Why Choose Us for VEO-IBD Treatment

The Very Early Onset Inflammatory Bowel Disease  (VEO-IBD) Program at CHOP is one of the largest and most comprehensive clinical and research programs of its kind in the United States, caring for more than 450 children with VEO-IBD.

We use a multidisciplinary approach to diagnose and care for your child with the goal of creating an individualized treatment plan to improve your child's disease course and quality of life. In addition to a clinical visit, your child’s appointment with our program may also include genetic and immunologic evaluation and testing.

Our research has translated to individualized therapies for many of our patients, as well as the development of the CHOP VEO-IBD genetic sequencing panel based on our findings. This panel is a clinically available comprehensive test of genes involved in VEO-IBD and has met the highest regulatory standards that apply to all clinical laboratory testing in the United States.

All participation in research endeavors is voluntary and is not a prerequisite to be evaluated in the VEO-IBD Program.

  • Clinical expertise in VEO-IBD. Your child will receive expert care from VEO-IBD trained gastroenterologists, immunologists, dietitians, psychologists, social workers and nurse educators.
  • Quick scheduling of appointments. When VEO-IBD is suspected or diagnosed, our expert clinic coordinator will gather your initial information and schedule your child's visit as quickly as possible in our multidisciplinary clinic.
  • Vast experience incorporating nutritional management and therapies. Nutrition is a key component of our treatment recommendations, which is why  your family will have the opportunity to see a registered dietitian specializing in VEO-IBD as a part of your child's visit. Learn more about our IBD Center Nutrition Services.
  • Unique VEO-IBD emotional support for the whole family. We have a dedicated IBD psychologist and social worker, offering quarterly support groups geared at young children, siblings, and parents facing this complex diagnosis. Through our POPS referral service (Peers Offering Practical Support), our social worker will connect you with other parents and guardians who can offer support and discuss how they handle having a child with VEO-IBD. Learn more about our IBD Center Psychosocial Services.
  • Physician referrals and second opinions. Our program encourages physician referrals and second opinions, as well as new patient visits. If you or your provider feel that your child needs to be seen more urgently, let us know and we will work with you.
  • State-of-the-art pediatric endoscopy and infusion suite. Our endoscopy team performs more than 4,500 procedures annually. Children with IBD are served by the same staff and are in the same space, whether coming in for an endoscopy or for infusion therapy.
  • Unparalleled access to research trials. There are more than 30 current research trials available to children with IBD. Participation in clinical trials is strictly optional. Learn more about our research trials.