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Bowel Rehabilitation for Improved Digestion, Growth, and Elimination (BRIDGE) Program

The BRIDGE program provides multi-disciplinary care for patients with short bowel syndrome. 

Short bowel syndrome is a disorder resulting from the loss of small bowel due to a variety of causes. This includes diseases such as:  

  • Necrotizing enterocolitis
  • Intestinal atresias
  • Gastroschisis
  • Intestinal malrotation, and 
  • Hirschsprung’s disease

Trauma also can result in an insufficient length of small intestine to support adequate nutrition and growth. 

Additional causes of intestinal failure include disorders of motility and absorption in which a normal length of intestine is present but it can’t function well enough to support the body’s nutritional needs. 

Patients with short bowel syndrome require complex care from a variety of specialists including:

  • Gastroenterologists
  • Pediatric surgeons
  • Registered dietitians
  • Pharmacists
  • Speech therapists
  • Developmental pediatricians
  • Nurses
  • Nurse practitioners, and
  • Social workers 

The Brenner Children's BRIDGE program is a dedicated team of specialists working together to provide comprehensive individualized care to meet the needs of each unique patient.

BRIDGE Program Team   

Kristen Zeller, MD, pediatric surgery (surgical director) 

Mike Glock, MD, pediatric gastroenterology (medical director) 

Angie Almond, registered dietitian 

Robin Dills, pediatric pharmacist 

Debbi Thomson, pediatric surgery nurse practitioner 

Jamie Skaar and Andrea Radulovic, pediatric enhanced care team nurse coordinators 

Dacia McLeod and Laura Mabry, speech and language pathologists 

Mary Christiaanse, MD, developmental pediatrics 

 

  • Brenner Children's Hospital
  • New Patient Appointments

    888-716-WAKE

  • Additional Information

    For new patient appointments, you may request an appointment online.
    For returning patient appointments, you may contact the clinic directly.