Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic

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

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic

Led by Wallace Crandall, MD, 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) Clinic

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

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 fluoroscopy, CT scans, and MRI scans
  • 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 a nurse. Psychology services including assessment of psychosocial concerns, pain management (including biofeedback), and psychotherapy addressing coping with the disease and other issues is also available.

We provide the most current medical therapy. We use a variety of therapies, tailored to the needs of the individual, including 6-mercaptopurine (6MP) or Azathioprine (Imuran®) and in selected cases Remicade. For the few who require surgical intervention, we have a dedicated team of surgeons who employ the latest techniques including the use of laparoscopic surgery when appropriate. Nutritional evaluation and counseling is provided by a dietitian.

What is IBD?

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a 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.

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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) refers to a 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.

Meet the IBD Team 

We have a team of expert physicians, surgeons, psychologists, researchers, dietitians, nurse practitioners, nurses 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.

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Wallace V. Crandall

Wallace Crandall, MD, is Co-Director of the Center for Pediatric and Adolescent Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Medical Director for Quality Improvement at Nationwide Children's Hospital and Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

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Brendan M. Boyle

Brendan M. Boyle, MD, is the quality improvement director in the Division 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.

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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.

IBD Research 

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 two national IBD research databases which are being used in the ongoing effort to improve the treatment and quality of life for all those with IBD.

IBD Resources for Families

Connecting Families

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.

IBD Handbook

Pediatric IBD experts at Nationwide Children's collaborated with physicians from other leading programs to develop a guide known as "The Handbook." This resource combines clinical knowledge about your diagnosis as well as practical tips from parents and kids living with IBD.

CCFA Resource Center

The Crohn's & Colitis Foundation offers a number of resources to help patients with IBD receive the support they may need.

CCFA Support Groups

There are hundreds of support groups for people with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis throughout the country. Each year, 38 local chapters hold more than 200 support groups, where patients and family members can connect to others living with these diseases.