Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) | Gastrointestinal Treatment | MedStar Health
MedStar Health physicians at the Center for Digestive Disease can recommend treatments for inflammatory bowel disease.

Women make up 50 percent of all inflammatory bowel disease cases

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) involves chronic inflammation of all or part of your digestive tract. People with IBD usually experience severe diarrhea, pain, fatigue, and weight loss. The experts at the Center for Digestive Disease at MedStar Health can help you manage your symptoms and restore your quality of life.

Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) includes the following gastrointestinal conditions:


  • Upper endoscopy, colonoscopy, and wireless video capsule
  • Endoscopic ultrasound (EUS)
  • Chromoendoscopy and confocal endomicroscopy
  • Endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)
  • Consultation with liver specialists
  • Liver transplant evaluation, when deemed necessary

Inflammatory bowel disease and women's health

IBD largely affects young people, and women make up 50 percent of all IBD cases. Subsequently, IBD can affect different aspects of a woman's health at different stages of her life and of her disease. Our specialists strive to educate our female IBD patients about how the disease can affect:

  • Contraceptive method choice
  • Fertility
  • Cervical health
  • Pregnancy and delivery
  • Bone health

We provide strategies on how to manage the disease during the pregnancy and postpartum period and how to avoid negative pregnancy outcomes and medication side effects. The gastroenterology team works closely with our high-risk obstetrician and the patient's primary obstetrician to ensure the best pregnancy outcome. We also work closely with our women's health center and division of endocrinology to assess and treat our patients for osteoporosis and osteopenia. (Bone loss may occur because of the disease or the medications used to control the disease).

Health maintenance

In addition to caring for your disease, our goal is to prevent complications to your overall health from the disease and the medications you are using. We ensure you get appropriate vaccinations and screening for different conditions.

Our providers

Portrait of Dr. Jeffrey Ferris washing his hands at a scrub sink outside of an operating room at MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center.

Expert gastroenterology care

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

Our locations

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MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center

9000 Franklin Square Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21237

MedStar Washington Hospital Center

110 Irving St. NW
Washington, DC 20010

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital

3800 Reservoir Rd. NW
Washington, DC, 20007

MedStar St Mary's Hospital

25500 Point Lookout Rd.
Leonardtown, MD 20650

MedStar Good Samaritan Hospital

5601 Loch Raven Blvd.
Baltimore, MD 21239

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