Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) is a functional gastrointestinal disorder caused by changes in the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Children with IBD may have symptoms that include discomfort, cramping, diarrhea, constipation and changes in bowel habits. IBD is a disorder that has both physical and mental causes. Treatment begins with a proper diagnosis, and the Pediatric Surgery team at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California carefully evaluates each patient to develop an individual treatment plan, which may include medications, dietary changes, yoga and exercise therapy.

Medical Team


Diana Farmer, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon in Chief

Shinjiro (Shin) Hirose, M.D.
Director, Pediatric Surgery

Payam Saadai, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Erin G. Brown, M.D.
Pediatric Surgeon

Jessica Sutton, RN
Case Manager



Make an Appointment

Please call our Referral Center to schedule an appointment, call (916) 453-2191 or via email at A Referral Coordinator will partner with you to gather the necessary information to allow our physician leadership to evaluate the best path for your child.
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