Your personalized team in IBD excellence

Led by an internationally recognized medical director, our center is one of the highest-volume inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) programs in the region. Our multidisciplinary team is dedicated to providing precision medicine and personalized care for every patient, from diet and nutrition to medical therapy and surgery. We create individualized treatment plans for each patient to ensure the best outcomes possible.

Services and Programs

Refer a Patient

To refer a patient to the IBD Center, fill out the referral form and fax to: 614-293-1456.

On the form, please indicate Gastroenterology as the "Refer to" and IBD as the diagnosis.

Please provide specific information about IBD diagnosis, most recent episodes/labs, medications, and any other pertinent information.

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Our Multidisciplinary Team

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Anita Afzali, MD

Medical Director

Dr. Afzali is dedicated to providing precision medicine to her patients to provide the best possible outcomes. She is an innovator who continues to push medicine forward through active participation in research and bringing high-profile clinical trials to Ohio State.

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Madalina Butnariu, MD

Director of Women's Health

Dr. Butnariu specializes in the unique treatment of women living with IBD. She provides compassionate, comprehensive care to her patients, understanding that women have a different IBD treatment journey.

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Edward Levine, MD

Gastroenterologist

Dr. Levine serves as the Associate Director of the Department of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, and has spent the majority of his career at Ohio State.He is passionate about combining clinical advances and technology with excellent patient care. 

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Jeff Wenzke, MD

Gastroenterologist

Dr. Wenzke provides specialized treatment to IBD patients.

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  • Advanced practice provider
  • Registered nurse
  • Medical assistant
  • Dietitian
  • Pharmacist
  • Social worker
  • Patient navigator
  • Colorectal surgeons

Plus a team of specialists from other disciplines ready to step in to assist in treatment.

Clinical Trials

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center is a national leader in conducting clinical trials for the prevention and treatment of various disease, including IBD. Our center has many active trials, ranging from medication and surgical trials to nutrition and mental health to provide the best outcomes possible.

Learn more about IBD clinical trials

Physician-to-Physician Consult

If your patient has an acute flare-up and needs a quick appointment, or you just want a second opinion, we provide direct-access scheduling to meet your needs. Call 614-293-4444 to speak with a nurse triage specialist who can route you to one of our physicians.

Nutrition Education

Nutrition plays such a huge role in the lives of IBD patients.That’s why we offer a free, 1-hour education session for patients with Crohn’s Disease (CD) or Ulcerative Colitis (UC) to help with improving overall nutritional status. This is a dietitian-led, interactive class focusing on the most current information to promote gut health. There is conflicting dietary information in the media as it relates to nutrition and CD/UC.  This class dispels myths while promoting a nutritionally balanced diet. 

Nutrition and Inflammatory Bowel Disease
2nd Monday of each month, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
CarePoint East, Room 3081
543 Taylor Ave.
Columbus, OH 43203

Topics include: improving dietary tolerance, preparing balanced meals, navigating the nutrition facts panel and supplementing with vitamins and minerals.

Women and IBD

We know women living with IBD have unique concerns. That's why we have a dedicated Director of Women's Health to provide comprehensive care to address all female-specific issues.

 

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