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
  • 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. 

Our Team

Patients with short bowel syndrome require complex care from a variety of specialists. Our dedicated team of specialists work together to provide comprehensive individualized care to meet the needs of each unique patient.

Kristen Zeller, MD, pediatric surgery (surgical 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