About IBD Passport
The mission of IBD Passport
IBD Passport is a multi-award winning non-profit website and the first of its kind that aims to support individuals with Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) who plan to travel by educating and informing sufferers of these diseases. We aim to create a comprehensive multi-level platform for supporting IBD patients who plan to travel, by providing a reputable source of information, orchestrating logistic resources overseas, networking global IBD centres, with the overall aim to help IBD patients overcome the disease-related limitations to travel.
Kay Greveson, Founder & Chairman of IBD Passport
Kay Greveson has worked as an Inflammatory Bowel Disease nurse specialist since 2005 and now works as Lead IBD nurse specialist at the Royal Free Hospital, London. Kay founded IBD Passport in 2014 after conducting research that identified a need for more comprehensive support and information for travellers with IBD. She also has personal experience of IBD , having been diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease aged 13. Following university, she embarked on a year-long solo round the world trip that has given her personal insight and empathy into the challenges faced in balancing life and travel with a chronic illness.
Prof. Shomron Ben-Horin, Director of IBD Passport
Shomron Ben-Horin has received his training in gastroenterology at Sheba Medical Center, Israel, and was a Post-Doctoral scientist at Columbia University - Presbyterian Hospital in New-York, USA. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Sackler School of Medicine of the Tel-Aviv University, and the Director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) Service at Sheba Medical Center, Israel. Prof. Shomron Ben-Horin has authored more than 120 peer-reviewed articles, is currently an Associate Editor of the European ECCO Journal of Crohn's & Colitis (JCC), and is an invited speaker to many international congresses on IBD. In the year 2015-16 he has spent one year as an Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun-Yat-Sen University, Guangzhou, China.
Shomron has been back-packing for many months in South-East Asia and in South-America in the early 1990’s. The travelling bug has remained with him ever since. It has also led to his conviction in the need to equally facilitate trips abroad for patients with inflammatory bowel disease, whether for work or for leisure purposes.
Benefits for IBD Patients
- View practical, evidence-based information on travelling with IBD, put together by IBD Nurse Specialists
- Free to register
- Reputable information under one roof. No need to visit lots of different sites
- Find details of IBD centres near your travel destination.
Benefits for Healthcare Professionals:
- One-stop evidence-based IBD and travel information for you and your patients
- Interactive map of global IBD centres for easy patient referral
- Become listed on the IBD network as an ‘IBD Passport approved’ centre
- Comprehensive global IBD centre network and contact details
IBD Passport would like to thank the following individuals who have taken the time to review the content of this site and provide feedback to improve its content.
- Dr Peter Higgins. Gastroenterologist, University of Michigan, USA
- Crohn’s and Colitis UK Charity
- Miranda Lomer Dietician Department of Nutrition and Dietetics, St Thomas' Hospital, London
- Sara Ringer, IBD Patient advocate and blogger www.inflamed-and-untamed.com
- Andres Boggington, Nurse Manager for Stoma Care, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK