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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Phoenix Children’s offers leading-edge therapies, educational programs, support groups and research opportunities to help kids with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) experience the best possible health and quality of life.

Inflammatory bowel disease is an umbrella term used to describe disorders that cause chronic inflammation and damage in the gastrointestinal tract. The most common types of IBD are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. There is currently no cure for IBD. However, scientists are discovering new drugs and treatment strategies that help improve symptoms and reduce the long-term effects of this disease.

More than 500 children and adolescents with IBD rely on Phoenix Children’s for their care. They benefit from our IBD Multidisciplinary Clinic, which offers appointments with several providers who specialize in IBD care, including pediatric gastroenterologists, pediatric surgeons, an IBD pharmacist, registered dietitians, nurses and a clinical psychologist. Some of these providers have IBD themselves—they know from personal experience what it’s like to manage this lifelong disease.

Phoenix Children’s is the only hospital in Arizona that is a member of Improve Care Now, an international quality improvement and research network working toward improved health and standardization of care for children with IBD. Improve Care Now is driving innovation and helping us apply new discoveries to the patient care setting right here at Phoenix Children’s.

Nationally Recognized Care

Phoenix Children’s has been recognized as a “Best Children’s Hospital” by U.S. News & World Report in Gastroenterology & Gastroenterology Surgery.

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