Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Center at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive support and management for children and young adults with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Under the leadership of Dr. Alisa Muñiz Crim, the center brings together a wide range of care specialists to support the child and family in managing individual care needs.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBDs) are disorders that result in inflammation to the digestive tract. They usually involve severe diarrhea, abdominal pain or cramps, fever fatigue, weight loss, joint pain or growth failure.

IBD Causes

The causes of inflammatory bowel disease are not well understood. However, children who have a parent or close family member with IBD are more likely to be affected. Diet, environment and the immune system likely play a significant role.

Expand the box below for a detailed list of conditions.

Holistic Approach

The center fosters a holistic approach to the care of the child, incorporating lifestyle modifications, dietary therapy, medications and other interventions as needed. A monthly support group offers patients and their families the opportunity to share experiences, challenges, successes, and nutures a sense of community. The goal is to support children with IBD in attaining remission and optimizing quality of life.

Infusion Treatment

When infusion treatment is recommended, patients receive care in a specialized unit where they can rest comfortably throughout the infusion process. The unit is staffed by registered nurses who are experienced in managing infusion therapies for IBD patients. Child life specialists help to alleviate fears by offering activities to distract and engage the child or teen throughout their treatment.

Convenience for Families

Patients can be seen in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties. The IBD Center holds clinics in the morning and afternoon for the convenience of school-age children and their families.

Diagnostic Capabilities

Nicklaus Children’s uses state-of-the-art diagnostic tools including:
  • Flexible scopes, called endoscopes and colonoscopes
  • Imaging services including fluoroscopy, CT scans, and MRI scans
  • Camera pill (or PillCam), a non-invasive capsule endoscopy


Nicklaus Children’s Hospital joined ImproveCareNow (ICN) in January 2015. ICN is an international, multi-center collaborative network that is transforming care and improving outcomes for children, adolescents and young adults with IBD. The partnership provides access to the latest advances in medical research and treatments so that patients can get better faster and stay well longer.

Contact the IBD Center

Dr. Lina Felipez is Director of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Research and a pediatric gastroenterologist within the Division of Gastroenterology at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami.

Service Locations

Nicklaus Children's Aventura
20295 NE 29th Place
Suite 300
Aventura, FL 33180

Nicklaus Children's Boynton Beach
10383 Hagen Ranch Rd.
Suite 200
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

Nicklaus Children's Doral Outpatient Center
3601 NW 107th Avenue
Doral, FL 33178

Nicklaus Children's Hospital Main Hospital Campus
3100 SW 62nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33155

Nicklaus Children's Nirvair Chowdhury Midtown Center
3915 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137

Nicklaus Children's Palm Beach Gardens Outpatient Center
11310 Legacy Avenue
Legacy Place
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410

Nicklaus Children's West Kendall Outpatient Center
13400 SW 120th Street
Suite 100
Miami, FL 33186