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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

The MassGeneral Hospital for Children Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center provides a multidisciplinary approach for the care of children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, and Crohn’s disease).

To make an appointment, please call: 1-877-PEDI-IBD


Children with a chronic illness benefit from a multidisciplinary approach to their care. We have built a team with expertise in diagnosing and managing children and adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

Team approach for individual patients

Patients are cared for by an IBD team that includes:

  • Pediatric gastroenterologist who specializes in caring for patients with IBD
  • Experienced IBD nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Psychologist/psychiatrist
  • Social worker
  • Pediatric surgeon
  • Radiologists experienced in evaluating IBD
  • Pathologists with expertise in diagnosing IBD

These specialists work together in a single program to provide a comprehensive approach to the care of your child. Every patient requires individualized care reflecting this individuality. We strive to incorporate current evidence-based guidelines and ongoing clinical, translational, and basic science research to offer the most up-to-date treatment options for our patients.

Diagnosing IBD

Patient evaluation involves a detailed history and exam. Further testing may include blood testing, endoscopic testing, and radiologic studies. If your child needs a procedure (endoscopy or radiology study), our Child Life specialists will insure that you and your child’s experience is as easy as possible. In February 2012, we opened a new, state-of-the-art Pediatric Endoscopy unit with the newest equipment in a friendly and appropriate space for children, adolescents and their families.

The Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children.

An evaluation may also include radiology studies such as Upper GI series, Magnetic Resonance Enteroscopy (MRE), as well as other imaging techniques when indicated. Our colleagues in Pediatric Radiology use techniques that significantly limit radiation exposure to pediatric patients without compromising the quality of the study.

Innovative research

Our IBD Program also has an active research program in which patients will have the opportunity to participate in research studies trying to understand the relationship between IBD, intestinal bacteria, genetic factors, and the role that certain diets have on IBD. Our center has been selected to participate in many clinical trials of new medications for children who may not have responded to currently approved and available treatments.

Meet the Team

About this Program

Our Program’s Philosophy

  • Each child with IBD is cared for by a primary gastroenterologist and an IBD nurse who are part of a larger team that contributes to your child's care.    
  • You and your family play a key role on “Your IBD team.”
  • Your IBD team may include nutritionists, pediatric surgeons, social workers, stoma therapists, ophthalmologists, dermatologists, and psychiatrists or psychologists when necessary. 
  • Education about IBD is very important in achieving the best outcomes.  All new patients meet along with the family for a private teaching session about IBD.  We will offer additional educational experiences on websites we have verified as credible.  We encourage you and your child to ask questions and actively participate in all decisions affecting you or your child's care.
  • Research and new knowledge result in improvements in patient care and we offer our patients the opportunity, if they choose, to be part of studies that will lead to better care of children with IBD.  Our IBD program is one of the largest contributors to the Improve Care Now IBD Registry.
  • Communication and accessibility are important to us.  We have a direct phone number that is answered directly by the IBD nurse 1-877-PEDI-IBD (1-877-733-4423) and a page number that is answered 24/7 by a member of the GI staff. 

Conditions & Diseases

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a condition characterized by chronic inflammation somewhere in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract.  This inflammation is not due to an infection.  At least 1 million people in the US have IBD, and 25% are children.  It equally affects boys and girls and occurs in all races.

Symptoms of IBD include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Blood in bowel movements
  • Weight loss and loss of appetite
  • Mouth ulcers (or “canker sores”)
  • Vomiting
  • Fever
  • Anemia
  • Delayed puberty
  • Poor growth
  • Joint pain

IBD is usually divided into 2 types, Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, but some patients with colitis cannot be classified into these two groups and are considered to have indeterminate colitis.  Crohn’s disease can affect any and all parts of the GI tract (anywhere from the mouth to the rectum) while ulcerative colitis mostly affects the large intestine.

Treatment of IBD often involves nutritional therapy or medicines that your doctor will discuss with you depending on your type of IBD.  Exercise, sleep, and reduction of stress are also important in managing these diseases.

  • Crohn's Disease

    Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease that is a chronic condition that may recur at various times over a lifetime.

Patient Resources

Clinical Trials


Contact Us

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care

Suite 6B32 Fruit Street Boston, MA 02114
  • Near Public Transit
  • Accessible
  • Phone: 877-733-4423

Patients or healthcare providers may call the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center by calling 1-877-PEDI-IBD (877-733-4423) and the staff will call your patient within 1 business day.

Patients may also call the Pediatric GI Call Center at 617-726-8705 to schedule an appointment.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Yawkey Building
55 Fruit Street
Suite 6D
Boston, MA 02114

MGHfC at Newton Wellesley Hospital Pediatric IBD Program

Newton Wellesley Hospital

6 South
2000 Washington Street
Newton, MA

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes


To make an appointment, please call: 1-877-PEDI-IBD

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