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​​Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases

Comprehensive care for inflammatory bowel diseases

 
 

We look forward to providing you with professional care for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a friendly and welcoming environment. We are a member of Baylor Scott & White Health. We work closely with Baylor Scott & White North Texas Colon and Rectal Associates to bring you comprehensive care.

Our Mission

To deliver the best care to patients with IBD using the chronic disease management model of care.

Goals

  • To be a resource for all physicians and Baylor Scott & White Health
  • To maximize disease control and quality of life for patients with IBD by:
    • Offering comprehensive, multidisciplinary and compassionate care
    • Actively engaging the patient in decision making and management
    • Providing access to promising clinical trials
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Pay Your Bill

We offer an easy, secure way to pay your HTPN bill online through MyBSWHealth.

Tools & Resources

Our services are designed with you in mind so managing your healthcare needs is as simple as possible.

  • What to Expect From Us
  • Patient Forms
  • Appointment Information
  • Patient Education: Managing Flares
  • Patient Education: Optimal IBD Care
  • Patient Education: Adolescence to Adult
  • Patient Education: Resources for Patients
  • MyBSWHealth
  • Pay Your Bill
  • Financial Assistance
  • Accepted Insurance

What to Expect From Us

  • You will be treated with respect and dignity
  • Professional services that are both timely and appropriate
  • You will be kept informed of any clinic delays
  • Information about your plan of care that will help you reach an educated decision about your health
  • Time to answer all of your healthcare-related questions
  • Teaching/Educational material will be provided
  • Information about what to expect from the Medical Practice billing process.
  • Your records will be kept confidential except when you have given consent to do otherwise.
  • The option to express your concerns, compliments or complaints with any of our staff.
  • We promise to pay attention to and follow‐up all of your concerns.
  • As a courtesy to other patients and staff, please call the office as soon as possible if you are unable to keep your appointment or are going to be late.

Patient Forms

To ensure that your visit to our office is as convenient and efficient as possible, we are pleased to offer our registration forms online. The patient registration form may be completed electronically and printed for better legibility or completed manually.

New Patient Registration Forms

Authorization Forms

We do not release your medical information without your authorization.

Other Forms

Appointment Information

Your First Appointment

There are three sets of forms required for new patients listed below:

  • Release of Information form—We need this form as soon as possible in order to request your medical records from other providers involved in your care. If our office does not receive this form in a timely manner, then our office will be unable to obtain medical records relating to your condition. In order for your appointment to run smoothly and in a timely manner we require having medical records prior to appointment. If we do not receive your release of information in a tim​ely manner we will, unfortunately, have to reschedule your appointment.
  • Assessment form—The assessment is detailed, but it is so we can provide the best care to you. Please take your time filling this form out, and give us as much detail as you need to. Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD, requires that the health assessment is done prior to you coming in for your appointment. Dr. Dassopoulos will evaluate your history and present-day symptoms to prepare for your upcoming visit.
  • Registration forms—You may bring these to your appointment.

Please fill these out completely. You can either fax or email your forms to the clinic. This helps reduce delays at your appointment time. Due to the complex nature of the specialty care that we provide, your appointment may take two to three hours from the time you check-in to the time you check out.

You can find all forms under the Patient Forms.

What to Bring with You

  • Your insurance card and picture ID
  • Any updated medical records
  • CDs or X-rays that are related to your condition that have not already been sent
  • Your medications

What We Need from You

  • To inform the IBD staff of any pertinent changes in your contact information, other health issues, medications, primary and other physicians, insurance and employment.
  • Arrive on time for scheduled appointments. Call the office as soon as you are aware you cannot make an appointment or are running late.
  • Provide payment for services not covered by insurance within 90 days.
  • Pay all co‐payments and/or previous balances at the time of check out.
  • Follow the recommended treatment plan and inform care team of any changes.

Emergencies

For life‐threatening situations, call 911. If you have an urgent problem after hours, please call our office and you will be forwarded to our answering service. They will page the physician on-call.

