Children's Hospital Colorado
Digestive Health Institute
Digestive Health Institute

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center

About the Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Children’s Hospital Colorado specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), including Crohn’s disease, Ulcerative colitis, inflammatory bowel disease undetermined (IBDU) and immunodeficiencies causing intestinal inflammation in children, teens and young adults up to 18-years-old.

Children’s Colorado is the only hospital in the Rocky Mountain region that offers a specialized multi-disciplinary team of professionals dedicated specifically to the care and treatment of pediatric IBD.

Our Center is recognized for its success in treating pediatric IBD with nutritional therapy. We offer novel approaches to care in clinical trials and quality improvement, identifying new treatment targets through research, and we focus on how IBD impacts the child and family.

Why choose Children's Colorado for your child's IBD treatment?

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Children’s Colorado is the only center of its kind in the region to provide comprehensive pediatric-specific multidisciplinary care for pediatric IBD.

Our team includes board-certified pediatric gastroenterology physicians, advanced practice nurses, a nurse coordinator, social workers, nutritionists, pediatric radiologists, pediatric surgeons and child life specialists. We also provide individualized patient and family education about IBD.

A treatment plan focused on nutrition

At Children’s Colorado, our focus on nutrition and its role in treating pediatric IBD stands out as an example for other caregivers and providers. Our physicians, nurses and dieticians offer many years of experience using nutritional therapy for Crohn’s disease.  We are the only IBD center in the region that provides nutritional therapy as an option for inducing remission. This method allows our patients to avoid the many risks of other medications used for the treatment of Crohn’s disease.

Compassionate doctors who are leaders in the field

With a combined 50 years of experience caring for patients with IBD, our physicians are leaders in the treatment of pediatric IBD, innovative basic and translational research, education and improving quality of care. Our program participates in the Improve Care Now (ICN) network for collaborative work in continuous quality improvement, and focuses on innovation and discovery to improve the health and well being of children and adolescents with IBD. Within the ICN international consortium, our Center performs among the best for remission rates, nutrition and growth status.

Our physicians and support staff aim to provide compassionate, patient-centered care, including comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis or second opinions. We will create a complete personalized care plan targeting your child’s individual needs to allow him or her to flourish. We also emphasize the skills and understanding needed to help adolescents make the transition to adult medical care, making this as seamless as possible for our patients.

Specific conditions we treat

Services offered at the IBD Clinic

Your first IBD Clinic visit will include:

  • Physician evaluation and plan for treatment
  • Education about IBD from our Nurse Coordinator
  • Dietician evaluation and diet planning
  • Social work evaluation for school and mental health needs

After your first visit, subsequent visits will include:

  • Physician evaluation and plan for treatment
  • Nurse evaluation for needs and coordination of care
  • Dietary and social work follow up as needed

Our IBD Center also provides:

  • Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, endoscopic ultrasound, therapeutic endoscopy and balloon enteroscopy
  • Primary nutritional therapy for Crohn’s disease
  • Non-irradiating radiologic imaging for IBD 
    • Magnetic Resonance Enterography (MRE)
    • Small Bowel Ultrasound
  • Research into the causes of IBD and development of new treatments for IBD
  • Clinical trials that make new medications available
  •  An introduction and resources from the local chapter of the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA)
  • Medical coverage of Camp Oasis, a camp for children with IBD