What We Treat

Inflammatory bowel disease

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) is a serious condition that sometimes requires an expert opinion when conventional therapies fail. The Children's Physician Group IBD Second Opinion Program can be particular helpful for:

  • Children with IBD who fail to respond to conventional treatment approaches or who require long-term steroid therapy
  • Children who may benefit from new treatment therapies
  • Children with delayed growth or sexual development
  • Parents who need advice about whether their children need surgical intervention

Make an appointment

Please call 404-785-KIDS (5437) to make, cancel or reschedule an appointment.

If you are a new patient, please complete our new patient form to request an appointment.

Prepare for your appointment

What to bring

  • If you are a new patient, print out our new patient form, complete it and bring it with you
  • Driver's license
  • Insurance card
  • Your child's medicine or a list of your child's medicines with dosages
  • Questions for the doctor or nurse
  • Cash for parking (allow an extra 15 minutes to park)
  • Medical records from your other doctors or hospitals. You can ask them to fax records to 404-785-9111

Medicine

Call your pharmacy one to two weeks before your prescription runs out and ask them to fax a refill request to 404-785-9113. This will take two business days to process.

Insurance

  • It is important to let us know of any changes to your insurance. We will need your most up-to-date information to get approval for medications or procedures.
  • It is your responsibility to know what is covered by your insurance policy. We will try to get all necessary approvals from your insurance company before your child's procedure.

Services We Offer

Second opinion services

Our team provides second opinions for children and teens with difficult or unusual cases of Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. We offer a thorough evaluation by a team of experts, including physicians, nutritionists, radiologists and a psychologist.

Nutritional assessments are performed to help manage short-term macro and micro-nutritional needs and to prevent long-term complications, such as osteoporosis. Psychological assessments also are available when requested.

Most of our patients are seen at our outpatient clinic, with no admission to the hospital. Visits usually take two days, but in some cases, the exam can be finished in one day. Your child’s appointment will include:

  • Thorough consultation from one or more of our specialists

  • Possible esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) and colonoscopy

  • Other studies, such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or video capsule endoscopy may be necessary to evaluate the extent of small bowel Crohn’s disease

All of our findings will be shared with you, your child’s primary pediatrician and gastroenterologist at the end of your visit to ensure your child gets the comprehensive care needed at home.

Innovative research

Our doctors are also actively involved in various research studies and clinical trials to better understand the causes of IBD and to find new treatments. These studies include a large national risk-stratification project; studies examining the genetics of IBD; and the evaluation of medical imaging of patients of IBD. Some of these efforts might fit in with your child’s needs, giving access to advance treatments and medicines—rather than surgery. 

Learn more about research at Children's

Our Unique Approach

Why choose Children's?

Led by Subra Kugathasan, M.D., a nationally recognized expert in the field of pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, our team combines the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, making Children's Physician Group a top choice for the treatment of IBD in children and teens.