Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Program provides comprehensive diagnostic evaluation and treatment for infants through teenagers suffering from all types of IBD, including ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, IBD-unclassified, Very Early Onset (VEO) IBD and inflammatory bowel disease secondary to immune-defective/deficient disorders. We collaborate closely with a variety of departments at Lurie Children's, including pediatric surgery, radiology, and pathology, as well as with the adult IBD program at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. We are an active participant in the international Improve Care Now quality improvement and research consortium.

The Lurie Children's Difference

The IBD program is led by Jeffrey Brown, MD, and Jennifer Strople, MD. Dr. Brown and Dr. Strople each have over 15 years of experience caring for complicated children with IBD. Dr. Brown is the medical director of the IBD center and has had both Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCF) and NIH funding supporting his research efforts in IBD. He is currently a member of the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN) IBD Committee. In addition to being a program specialist in IBD, Dr. Strople serves as Director of Fellowship Training at Lurie Children's, director of the local CCF pediatric professional education symposium, and serves as chair of the NASPGHAN Professional Education Committee.

We utilize a multidisciplinary approach incorporating physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurse specialists, dietitians and social work. Our goal is to tailor each child’s assessment, testing, and treatment individually to achieve both physical and mental wellness.

The IBD center is active in numerous clinical studies and trials, including optimizing established treatment plans and testing new strategies. 

Our primary center is located at the main hospital, but we also provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment at our Outpatient Center in Northbrook and our Outpatient Center in Skokie

Conditions We Treat

Our team treats all types of IBD, including:

Our Specialists

Jeffrey B. Brown, MD

Medical Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Jennifer A. Strople, MD

Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Joseph M. Runde, DO

Attending Physician, Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Caroline Lois, MPAS, PA-C

Physician Assistant, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Janett Medina, MA

Lauren Potthoff, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist, The Pritzker Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

Assistant Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Caroline Salozzo, MBA, RD, CNSC, LDN

Clinical Pediatric Dietitian

Kate Beckham, RN

IBD Nurse

Beata Borawski, MSN, APRN-NP, CPNP

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Laura Cambruzzi, LCSW

IBD/GI Social Worker

Micquel Hart

Clinical Research Coordinator II

Katherine Hyma, RN

IBD Nurse

Sally Schwartz, RD, LDN

Registered Dietitian

Taylor Yendick, RN

Elpidia Castillo

Sr. Administrative Assistant

Patrice Palmer

Administrative Assistant

Gabriela Vargas, MA

Medical Assistant


If you'd like to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists, visit our Appointments page for more information.


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