Patient Education: Managing Flares

Most inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients report benefits from restricting their diet during flares. However, restricting your diet can put you at an increased risk of dehydration and protein-calorie malnutrition. Most patients need more calories, but tend to restrict their diet to eat more foods to decrease stool output and have fewer symptoms . While this is a short term solution, it is important to know how to manage your symptoms during a flare while also getting adequate nutrition to prevent these potential risks.

Patient Education: Optimal IBD Care

The staff at the Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases has more than 20 years of experience caring for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), like Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which require lifelong, coordinated care.

Patient Education: Adolescence to Adult

Transitioning from pediatric to adult care represents a critical process for children suffering from IBD. The Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases works with young patients, their families, and pediatric GI specialists to create a smooth transition into the adult care setting.

Patient Education: Resources for Patients

Here is a collection of helpful resources for inflammatory bowel diseases.

MyBSWHealth

MyBSWHealth is an online tool where you can communicate with your providers, schedule an appointment, access and manage your family’s health.

Pay Your Bill

We offer an easy, secure way to pay your HTPN bill online through MyBSWHealth.

Financial Assistance

At Baylor Scott & White Health, we want to be a resource for you and your family. Our team of financial counselors is here to help. We encourage you to speak to a member of our team at any time – before, during or after care is received.

Accepted Insurance

Baylor Scott & White has established agreements with several types of insurances in an effort to make sure your health needs are covered.

Medical Services

Baylor Scott & White Center for Inflammatory Bowel Diseases offers expertise and IDB treatment options conveniently located near you.

  • Digestive Diseases
  • Crohn's Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Preparation and Procedures

Digestive Diseases

We specialize in the diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory bowel diease, including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.

We perform a variety of procedures to diagnosis and monitor the digestive tract:

  • Capsule study
  • Chromoendoscopy
  • Colonoscopy
  • Enteroscopy
  • Ileoscopy
  • Pouchoscopy
  • Sigmoidoscopy
  • Upper endoscopy (EGD)

In addition, we offer infusion therapies to manage symptoms:

Crohn's Disease

Crohn's disease is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which chronic inflammation causes damage to the gastrointestinal tract, typically the small intestine and/or the colon. There is no medical or surgical cure for Crohn's disease at the present time.

Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis is an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in which inflammation causes damage to the large intestine—the colon and rectum. It is a chronic disease without medical cure at the present time.

Preparation and Procedures

Procedure Prep Instructions

Where to Go and What to Bring

GI/Endoscopy Lab
Truett Hospital, First Floor
Baylor University Medical Center Campus
3501 Junius Street
Dallas, TX 75246

Download campus map

Download a our guide of items to check while preparing for your procedure.

Research and Clinical Trials

Faculty

  • Arianne L. Theiss, PhD, Research Director
  • Themistocles Dassopoulos, MD, Medical Director
  • Jie Han, MD, MS

The Center for IBD Research performs cutting-edge, impactful translational and basic research on IBD to improve our understanding of the disease and develop better treatments.

Focus areas of translational research:

  • - Inflammatory bowel diseases and autophagy
  • - Crohn’s disease of the ileum
  • - Barrier function of the intestinal epithelium
  • - Colitis-associated colorectal cancer
  • - Intestinal stem cell responses to inflammation and diet

Dr. Theiss published an article on factors driving inflammation progression to cancer. Read article

News

Crohn's Disease Life Expectancy

Dr. Dassopoulos was recently interviewed by US News and World Report on the topic of mortality of Crohn's disease. Dr. Dassopoulos emphasized that the life span of individuals suffering from Crohn's disease is essentially the same as that of the general population.


IBS and IBD: More Than Just Tummy Trouble

Listen to Dr. Dassopoulos on KERA, Vital Signs series, explain the differences between IBS and IBD.


​​​​​​Ask the Expert: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Part  1)

Dr Dassopoulos discusses the differences between Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)


Ask the Expert: Irritable Bowel Syndrome and Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Part 2)

Dr. Dassopoulos educates on the most common symptoms, causes and therapies of IBD.


Dr. Dassopoulos authors article regarding Curcumin and Mesalamine top mesalamine alone in Ulcerative Colitis.


Article Featured in the Baylor Innovations in Spring 2015

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