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Who we are

Our team is comprised of gastroenterologists, nurses, a dietitian, a social worker, child life specialists, and research coordinators.

The nursing team is your first point of contact when your child is having a flare of their disease. With a phone call or email correspondence, the nurses will triage your care needs according to how sick your child is. Your nursing team is here to respond to your IBD-related concerns only. For other medical concerns, please contact your family doctor.

Although we are busy seeing other patients in clinic and other parts of the hospital, we access our voicemail and email at least once per business day, and respond to patient-related queries in a priority sequence. We aim to give a reply within 24 to 72 hours.

What we do

Receiving a diagnosis of Crohn’s Disease or Ulcerative Colitis can be a stressful period in your child’s life, and in your family life. Although IBD is a lifelong disease, the team at SickKids is here to help and guide you each step of the way.

EDUCATION - One of our IBD team members will devote the time to educate you and your family about the disease.

RESEARCH - The IBD Centre is well known for its research endeavors. We greatly appreciate the time and effort patients and families contribute to research. We rely heavily on research to guide future practices, and provide better care for our IBD patients. You will be approached for research programs and can make an informed decision before choosing to participate.

Our clinics

CLINIC VISITS - We are a family-centred program. We rely on our partnerships with you to provide the best care possible. Initially, we may ask you to come more frequently for follow-up appointments, especially when the diagnosis is new. Later we would still like to see each patient at least every 6 to 12 months. Your health-care provider will discuss with you about ongoing follow-up care.

In Ontario, the paediatric age is considered 0 to 18 years old. This means we see your child until they are 18. As your teenager approaches 18, we will discuss transitional care to help your child move into an adult care setting.

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