Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin is a nationally recognized center for the treatment of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease. Our program provides family-centered care, management and consultation for children. 

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a broad term that refers to conditions that cause inflammation of the intestines. The two most common inflammatory conditions are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

Our team approach

We take great pride in using a variety of resources to provide the very best care for your child. Our comprehensive approach to IBD care includes:

  • A pediatric gastroenterologist who specializes in IBD, including management of difficult or unusual diseases.
  • A pediatric nursing staff with an extensive knowledge of the disease as well as the treatments available.
  • A registered pediatric dietician who will help you manage your child’s diet in a manner that is safe and compatible with his or her IBD.
  • A psychologist who specializes in chronic diseases is available for individual and family counseling.
  • Pediatric surgeons specializing in complex IBD surgery, including expertise in less invasive methods.
  • Social workers who can assist in any financial challenges that may be associated with certain treatments.

This approach to IBD is especially helpful for children who:

  • Don’t respond to conventional treatments
  • May benefit from new and novel therapies
  • Have delayed growth or sexual development
  • May benefit from a second opinion
  • Have an urgent need for surgery


Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is proud to be a part of ImproveCareNow, a national quality improvement initiative to enhance care in pediatric IBD. By partnering with other expert IBD centers across the country, we are able to provide the best care possible using up-to-date methods and treatment plans. ImproveCareNow has developed a Parent Working Group, a national network of parents and guardians of children with IBD that collaborate to track and manage the child's care.