As the region’s only academic comprehensive Inflammatory Bowel Disease program, the experts at UCI Health can treat your IBD from the earliest stages to the most complex cases.
Fully integrated IBD expertise
Our specialists have additional specialized training in IBD, making us the leading IBD experts in the region. We provide leading-edge care with expertise in the use of new drug therapies, therapeutic drug monitoring, advanced surgical techniques and integrative holistic care.
Our IBD services are also fully integrated. Patients have access to IBD-trained specialists:
- Nurse navigators
- Health coaches
- Social workers
Our colorectal surgery team is among the largest and most experienced in the region. We offer minimally invasive approaches to complex Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, and we are a high-volume center of excellence for J-pouch procedures.
Holistic IBD care
UCI Health offers holistic, personalized IBD treatment that includes excellent ostomy care, patient education and social support. Our IBD support group is the longest-running in Orange County facilitated by a licensed social worker.
As the only academic health system in Orange County, UCI Health gives you access to the latest therapies, clinical trials and research studies on the causes and best approaches to treating IBD.
Meet our patients
Grateful Crohn’s disease patient gives back
Dave Webster relishes being able to eat anything he wants, take long hikes and live life free from debilitating inflammatory bowel disease. Inspired by his care at UCI Health, he returned to school to become a nurse and today the 47-year-old volunteers as a “GI buddy” helping fellow IBD patients.
Crohn’s disease: treating the individual
Michelle Schwartz was 12 years old when she started having severe stomach pains. “From my first appointment with Dr. Parekh, I realized [UCI Health] provide a level of care I hadn’t experienced before.” Parekh and Schwartz finally found a medication that worked, and Schwartz was even able to travel to Costa Rica for her honeymoon the following year. “We… didn’t compromise on the wedding, even though traveling with Crohn’s can be really challenging,” she says. “I’ve been good ever since.”