In service to the PATIENT since 1879 - Alison's Story

Learn how having expert care close to home not only helps Alison manage her illness, but helped save her life.

"To have an expert right here is not only surprising, but it’s just a little bit amazing… We’ve got some of the best care right here."

The Fletcher Allen Approach to Crohn's Disease

Fletcher Allen offers a collaborative approach to diagnosing and treating Crohn's disease. With the most sophisticated medical technology and doctors who have years of experience diagnosing and treating the disease, you can feel confident knowing your care is in experienced and skilled hands.

Crohn's Disease is a lifelong inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) that affects part of the digestive system. Approximately 500,000 to 2 million people in the US suffer from Crohn’s disease. Symptoms include:

  • Belly pain - cramping and sore when touched
  • Diarrhea (sometimes with blood)
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Mouth sores
  • Anemia
  • Small tears in the anus

Treatment depends on the type of symptoms you have and how severe they are. Fletcher Allen uses the most advanced diagnostic methods to provide precise diagnosis. We then create a personalized treatment plan specifically designed for you.

For questions or more information visit a Fletcher Allen gastroenterologist and hepatologist or call 802-847-8865. If your child is suffering from a gastrointestinal disorder, visit a Fletcher Allen pediatric gastroenterologist or call 802-847-4488.

Read Crohn's Disease: How Collaboration is Transforming Care & Health Outcomes by Dr. Richard Colletti, pediatric gastroenterologist.

The ImproveCareNow Program

View the video below to find out how Dr. Richard Colletti, Pediatric Gastroenterologist at Vermont Children's Hospital at Fletcher Allen, is leading a worldwide program to help children with Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis get better.



Dr. Colletti serves as the director of Improve Care Now — a network of gastroenterology care centers and professionals nationwide specializing in pediatric Crohn's Disease and ulcerative colitis (also known as Inflammatory Bowel Disease or IBD).