Our mission at the IBD Center is to provide the best possible individualized, compassionate care for the growing number of people diagnosed with this chronic disease.
Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a general term that describes chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. The two most common inflammatory bowel diseases are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Crohn's disease involves inflammation of any part of the gastrointestinal tract, from the mouth to the anus, though it most commonly affects the small intestine or colon or both. Ulcerative colitis is limited to the colon, or large intestine. Symptoms of IBDs can be mild or severe and include diarrhea, pain, rectal bleeding, fatigue and weight loss. This multi-system disease can lead to arthritis, liver disease, psoriasis, ophthalmic disease and the complications of nutritional deficiency.
The management of IBD requires a deep understanding of both the disease and its impact on the patient, physically and emotionally. Our IBD specialists are devoted to the management of every aspect of the disease.
At the Center, we offer a cutting-edge approach to these diseases. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors, surgeons, nurses, dieticians and psychologists help our patients through the physical manifestations of the disease and provide the dietary advice and emotional support necessary in dealing with a chronic disease. Each management plan is tailored to address the individual patient's needs.
Our patients are also able to take advantage of the robust clinical and translational research program at the Center, which includes clinical trials of new medications, surgical interventions, and endoscopic therapeutics.
Conditions We Treat
- Crohn's disease
- Ulcerative colitis
- Indeterminate colitis
- Collagenous and lymphocytic colitis
Because we focus specifically on Inflammatory Bowel Disease, we are uniquely placed to provide a level of care that is commensurate with the chronicity and multisystem involvement of IBD.
- Investigational therapies useful for patients that do not respond to standard therapy
- Emotional and psychological support by our team
- Nutritional advice, specifics of diets that have been helpful to patients
- Minimally invasive surgery, including the formation of internal pouches such as ileoanal, Kock pouch
- Post-operative support by a team of IBD-trained wound care nurses
- Nurse navigators who organize and expedite your tests, procedures and therapy
- Radiology imaging techniques specifically designed to address IBD
- State-of-the-art MRI, CT scans, capsule endoscopy, endoscopic equipment
- Comfortable infusion room for standard as well as investigational medication