Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Penn State Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center (IBD Center) is a nationally-recognized facility dedicated solely to the diagnosis, treatment and eventual cure of patients suffering with inflammatory bowel diseases including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
We at Penn State Health believe that IBD patients have unique and specialized needs. This demands a multi-specialty approach to provide the best care for this disease. Accordingly, we have organized and staffed our Penn State IBD Center with dedicated IBD medical experts from multiple specialties, all highly-trained and well experienced in the treatment of Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
We believe that this multi-specialty approach enables the Penn State IBD Center to offer multiple concurrent services in a single setting – an unequaled level of service currently available only at the Penn State IBD Center.
Most advanced treatment options available
We routinely provide advanced diagnostic and treatment techniques that are not widely available elsewhere. These include MR enterography, chromoendoscopy, and laparoscopy.
All services under one roof
Unlike other providers, the Penn State IBD Center offers all of our services at one site. Gastroenterologists and colorectal surgeons share the same clinic, providing a single location for our patients who require multiple services during a single visit.
If x-rays, blood work, enterstomal therapy, dermatology, or other ancillary services are required during a patient visit, these services and medical professionals are all located within our IBD clinic site.
Long history of research
Our IBD team leads the nation with our long-standing commitment to cutting-edge IBD research, including the establishment of the nation's largest IBD BioBank and registry of IBD patients including DNA, blood, and tissue samples from multiple generations of IBD patients.
In addition, we have pioneered research in the field of personalized medicine, and have completed over 50 research studies and published over 100 nationally recognized IBD-specific research papers.
Highest quality patient experience
The Penn State IBD Center offers the services of a dedicated personalized IBD nurse navigator whose primary responsibility is to navigate our patients through our health system in an optimal and efficient manner.
Our navigator is available by phone to answer questions, direct patients to services, and assist with scheduling. Our IBD service model immediately puts patients in direct contact with a trained IBD medical nurse navigator who understands their concerns and needs.
Exceptional ongoing patient support and education
Our IBD Center provides extensive community outreach and education programs, including IBD patient symposiums and multiple ongoing patient support groups that meet monthly.
We’ve partnered with Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) to raise public awareness of IBD by sponsoring CCFA "Take Steps" walks throughout Pennsylvania, as well as performing newsletter and website collaboration.
Specialized pediatric IBD experts and services
We offer specialized care for pediatric IBD patients, including a pediatric transition clinic for pediatric patients about to transition to adult IBD care. We also participate in national pediatric IBD quality improvement initiatives, including ImproveCareNow and PROKIIDS.
Internationally recognized IBD experts
Our doctors and surgeons are all leaders in the field of inflammatory bowel disease, having been awarded top honors including Castle Connolly's list of America's Top Doctors.