Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) | Symptoms | MedStar Health
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At the MedStar Health Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center, we understand that IBD can affect people at any stage of life, disrupting their personal, professional, and social experiences. We work together with our IBD patients to provide them with the best medical and surgical care. Our goals are to:

  • Control the disease progression and symptoms
  • Prevent disease complications
  • Minimize medication side effects
  • Achieve the best quality of life

Conditions treated and services offered

The IBD Center treats all types of IBD conditions, including:

Our patients benefit from the full range of diagnostic, therapeutic, and surgical approaches to IBD care. We offer high-tech imaging, minimally invasive approaches, the latest prescription medications, and a spectrum of lifestyle and nutrition supports.



For patients with Crohn’s disease or ulcerative colitis, our treatment options include inpatient and outpatient infusion and injection therapy. During infusion therapy, patients are administered a type of drug called a biologic through an IV drip.  Biologics target proteins in the body that cause inflammation. When coupled with quality care coordination, infusion options can help patients with moderate to severe IBD successfully treat symptoms, avoid complications of their disease, and potentially reverse the damage caused by inflammation.

How can I participate in a clinical trial for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease?

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Schedule a visit to discuss whether you qualify for one of our trials in ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. 202-719-0761

Watch the video to hear Dr. Mark Mattar explain the difference between IBD, Crohn's disease, and colitis.

Our multidisciplinary inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) team

IBD Qorus and Crohn's and Colitis Foundation
Every member of our team has specialized expertise in treating IBD patients. The IBD Center also cares for the highest volume of patients with IBD in the entire Washington, D.C., area—meaning that our clinicians and researchers have unparalleled experience in this specialty. Our team’s depth of clinical knowledge is key to helping patients achieve their best possible outcomes. We understand that each patient's situation is unique, and our IBD Center offers second opinions on how to manage complex and challenging situations.

The MedStar Georgetown IBD Center patients participate in IBD Qorus.

Patients at the IBD Center benefit from a collaborative clinical approach.  Gastroenterologists, surgeons, radiologists, and pathologists come together at multidisciplinary IBD rounds to discuss and review the details of each patient's case and devise the best plan of care. All of the clinicians at these team meetings have specific expertise in managing and treating IBD patients.

The gastroenterologists on our IBD team also work closely with other physicians throughout the MedStar Health network and across clinical specialties, including:

Our providers

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Expert gastroenterology care

Getting the care you need starts with seeing one of our gastroenterologists.