Inflammatory Bowel Disease

  • Services

    At Cincinnati Children’s, we recognize the differences and challenges of treating young adults with inflammatory bowel disease, particularly those between the ages of 13 and 18 when self-management is critical. Thanks to our unique diagnostic abilities and pediatric expertise, we are a leading national referral center for complicated inflammatory bowel disease / IBD management.

    The depth and breadth of services we offer are unparalleled, as Cincinnati Children’s is one of the few children’s hospitals that offers an IBD focus within Gastroenterology, Surgery, Pain Management and Psychology.

    Our Interdisciplinary Approach

    One of our strengths is our diversity: our team members come together from multiple disciplines to address pediatric IBD issues. We are also privileged to partner with surgeons at Cincinnati Children’s who specialize in the correction of pediatric colorectal disorders.  And since the best care is provided when primary care physicians and families partner with our specialists to make medical decisions, we work closely with referring physicians to plan comprehensive strategies for care.

    Evidence-Based Care

    Pediatric evidence-based care guidelines have been developed at Cincinnati Children's by a team of gastroenterologists, clinical effectiveness physicians, and evidence-based experts working together with patients and families. These guidelines are used by our care team and also help pediatricians provide the best possible care to inflammatory bowel disease patients. Our goal in developing them was to set a standard of care that is evidence-based, efficient, family-centered and safe.

    Resources for Families

    We believe in providing family-centered care where health care providers and the family are partners -- working together to best meet the need of the child. Our inflammatory bowel disease specialists educate patients and families and assist with quality-of-life issues. Available resources include:

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    Family Education Day

    Family Education Day is an annual event that addresses topics such as self-management and transitioning into adulthood with inflammatory bowel disease. Read more.

    New patient orientation

    New patient orientation: We offer registration for our bi-monthly new patient orientation sessions at Cincinnati Children’s. Contact us for more information.

    Health Education Topics

    Read various health education topics with illustrations and detailed information on IBD causes, symptoms and treatments. Read more.

    Specially trained Nurses

    Our nurses are specially trained in the field of pediatric gastroenterology.


    CarePages is a free service allowing patients and families to create personal, private web pages to share news with family and friends before, during and after hospitalization. Read more.

    Guest Services

    Guest Services helps out-of-town families plan their travel details and schedule appointments so they can concentrate on their child. Read more.

    Outside Links

    • UC and Crohn's: A support website for teens with Crohn's Disease.
    • IBD U: An online resource portal with tips and info to help patients transition from pediatric care to adult care, for teens with ulcerative colitis or Crohn's Disease.
    • North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) : Advances the understanding of the normal development and physiology of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract and liver in infants and children.
    • Children's Digestive Health and Nutrition Foundation (CDHNF): Established by the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN), CDHNF is an online resource for medical professionals, parents and patients.
    • GIKids is the patient outreach and education effort of NASPGHAN - the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition – an organization of more than 1400 pediatric gastroenterologists.
    • ImproveCareNow is a network of pediatric IBD centers across the country, Canada and the UK dedicated to the improvement the care and health of all children and adolescents with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

    • Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA): The CCFA is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis.

    • The mission at Empowered by Kids is to " "to engage and empower patients / parents to have a voice for those impacted by chronic diseases to become advocates in their care and to make a difference in the life of a patient by offering hope, experience, inspiration and a passion to change healthcare."

  • Education

    As part of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, we’re committed to providing our field with the next generation of industry-leading clinicians and researchers. Learn more about our training programs and fellowships.


    As part of our mission to improve the lives of children with inflammatory bowel disease, members of the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition actively pursue research, including various aspects of IBD causes and treatment. Current studies include:

    Risk stratification and identification of immunogenetic and microbial markers of rapid disease  progression in children with Crohn’s disease.
    This multi-center project will define genetic, genomic, microbial, and immune markers of disease progression in children with newly diagnosed Crohn’s Disease. 

    Telehealth Enhancement of Adherence to Medication in Pediatric IBD (TEAM Study)
    The primary goal of this multi-center study is to test the efficacy of a telehealth behavioral treatment on medication adherence in children and adolescents with IBD. 

    Predicting Response to Standardized Pediatric Colitis Therapy: The PROTECT Study
    This project will conduct a prospective multi-center clinical trial of standardized medical therapy in pediatric Ulcerative Colitis and will identify genetic and immune predictors of response.  

    Genes, Environment, and Microbes Study
    This prospective multi-center case-control study will determine differences in genetic polymorphisms, environmental exposures, and the microbial community between first degree relatives of Crohn’s Disease patients who developed IBD and those who do not

    Characterizing the gut microbial ecosystem for diagnosis and therapy in IBD
    This multi-center project will assess the composition and biomolecular activity of gut microbes in IBD patients over time using many different experimental techniques, which will be combined to provide an extensive data resource aiding our understanding of the disease.

    Learn more about our current studies and projects.

  • Lee (Ted) Denson, MD, researches growth hormone therapy to treat pediatric Crohn's disease.

    Lee (Ted) Denson, MD, researches growth hormone therapy to treat pediatric Crohn's disease.

    IBD Services

    Lee (Ted) Denson, MD, researches growth hormone therapy to treat pediatric Crohn's disease.

    Lee (Ted) Denson, MD, researches growth hormone therapy to treat pediatric Crohn's disease.

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