COVID-19 updates and Q&A with IBD nurses

May 21, 2020

Get the latest recommendations for people affected by IBD. Learn from an expert panel of IBD nurses dedicated to ensuring people living with IBD receive high-quality clinical nursing care. They answer the questions they most commonly receive from their patients about COVID-19 and IBD.


  • Moderators

    Dr. Gilaad Kaplan (MD, MPH, FRCPC), Professor of Medicine, Gastroenterologist and Epidemiologist, Departments of Medicine and Community Health Sciences, University of Calgary, Chair, Scientific and Medical Advisory Council, Crohn's and Colitis Canada

    Dr. Eric Benchimol (MD, PhD., FRCPC), Associate Professor and Gastroenterologist, Department of Pediatrics and School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa, Division of Gastroenterology at Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), NASPGHAN Canadian Councilor


    Usha Chauhan (RN(EC), MN, BScN, ACNP(D), CGN(c)), Nurse Practitioner, Adult Digestive Disease, McMaster University Medical Centre, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, McMaster University

    Karen Frost (RN-EC, MN, NP), Nurse Practitioner, IBD Centre, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Clinical Nutrition at the Hospital for Sick Children, Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Nursing at the University of Toronto

    Joan Heatherington (RN, BScN, MN, ACNP), Nurse Practitioner, University of Calgary, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Group, Alberta Health Services

    Kelly Phalen-Kelly (RN, MHSc, (NUR) NP), Nurse Practitioner, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Nova Scotia Health Authority

    Jennifer Stretton (RN(EC), ACNP, MN, BScN), Nurse Practitioner, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Clinic, St Joseph's Healthcare

  • Canada has among the highest incidence rates of Crohn's and colitis in the world.
  • 1 in 140 Canadians lives with Crohn’s or colitis.
  • Families new to Canada are developing these diseases for the first time.
  • Incidence of Crohn’s in Canadian kids under 10 has doubled since 1995.
  • People are most commonly diagnosed before age 30.