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What Providers Need to Know about CHOC’s IBD Program

When a child or teen is diagnosed with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), the entire family is affected.  Patients with ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease often require ongoing medical management throughout their lifetimes.  CHOC Children’s IBD Program was recently established to provide these patients with access to pediatric gastroenterology experts and other key subspecialists, advanced diagnostics and the latest evidence-based research to diagnose and create personalized treatment plans.  The program’s team works closely with patients’ primary care providers to ensure care coordination and open communications.

“Primary care providers play a major role in managing the care of patients with IBD.  They are our partners in helping us reach our ultimate goal: securing bright futures for our patients,” says Dr. Kenneth Grant, pediatric gastroenterologist at CHOC Children’s.  He provides the following program highlights:

Dr. Kenneth Grant leads the IBD program and serves as the Chair of Gastroenterology at CHOC Children’s
  • Board-certified pediatric gastroenterologists who work with the latest advancements in IBD research and are engaged in continuous quality improvement
  • A support team that includes a registered nurse, nutritionist, social worker, and behavioral health expert
  • Coordination with primary care providers, medical and surgical subspecialists, and adult IBD providers and programs
  • Membership in the ImproveCareNow (ICN) network, whose purpose is to transform care provided to children and adolescents with IBD. CHOC is the only Orange County hospital that participates in ICN.
  • Outpatient care provided at multiple locations: Orange, Mission Viejo, Corona, Newport Beach and Fountain Valley
  • Emergency office visits with IBD medical providers for established patients, with same day or next day appointments usually available
  • IBD Parent Advisory Council whose members partner with providers to enhance the program
  • Outpatient infusion services
  • Ongoing research into the causes of IBD and development of better treatments

“Treating IBD in children and teens can be complex, requiring specialized expertise and a multidisciplinary approach to care.  We are proud to now offer additional support services to our IBD patients,” says Dr. Grant.

To speak with a CHOC gastroenterologist about the IBD program, call 714-509-4099.

Appointments can be made by calling 888-770-2462.

Dr. Jamie Frediani joins Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s

A pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. Jamie Frediani has joined the growing team of innovative specialists at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.  Dr. Frediani looks forward to advancing CHOC’s leukemia and lymphoma programs, as well as the adolescent and young adult cancer program.

“The Hyundai Cancer Institute is experiencing an exciting time of immense growth, including creating new ways of delivering exceptional patient care, developing new treatments, expanding patient outreach and education, and enriching existing treatment teams,” says Dr. Frediani. “I am thrilled to be a part of this growth, and honored to join such a supportive team of experts.”

Pediatric hematologist/oncologist Dr. Jamie Frediani has joined the growing team of innovative specialists at the Hyundai Cancer Institute at CHOC Children’s.

After graduating with high honors from University of California, Davis with a bachelor’s degree in microbiology, Dr. Frediani completed medical school at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.  Her residency and fellowship training were done at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), respectively.  Throughout her education and training, she assumed numerous leadership roles.  Most recently, she was chief fellow in the department of hematology/oncology at CHLA.  Aside from focusing on delivering excellent, family-centered care, Dr. Frediani would like to enhance the educational curriculum for medical students, residents and fellows, focusing on interactive and case-based learning experiences.

Dr. Frediani’s previous research includes examining the impact of the timing of central line placement in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia on infection and thrombosis rates; studying perioperative complications in patients with high-risk vascular malformations who underwent surgical or interventional radiology procedures around the site of their lesions; investigating the incidence and clinical course of varicella and herpes zoster in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in the pre and post-vaccination era; and studying the outcome of empiric treatment with cefepime versus ceftazidime in pediatric oncology patients with febrile neutropenia.  The latter two studies were conducted in partnership with clinicians at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Her fellowship research in the laboratory of Dr. Muller Fabbri focused on exosomal communication between endothelial cells and cancer cells, leading to miRNA-mediated increased migration of the cancer cells. In addition to numerous abstracts, Dr. Frediani has published in Molecular Cancer, Archives of disease in childhood and Pediatric blood and cancer.

When not caring for patients, she enjoys trips to Disneyland, hiking, and reading, particularly science fiction/fantasy novels. She loves to travel, exploring the world and other cultures.