed patients and their families is provided by an IBD nurse, IBD psychologist, IBD dietitian, and IBD social worker. IBD nurses discuss the disease process, understanding and identifying symptoms, treatments, and long-term management of care. Psychology services including assessment of psychosocial concerns, pain management (including biofeedback), and psychotherapy addressing coping with the disease and other issues is also available. The IBD dietitians will meet with you during new diagnosis teaching day and will assess your child’s weight and growth and vitamin and mineral needs and give ideas/recommendations if improvements are needed. They are your resource to good eating with IBD and give personalized guidance for information you may have heard or read tailored specifically for you/your child. Our IBD social worker will provide services to assist with out of pocket medical costs, information about school resources and accommodations, assist with insurance needs, and assess barriers to care.

We also offer an annual IBD office visit which the patient and parents meet with our IBD team. The IBD nurse practitioner reviews routine health maintenance recommendations, continues education about IBD, and helps with transition to an adult provider when ready. The IBD psychologist screens for depression, anxiety, and quality of life. The IBD social worker assists with financial counseling and school issues. The IBD dietitian reviews diet options for IBD patients and recommended nutrition labs when appropriate.

We provide the most current medical therapies that are tailored to each patient. For the few who require surgical interventions, we have a dedicated team of surgeons who employ the latest techniques including the use of laparoscopic surgery when appropriate.

What is IBD?

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to chronic inflammation of the intestines not due to infections or other identifiable causes. There are two main types of IBD: ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. The most common symptoms are diarrhea, sometimes with blood and mucus and abdominal pain.

Meet the IBD Team 

We have a team of expert physicians, surgeons, psychologists, researchers, dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses, pharmacists and social workers who provide diagnostic services, clinical management, patient and family education, nutritional guidance and counseling. Our goal is to improve the medical, surgical, psychological and social care of all children with inflammatory bowel disease regionally through direct patient care, and nationally through continued research. In addition, we work closely with other specialists in these areas: Infectious Disease, Hematology, Rheumatology and the wound/ostomy team.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Brendan M. Boyle

Brendan M. Boyle, MD, is Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Nationwide Children's Hospital. His clinical activities span all of general pediatric gastroenterology, with a research focus on patients with inflammatory bowel disease and celiac disease.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional, Jennifer Dotson

Jennifer Lynn Dotson

Jennifer L. Dotson, MD, MPH, is an attending pediatric gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children's and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Dotson's clinical interests involve all aspects of pediatric gastroenterology, with a special interest in inflammatory bowel disease.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

Benedict C. Nwomeh

Benedict C. Nwomeh, MD, is the Director of Surgical Education for Pediatric Surgery and Surgical Director of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease at Nationwide Children's Hospital.

Meet Our Patients

Madison's Story

Meet Madison

Name: Madison I.
Condition(s): Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Age Today: 23 Years

My name is Madison I, and I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 10. I remember I first started experiencing symptoms around my birthday in September 2010. I was using the bathroom frequently and had unbearable stomach aches.

Breanna M

Read Breanna's Story

Name: Breanna M.
Condition(s): Crohns Disease
Age Today: 21 Years

The team of specialists at Nationwide Children’s conducted multiple scans, performed a surgical biopsy, conducted research including reaching out to their network of other experts, and concluded that Breanna was suffering from an extremely rare condition – Crohn’s Disease induced Pseudotumor Myositis.

Nadia Tong

Nadia T

Name: Nadia
Condition(s): Crohns Disease

Nadia was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of six. Since then she has undergone numerous tests, scopes and colonoscopies, along with inpatient stays. She and her family’s first 18 months after her diagnosis included a roller coaster of emotions, tests, blood work, more tests and lots of learning.

IBD Center Research and Quality Improvement

Research is critical in continuing to improve the care of children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease. Current research activities include clinical drug trials and studies examining the psychosocial effects of chronic diseases such as inflammatory bowel disease. The center also participates in multiple national and international IBD research cohorts which are being used in the ongoing effort to improve the treatment and quality of life for all those with IBD.

View Our Current Studies

IBD Patient Resources

IBD Animation

What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD?

In this animation, our patient Maddie explains what Inflammatory Bowel Disease is and how it might affect you. You'll also learn the difference between Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis and Indeterminate Colitis.

IBD Animation

Growth and Nutrition with IBD

In this animation, Maddie explains the importance of a healthy, balanced diet to patients with IBD. She also discusses MyPlate and nutrition therapy for managing your IBD.

Managing Life With IBD

Managing Life With IBD

In this animation, our patient Maddie explains how IBD affects things other than your health and offers tips on managing life with inflammatory bowel disease.

breaking biosimilar barriers

Breaking Biosimilar Barriers

A free IBD resource to learn about available biosimilars (adalimumab and infliximab) and their safety, efficacy, and cost savings.

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Connecting Families: Peer-to-Peer Mentor Program

Do you feel like nobody understands what you're going through after your child's diagnosis? Nationwide Children's Hospital's Connecting Families program can match you with a peer who has gone through what you are going though. Learn more and apply here.