Collaborating with the IBD Team

The physicians in BIDMC's Center for Inflammatory Disease welcome your referrals. Our expert team is happy to see your patient for a one-time second opinion. Or, if you feel it would be best for your patient, we can also manage or co-manage your patient to help them achieve and maintain a normal lifestyle by mitigating their symptoms using the best personalized treatment options.

Referring a Patient

Whether your patient with IBD is seeking a one-time second opinion, or you are interested in co-managing these complicated conditions, or wish for us to become your patient's primary gastroenterologist, we can tailor our practice model to meet your care preferences.

  • Call 617-754-4232 to refer
  • Urgent visits and routine visits available

Ongoing Communication

We recognize the importance of open and ongoing communication, and make it a point to be easily accessible. We are committed to sharing test results, diagnoses, treatment recommendations, and other pertinent information with you and your patients as quickly as possible.

Our Team Approach

In addition to collaborating with you, our world renowned gastroenterologists work with a multidisciplinary team of experts to diagnose and prescribe the most effective course of treatment. As a world-class medical center, we have a strong network of in-house colleagues and collaborators such as:

  • Colorectal surgeons specializing in minimally invasive approaches to treating IBD
  • Endoscopy specialists offering advanced techniques to diagnose, monitor and treat IBD
  • Radiologists and pathologists expert in diagnosing and monitoring for dysplasia
  • Dermatologists who specialize in diagnosing and treating IBD-related skin disorders
  • Rheumatologist to care for patients affected by IBD-related joint issues
  • Hepatologists specializing in liver diseases that can affect patients with IBD
  • Pharmacists to support medication management and prescription compliance
  • Nurses who specialize in IBD, as well as infusion services, and tailored care for patients with ostomies
  • Nutritionists to assess overall nutrition and manage nutrition delivered intravenously
  • Behavioral health professionals

World-Leading Research

Adam S. Cheifetz, MD, is the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at BIDMC and professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. As an internationally recognized leader in the treatment of IBD, he is involved in multiple IBD research projects, lectures nationally and internationally, and has published more than 175 articles on the subject. Dr. Cheifetz's research focuses on the use of therapeutic drug monitoring to improve the short and long-term effectiveness of biologic therapies for patients with IBD. He and his colleagues have helped to define and improve quality of care through their successful efforts to develop treatment methods that increase the effectiveness of available medications, while decreasing side effects. Through these and other breakthroughs, Dr. Cheifetz's group has shown that this treatment method reduces IBD-related hospitalizations and surgeries.

Our IBD researchers are working to change the standard of IBD care internationally: