Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic lifelong disease that includes both Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis. There are 1 million Americans living with inflammatory bowel disease. One quarter of patients are diagnosed before they are 20 years old. The cause of inflammatory bowel disease is not yet known, be we know that there are many factors involved including genetic and environmental influences. Inflammatory bowel disease affects multiple systems in the body, including the GI system, eyes, joints, skin and liver.
The UF Health Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic consists of a multidisciplinary team of highly experienced and compassionate professionals who will provide expert management of your child’s disease. Children and young adults with Crohn’s Disease and Ulcerative Colitis often require a combination of medications and nutritional support for treatment. Our services bring together expert healthcare providers from different fields, including physicians from pediatric gastroenterology, nutrition, pediatric psychology, pediatric surgery, pediatric radiology, pathology, as well as specialists in nursing, clinical pharmacy, social work, and child life services. The collaboration includes weekly meetings to discuss various aspects of your child’s health where we develop individualized patient plans.
We work with children and young adults through all stages of treatment. As part of our focus, we help build skills sets and set responsibility expectations to help young adults one-day transition to adult gastroenterology. Our program offers the most up-to-date diagnostic testing available at academic pediatric centers including esophagogastroduodenoscopy, sigmoidoscopy, colonoscopy, video capsule endoscopy, magnetic resonance enterography (MRE), as well as genetic and serologic testing. A unique benefit of our program is the monthly support group for patients and families we facilitate. This group has been active since 2012 and provides education, fellowship and lively discussion focused on issues including nutrition, challenges at school and home, medication and treatment. View the information about GATORS support group (Gainesville Area Teens Offering Remedies & Support), including location and meeting dates.
What sets us apart is our pediatric-specific facilities and specialists including:
- Children’s Surgical Center
- Pediatric infusion room
- Outpatient pediatric clinic
- Support group for our patients & families
- Dedicated pediatric specialists including Pediatric Surgeons, Radiologists, Anesthesiologists, and Pathologists
- Child Psychology, Dietician, GI team, & Surgeons present at every IBD clinic
Meet Our Team
- Christopher Jolley, M.D.
Attending physician and division chief Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition
Co-director Inflammatory bowel disease clinic
- Genie Beasley, M.D.
Attending physician Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition
Co-director Inflammatory bowel disease clinic
- Saleem Islam, M.D.
Attending physician Pediatric Surgery
- Joan English, PA
Physician Assistant Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Nutrition
- Dan Stewart, RD
- David Janicke, Ph.D
Professor of Clinical and Health Psychology
- Jon Williams, M.D.
Attending physician & division chief Pediatric Radiology
- Sno White, M.D.
Attending physician & division chief Pediatric Anesthesiology
What is Inflammatory Bowel Disease?
View our list of resources from GIKids.org below.
- What is Crohn’s disease?
- What is Ulcerative colitis?
- Medications for IBD
- Surgery for IBD
- Vaccines for children/teens with IBD
- Nutrition Guide
News & Events
Conditions & Services
- Anal fissure
- Anorectal abscess
- Capsule Endoscopy
- Crohn disease
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Joint pain
- Joint swelling
- Magnetic resonance enterography
- Perianal fistula
- Pseudomembranous colitis
- Small bowel resection
- Total proctocolectomy and ileal-anal pouch
- Total proctocolectomy with ileostomy
- Ulcerative colitis
To obtain a copy of your medical records from UF Health Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, please contact 352-273-9350.
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Financial AssistancePatients who lack insurance coverage or are unable to pay their portion of the healthcare services they receive may qualify for financial assistance based upon their income level.
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