Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for Children

The Mayo Clinic Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center for Children is committed to a compassionate and integrated approach to the medical and surgical management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), growth and bone development, and psychosocial issues unique to children who have IBD. IBD primarily includes ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, and less commonly, collagenous colitis and eosinophilic gastroenteritis.

Our pediatric IBD specialists are actively engaged in multiple research efforts to improve the treatment of children with IBD. These efforts include new treatments, nationwide collaborations to improve the effectiveness of existing treatments and understanding the cause of IBD.

Comprehensive team approach

Mayo's IBD Center for Children has many specialists who work together through coordinated appointments to address the unique concerns of children with IBD.

Team members include pediatric gastroenterologists specializing in the treatment of IBD, pediatric surgeons, pediatric endocrinologists, pediatric nurse practitioners, pediatric mental health specialists, and other pediatric specialists as needed. In addition, the center has pediatric radiologists with expertise in IBD, as well as access to a state-of-the-art imaging center and experienced laboratory specialists.

Mayo's IBD Center for Children offers comprehensive services in a family-friendly environment. Pediatric nurses with specialized expertise in IBD will:

  • Coordinate the care of your child with IBD
  • Provide education about IBD to you and your child
  • Facilitate rapid communication between your family and the medical team

A registered dietitian provides medical nutrition therapy (MNT). MNT includes:

  • Review and analysis of your child's medical and diet history, lab and clinical test values, and growth trends
  • Management of appropriate nutrient intake and patient education
  • Recommendations about food, nutrients and meals to help manage IBD

A clinical social worker can support your family in a variety of ways. This key member of the IBD team can:

  • Help you identify and use resources in the community
  • Effectively advocate with insurers and other institutions, such as schools
  • Provide psychological support as your child copes with a chronic disease
  • Help your child transition to become an independent advocate for his or her health

Very early-onset IBD

Very young children with IBD represent a unique population that requires highly specialized care. This represents a distinct problem that in many cases indicates a more definable problem with the immune system called primary immunodeficiency.

Mayo Clinic's pediatric IBD experts can lead a coordinated consult for very early-onset IBD (VEO-IBD) patients, collaborating with immunologists, utilizing the unique resources of the Center for Individualized Medicine. The latest genomic techniques can help identify previously unrecognized disorders, leading to an individualized treatment strategy.

Adult IBD specialists

Mayo Clinic integrates pediatric and adult IBD specialists in a unique way that facilitates a smooth transition for patients from a child-centered approach through adulthood. This collaborative relationship allows us to offer a coordinated evaluation for families with multiple affected family members.


The Mayo Clinic IBD Center for Children strives to improve its knowledge and ability to treat IBD through research. Research coordinators can explain the opportunities available to you and your child to participate in these important efforts.


Make an appointment at Mayo Clinic Children's Center and learn about patient services.