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.

Camp Oasis -  Ashish Patel, MD Children's Health

Camp Oasis - Children's Health IBD Team

The IBD team enjoys attending summer camp every year at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Camp Oasis.

Ashish Patel, M.D., serves as Medical Director, and in 2018 was awarded “Happy Camper” by the Foundation.

Back Row (left to right): Joseph Cantu, RN, Bhaskar Gurram, MD, Lily Iteld, PhD, Ashish Patel, MD, Sara Hassan, MD (Fellow), Erin San Miguel, RN and Phuong Luu, PA-C

Front Row (left to right): Keeley Machen (Child life), Meghana Sathe, MD and Diana Lorena Montoya, MD (Fellow)

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 or Plano to learn more about our program. We are by your side from birth to adulthood with digestive health solutions.

Patient Resources

External Resources

Summer Camp


Meet the Care Team