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Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Contact number | 202-476-3032
Infant and pediatric gastroenterology specialist, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program. John Snyder is Division Chief.

Understanding Treatments

Caring for inflammatory bowel disease requires more than one single solution. Learn more about the current treatment options for IBD.

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Inflammatory bowel disease, or IBD, is a chronic inflammatory disease of the digestive tract. IBD includes a number of conditions, including ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. IBD can be painful, and may severely affect your child’s quality of life.

At Children’s National Hospital, we work with your child and family to manage all aspects of IBD. From diagnosis to ongoing care, our expert IBD team members combine their skills and experience in a warm, compassionate environment.

IBD Clinic at Children’s National: Why Choose Us

When your child has IBD, it affects their physical and emotional health. Children’s National IBD Clinic takes a holistic approach to care, offering comprehensive services to help your child feel better and enjoy daily activities, including sports, friends, and school. Features of our IBD Clinic include:

  • Experienced physicians. All of our physicians are board certified in pediatric gastroenterology, with years of experience diagnosing and treating children with IBD. They have dedicated their careers to caring for children who are living with these chronic digestive conditions.
  • Accessible team. Our IBD Clinic members are available whenever you need us. We communicate regularly with your family and your child’s pediatrician, making sure to provide coordinated and uninterrupted care. If you have questions or concerns, we make sure to respond in a timely and efficient manner.
  • Full spectrum of care. From expert diagnosis to medical management to surgery, our IBD Clinic provides services for every aspect of your child’s care. This includes seamless transitional care as your child moves into adulthood.
  • Child-centered care. Our team members understand that children are not simply mini adults. We use specialized techniques and technology to diagnose and treat your child. Our radiology department, endoscopy suite and infusion facilities are designed to deliver age-appropriate, family and child-centered care.
  • Nutrition and development. As part of our child-centered philosophy, our IBD team understands the importance of proper nutrition so your child can grow and develop. A pediatric dietician is an important part of your child’s team, ensuring that your child receives the necessary nutrients to promote healthy growth.
  • Community Involvement. Our care providers work closely with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America and the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition to help support and advocate for our patients.  
  • Experienced surgeons. Our surgeons are highly skilled and specialize in the care of children with IBD, for those rare cases when surgery is necessary.  We have dedicated pediatric wound and ostomy nurses who care for your child if needed. Learn more about general and thoracic surgery for children at Children’s National.  

Jared D.'s Story

Crohns Disease

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Eighteen months after Christopher and Julie Dobry had their son Jared, they noticed something was not right. He was experiencing intense stomach discomfort and digestive issues that seemed to only worsen over time. For years afterward, they traveled from doctor to doctor trying to find the right diagnosis.

Jared D.'s Story

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program Team