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.

Nationwide Children's Hospital Medical Professional

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.

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: 18 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: 16 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

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 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

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.