Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Southwestern Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Our pediatric IBD team has achieved an 80% remission rate

We understand that managing Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis can feel overwhelming. That’s why we are by your side with world-renowned experts and innovative treatments. The UT Southwestern physicians practicing at Children’s Health℠ contribute to and lead research and share best practices as a founding member of the ImproveCareNow Network, an international quality improvement collaborative recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a vital part of a leading-edge IBD program.

Children's Health IBD Program staff at Camp Oasis. From left, Lily Iteld, Ph.D, Bhaskar Gurram, M.D., Joseph Cantu, R.N., and Megha Mehta, M.D.

While the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is sad to be missing the opportunity to host onsite camp sessions this summer, they are excited to announce that registration for our virtual camp is now open!

The Foundation will be bringing the best parts of camp straight to your home - cabin chats, group activities, color wars, and much more! All kids and teens, entering grades 2-12 in the fall of 2020, with a diagnosis of Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, or indeterminate IBD are welcome to register for our virtual camp, free of charge.

Register here

Our researchers investigate the genetic causes of IBD

Finding the genetic cause and environmental triggers for IBD will help move us closer to a cure for IBD, a disease that impacts 1.5 million people in this country – 25% of which are children. Read more here about ongoing studies and clinical trials led by Luis Sifuentes-Dominguez, M.D. and our entire clinical team.

Total mind-body care for IBD enhances your child’s quality of life

Together with our GI psychologists and IBD-focused registered dietitians, we provide a multidisciplinary approach that brings all of your child’s caregivers together in one clinic, under one roof, to collaboratively create and manage your IBD care plan.

From diagnosis to remission, our goal is to help your child thrive.

  • We engage with community-based support groups such as Gut it Out.
  • Our physicians, dietitians and psychologists offer ongoing educational programs.
  • Our children and teens participate in therapeutic yoga.
  • We support Parent Chat groups, social outings and a formal process for transitioning to adulthood with IBD.
Though Maddie fortunately hasn’t spent much time on the inpatient unit the past few years, the relationships and connections we have made over the years there have truly lasted, and we look forward to giving back each year.
Kristie, mom

Breakthroughs in treating IBD

Pediatric IBD physicians and researchers stand on the leading edge of today’s new treatments. From new and promising medications for steroid-free care, to incorporating cognitive behavioral therapy to manage pain, our team prioritizes health and wellness and a holistic approach.

Contact our pediatric IBD specialists in Dallas to learn more about our program. We are by your side from birth to adulthood with digestive health solutions.

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Meet the Care Team