Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, located in NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, offers long-term, family-centered care for children of all ages with Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a chronic digestive condition that includes Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Living with IBD can be challenging for children and adolescents, who have to juggle school and social stresses with difficult symptoms and dietary restrictions. Our integrated, collaborative team will help your family identify precise challenges, develop and carry out care plans, and provide support across procedures, treatments, and hospitalizations.
Our team has particular expertise with complex cases of IBD and we provide second opinions for families who are exploring treatment options.
Our Approach to IBD
As a patient in our center, your child will be cared for by a medical team which includes a pediatric gastroenterologist, pediatric nurse practitioner, social worker, and nutritionist. The team may grow to include other specialists with IBD expertise, such as a pediatric surgeon, colorectal surgeon, dermatologist, ophthalmologist, rheumatologist, endocrinologist, immunologist, and geneticist. The IBD Center serves as the primary source of care for children and coordinates care with all specialists.
We offer a range of treatments including nutritional therapy, medication, and surgery. Treatment for IBD is personal and the treatment plan will evolve as your child grows. We work closely with each family to understand all the issues involved before we make recommendations for treatment. Careful monitoring helps us tailor treatment to your child and family.
As children grow into adults, their needs change. Our transition program provides one-on-one support for each child as they transition into an equally comprehensive medical team at Columbia’s adult IBD Center.
Conditions We Treat
Why Choose Columbia?
State-of-the-Art Endoscopic Services
Endoscopy is a key component in the diagnosis and treatment of IBD. At the Laura Rothenberg Bronchoscopy and Endoscopy Center, we perform more than hundreds of endoscopic procedures a year, including upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and video capsule endoscopy.
Nutritional Therapy Expertise
Our team has deep expertise with nutritional therapies for IBD and an understanding of the challenges they pose for children, adolescents, and their families.
Care for the Most Complex Cases
Columbia’s pediatric specialists are known for their expertise with the most complex cases of IBD. When surgery is necessary, we offer the unparalleled expertise of Columbia’s surgical team to provide the best possible outcome for your child.
Support for the Whole Family
IBD is a disease that affects the whole family, and each family finds its individual strategies for coping. Our team includes a social worker who will work with your family to connect you to appropriate services, which may include referrals to mental health experts, and support groups.
Research and Innovation
Knowledge about IBD is evolving. Our IBD experts are committed to research that advances the care of children with IBD. We participate in clinical trials and can sometimes offer medications not found anywhere else.