Children with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) may experience abdominal pain, diarrhea and a poor appetite.
IBD refers to two separate conditions that cause inflammation in different parts of the gastrointestinal tract. These conditions are:
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Riley at IU Health treats children with IBD through special monthly appointments. These appointments let you and your child see a gastroenterologist, a dietitian and an IBD research nurse all during the same visit. If needed, you and your child can also consult with our psychologist, social worker, pediatric surgeon and parent mentors.
As part of Riley at IU Health, we can utilize many additional resources such as extensive pediatric specialists, specialized pediatric equipment and many supportive pediatric programs sponsored by Child Life.
Your child will be evaluated by gastrointestinal specialists who are fellowship-trained and board certified. We use capsule endoscopy to explore the intestines. This procedure allows us to examine your child's condition without using radiation or tubes.
We have been successfully treating children with IBD for more than 30 years with advanced diagnostic tests and treatment options. We tailor care for each child to provide the best treatment possible.
Our doctors regularly attend medical conferences to learn about the latest treatments and ways to manage IBD. The large size of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Riley at IU Health allows our team to participate in national and international research studies and quality improvement organizations. This makes more treatments available to children with moderate to severe disease who do not respond to standard therapies.
Our pediatric specialists provide patient- and family-centered care for most related conditions. The links below provide more specific information about some, but not all, of the conditions that we treat.
We offer a number of different Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program services. Below are some, but not all, of the services that we provide. If you have a question about a specific service that is not listed here, please contact our program.
Care provided through the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program is coordinated through our specialized pediatric gastroenterology doctors.
In addition to our primary hospital location at the Academic Health Center in Indianapolis, IN, we have convenient locations to better serve our communities throughout the state.
Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition
575 Riley Hospital Dr
Indianapolis, IN 46202
The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program at Riley at IU Health provides the following forms for parents, healthcare providers and personnel. We have also curated relevant resources from other websites and provided links with brief descriptions of the information that is available.
We provide multispecialty care for a number of conditions. Below are links to our related departments.
We work with referring physicians and actively participate in a wide range of research on IBD to provide children and their families with the most accurate diagnosis. Healthcare providers and families may contact the Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition Department at Riley at IU Health or the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program to schedule an appointment.
Riley at IU Health works with referring physicians in Indiana and beyond.Refer A Patient
Physicians within the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program give lectures to medical students, residents and fellows. Students, residents and fellows gain hands-on experience in the outpatient gastrointestinal clinics and inpatient gastrointestinal services, all of which are supervised by pediatric gastrointestinal specialists. Gastrointestinal fellows are trained in gastrointestinal endoscopic procedures for three years.