Inflammatory Bowel Disease Program
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Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) occurs when the low-level inflammatory response that normally keeps bacteria in the intestinal tract in check runs out of control. This results in chronic inflammation of the bowel, which can cause diarrhea, bleeding, abdominal pain, fever, joint pain and weight loss.

Types of IBD include Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and microscopic colitis. About 10 percent of our patients have indeterminate colitis, meaning it's unclear if they have Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis.

UCSF's Pediatric IBD Program takes a team approach to treating kids with IBD. Our team includes pediatric gastroenterologists specializing in IBD, pediatric surgeons, nutritionists, pathologists, pharmacists, and staff from social services and child life services. We also consult with pediatric specialists in psychiatry and psychology, radiology, infectious diseases, endocrinology and urology.

UCSF is ranked among the best pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery programs in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

You'll need a referral from your child's pediatrician or specialist to make an appointment. Once you have the referral, please call the number below.

Getting Here

IBD Program
Ron Conway Family Gateway Medical Building
1825 Fourth St., Sixth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 353-2813
Urgent Appointment Requests: (415) 353-1235
Fax: (415) 476-1343

Additional Locations
San Mateo
Santa Rosa

What to Bring

  • Health insurance information including authorizations or referrals
  • List of your child's prescription medications and dosages
  • List of medications your child is allergic to
  • List of questions you may have
  • Recent test results related to your child's condition
  • Paper and pencil to take notes


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Weekdays: $3.75/hour
Daily Maximum: $30/day

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Public Transportation

UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay is accessible via the following Muni bus routes:

  • 22
  • 55
  • T-Third Street line

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(415) 673-6864 (MUNI)
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Free UCSF shuttles connect the Mission Bay campus with our Mount Zion and Parnassus campuses as well as other UCSF locations and the 16th Street BART station.

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Shuttle hotline: (415) 476-4646 (GOGO)

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Our Team

Alice Chan
Alice Chan, MD, PhD
Pediatric allergist and immunologist
Hassan Hamandi
Hassan Hamandi, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Melvin Heyman
Melvin Heyman, MD, MPH
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Hanmin Lee
Hanmin Lee, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
Robert Rothbaum
Robert Rothbaum, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Sofia Verstraete
Sofia Verstraete, MD
Pediatric gastroenterologist
Lan Vu
Lan Vu, MD
Fetal and pediatric surgeon
Laura Cooke
Laura Cooke, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner
David Drevno
David Drevno, PNP, MSN
Pediatric nurse practitioner
Liz McMillan
Liz McMillan, RD
Sonia Makol
Sonia Makol, LCSW, MSW
Social worker
Cressy Potter