Gastroenterology Hepatology & Nutrition
in the department of Pediatrics

Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

The Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center comprises a group of pediatric gastroenterologists and health care specialists focused on delivering the highest quality care for children with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

The goal of our center is to provide expertise in the diagnosis and management of IBD. As guided by the best available scientific evidence to enhance long-term health and quality-of-life, we seek to engage patients and families to participate in tailoring and maintaining a personalized therapy plan.

Currently, we care for more than 500 pediatric IBD patients from the Bay area, including Northern and Central Valley California, and surrounding states. Our outpatient office locations include: Palo Alto, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, San Jose, and multiple other satellite clinics. Find a clinic near you

For patients and their families
Our team of pediatric IBD experts gives your child expert care, from initial testing and diagnosis through long-term disease management.
Although there currently is no cure for Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis, our innovative methods control symptoms and improve quality of life.

Your child will receive the latest treatments for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, as well as intensive support from our team of physicians, psychologists, social workers, nutritionists, nurses, educators and pediatric surgeons. Because pediatric IBD places unique emotional demands on your child and family, you will receive the support and counseling you need to adapt to life with IBD.

Our relationship with our adult GI colleagues allows for a smooth transition of care when your child advances to adulthood.
Improving care

Our center is part of the ImproveCareNow network, a collaborative effort between care providers, researchers, patients and families that seeks to improve standard of care while lowering costs. For more information on the network, visit their website. [link:]

Research benefits
Our researchers are actively involved in basic and clinical research studies. Our goal is to gain a better understanding of IBD's causes and processes, to find better treatments, and ultimately, to find a cure.

Your child has the opportunity to participate in these clinical studies and to benefit from any research advances that are applied to patient care.


Meet Our Team

Dorsey Bass, M.D.
Co-Director, Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

I am an Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Gastroenterology/Hepatology/Nutrition). My professional expertise is in the management and treatment of gastrointestinal diseases in children, particularly inflammatory bowel disease. My research background includes more than 15 years in basic and clinical virology of diarrheal agents and more recently a strong interest in cost effective quality care for my many patients with inflammatory bowel disease. My research experience and more than 25 years of practical clinical work inform my intellectual and patient-oriented incentive to find a more appropriate therapy for acute and chronic C. difficile colitis.

K.T. Park, M.D., M.S.
Co-Director, Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology at Stanford University, and a faculty associate with Stanford Health Policy. As a clinician, my goal is to improve the health and quality-of-life of children with acute and chronic gastrointestinal diseases, with a current emphasis on pediatric Crohn's and ulcerative colitis. Whenever possible in the clinical setting, my aim is to inform physician practice using an evidence-based and family-centered care model for medical decision making. As an investigator, my current NIH-funded research focus is on the pharmaco-economics of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Through a collaborative team-based approach, my goal is to inform health policy in the optimal clinical care of various gastrointestinal illnesses beginning in childhood with a potential for life-long impact.

Sabina Ali, M.D.

I am a Pediatric Gastroenterologist dedicated to providing care to children with digestive diseases, liver disease and nutritional problems. My special interest is in Pediatric Inflammatory bowel disease and liver disease. I serve as a physician advisor on Crohns and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) and closely work with the IBD and Nutrition committee for the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition (NASPGHAN). I believe patient care requires a team approach. It's important for the patient, caregiver and the entire health care team to decide together on the best care. It is my goal to establish a relationship of confidence and trust with my patients and their families, to educate them on the available treatment options, and guide them in making the best decisions

Jennifer Burgis, M.D.

I am a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Stanford University. From my first year as a fellow to now, I have been challenged and intrigued by the various approaches to IBD management from medications to nutrition.  I am excited by this field that provides a balance of acute inpatient care, procedural interventions and outpatient clinical management. Combining the knowledge and skills I have gained through clinical research, I strive to be a committed, compassionate caregiver to children and their families.

Judy Fuentebella, M.D.

I am a Pediatric Gastroenterologist who is dedicated to helping children thrive so that they can enjoy their childhood and adolescent years. I believe in empowering the patient and their families towards a healthy life, especially those with chronic gastrointestinal disease such as inflammatory bowel disease. I view my role as providing up to date, evidence-based care to families, by working with a team that is focused on delivering the best possible care. My clinical interest includes IBD, eosinophilic GI disease, and feeding problems.

Megan Christofferson
IBD Center Coordinator

I received my B.A. from Stanford University in Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities in 2008. While an undergrad, I never envisioned myself in the medical field in any capacity, but now I am happy to have found myself working with these amazingly passionate doctors. As the coordinator for the Stanford Children’s Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center, I am lucky enough to be involved in research and quality improvement efforts that are ultimately geared toward providing the best possible care for our patients who suffer with this chronic disease.

Contact Us
If you have any questions about our IBD Center or wish to be involved in our current research or ImproveCareNow efforts, please feel free to contact Megan at:
Phone:  650-725-9813

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