IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease)

Crohn's Disease and the Small Bowel

At the Small Bowel Program, part of the University of Michigan’s Gastroenterology Division, our multidisciplinary team collaborates with the Inflammatory Bowel Disease program to diagnose and treat issues in the small bowel that relate to Crohn’s disease.

Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative Colitis (IBD)

The University of Michigan Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center is dedicated to the comprehensive medical and surgical treatment of adult patients with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, with U.S. News and World Report again ranked our Division of Gastroenterology as one of America’s best in Gastrointestinal Disorders.

Diaphragmatic Breathing for GI Patients

For those suffering from GI symptoms, diaphragmatic breathing offers specific benefits and can help manage diarrhea and constipation. Activating the diaphragm creates a gentle massaging action felt by internal organs like the intestines and stomach, which can reduce abdominal pain, urgency, bloating and constipation.

Digestive and Liver Health

Digestive health at the University of Michigan Health System diagnoses and treats diseases of the gastrointestinal system of the body, including irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn's Disease, GERD, liver disease and constipation.

GI Behavioral Therapy

For patients with chronic gastrointestinal (GI) conditions, everyday life brings many challenges. In addition to managing physical symptoms, the discomfort, uncertainty and inconvenience of living with a chronic GI condition can take an emotional toll, negatively impacting mental health and quality of life. Members of the GI Behavioral Health Program work with the medical team to bring mind and body care together, complementing medical treatments with proven behavioral health interventions.

IBD School Video Series

To help you, your friends and family better understand Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, the team of experts at the University of Michigan Crohn’s & Colitis Program have created a series of short, educational videos called IBD School.

Make an Appointment

Make an appointment with an GI or liver specialist (gastroenterologist or hepatologist) at the University of Michigan or call one of our special clinic phone numbers. Call 1-888-229-7408 to get answers to your questions.

Our Care Team

Your gastrointestinal medical care team will depend upon the specific GI condition you are being treated for and often includes doctors with different medical specialties along with other health professionals collaborating to give you the best care possible. This is called a multidisciplinary approach, and at the University of Michigan, our goal is always to coordinate this multidisciplinary care in a way that is convenient and efficient for you.

Your Digestive System

Your digestive system is made up of a series of organs that allows your body to get the nutrients and energy it needs from the food we eat.  As food travels through the digestive system it is broken down, sorted, and reprocessed before being circulated around the body to nourish and replace cells and supply energy to our muscles. This page includes an animation of the digestive process as well as a description of the various digestive organs and diseases related to them that we treat at the University of Michigan.