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IBS and Functional Bowel Disorders Program

Mission Statement

The IBS and Functional Bowel Disorders Program at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is committed to providing patients with access to a multidisciplinary approach to the management of the various aspects of Irritable Bowel Syndrome and other functional bowel disorders. We believe that proper diagnosis and treatment of IBS and other functional bowel disorders depends upon a strong patient-provider relationship, the focus of which support, the setting of mutual treatment goals, and the establishment of a realistic plan of care.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach

The IBS and Functional Bowel Disorders Program takes a multidisciplinary team approach to management and treatment of these conditions, utilizing experts in the field of functional bowel disorders and employing one or more of the following:

  • Nutrition counseling
  • Food allergy testing
  • Cognitive behavior feedback
  • Pelvic floor biofeedback
  • Pain management
  • IBS education and support
  • Clinical trials for new IBS and chronic constipation therapies
  • Complementary and alternative therapies such as hypnosis, acupuncture, relaxation response, and guided imagery

The use of a multidisciplinary team approach lends both providers and patients the opportunity to tailor treatment plans to the patient's unique symptoms and needs, while emphasizing the relationship between the patient and the team of caregivers.

Patients Appropriate for Referral

Patients with a variety of diagnoses, including irritable bowel syndrome, swallowing disorders, chronic constipation, chronic abdominal pain, fecal incontinence, intestinal pseudo-obstruction, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), nausea and vomiting.  For more information regarding referrals, please contact us at 617-667-2138.

Learn more some of the conditions we treat, as well as some of the types of  diagnostic testing we have at our disposal.

Clinical Trials for GI Motility

For patients interested in participating in research, we have studies for the following indications:

  • Diarrhea and Constipation predominant Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Constipation
  • Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease

Please call 617-667-0291 or email for more information.

Contact Information

IBS and Functional Bowel Disorders Program
Digestive Disease Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215