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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program


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The multidisciplinary Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program at Children’s National Medical Center provides comprehensive care for children and teens with Crohn disease, ulcerative colitis, indeterminate colitis, and other inflammatory conditions of the intestine, such as Bechet’s disease and vasculitis. Our primary goal is to provide the highest level of patient and family-centered care. We provide care for each child from their initial diagnosis through age 21, with the goal of empowering the child and family to successfully manage these lifelong diseases.

About the Program
Beginning at diagnosis, our multidisciplinary team provides care and education for the whole range of problems encountered by our patients and their families. The team includes pediatric gastroenterologists with expertise in IBD, nurse practitioners, nurses, a dietitian, a social worker, a psychologist and an experienced administrative staff. Children’s National provides access to the full array of specialty services required to support our IBD Program.

A critical component of the program is expert radiology services, including the use of Magnetic Resonance (MR) enterography, a state-of-the-art imaging technique that allows children to undergo sensitive scanning without exposure to radiation. We work in close collaboration with a wide variety of other subspecialists at Children’s National, such as expert rheumatologists, endocrinologists and surgeons. We also connect families with valuable community resources and support, including the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded, supportive program of comprehensive management for your child’s IBD that will allow him to successfully navigate his school and extracurricular activities, childhood and adolescent development, and family life.

About the Team
  • Physicians: Laurie Conklin MD (Program Director), Benny Kerzner MD, Vahe Badalyan, MD, Ali Bader MD, Anil Darbari MD, Parvathi Mohan, MD, Muhammad Khan MD, MPH, Seema Khan MD, Teena Sebastian MD, Sona Sehgal MD, John Snyder MD, Jaime Wolfe MD
  • IBD Program Coordinators and Nurses: Ellen Clore PNP, Molly Alston, RN, Erin Garth, PNP, Nicole Stein, RN
  • Registered Dietician: Cheryl Molinatto, RD
  • Psychologist: Aaron Rakow, PhD
  • Social Worker: Yvonne Doerre, MSW
Scheduling an Appointment
Early diagnosis of IBD is important because of potential complications if left untreated. For example, a child with IBD may have rectal bleeding, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or poor growth. Your child’s doctor may refer you to the IBD clinic if your child has symptoms of IBD. Parents may also contact Children’s Referral and Information line at 1-888-884-BEAR (2327) to learn about scheduling an appointment in the IBD Clinic. The scheduler will ask you several questions to determine if your child needs to see the clinic’s specialists.

The regular IBD clinic schedule is from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Mondays at the Sheikh Zayed Campus of Children’s National Medical Center, and on Tuesdays at Children's National Regional Outpatient Center of Montgomery County in Rockville, MD. To make it easier for families, appointments may be scheduled with physicians at other locations and times, outside of these clinics. - Departments & Programs - Children's National Medical Center