Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD

Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD

Gastroenterology, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research

On staff since August 2004

Children's Title: Director, Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center

Academic Title: Associate Professor

Research Center: Center for Clinical and Translational Research

  • Ghassan Wahbeh, MD, is the director of the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is associate professor of pediatrics and gastroenterology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. His clinical focus is in pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

    Dr. Wahbeh's research interests include early diagnostic tools in pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Disease, predictive tools for disease behavior, imaging in complicated Crohns and Colitis, and advanced therapies for Crohns disease. He also has clinical interests in upper gastrointestinal inammatory conditions in children and interventional endoscopy. Dr. Wahbeh is actively involved as teaching faculty in medical student education, resident and fellow physician training. He has received the outstanding teaching faculty and family choice awards. He continues to serve as the chair of the Medical Advisory Committee and on the board of trustees for the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America, Northwest chapter.

    • Shanika Erie 09.10.16

      I am from Seattle, Washington and Dr.Wahbeh helped me tremendously in 2008 - I was going through a terrible time with Ulcerative Colitis - when he joined the team that was taking care of me; it was like a complete 180. I appreciate him then and now, I wish I could still go to Children's for my treatment. Dr. Wahbeh is definitely a great doctor for the youth who struggle with IBD and the embarrassment that may accompany it. This man is an amazing doctor- he made sure to remind me of the importance of keeping my follow ups and almost 9 years later, he's my favorite GI doc.

    • Ray Redmnd, Washington 07.30.12

      Doctor Wahbeh understands and wants to help. His knowledge is vast and his easy to be approached manner is very comforting. He cares and is committed to his patient. My family cannot put into words how much we appreciate Dr. Wahbeh. We are very fortunate to have made his acquaintance. We are grateful Ghassan became a doctor.

    • Daniel Port Angeles, WA 09.13.11

      This man saved my life. At thirteen years of age, I was going through a tough time in my life emotionally, and my health was seriously compromised. Following several tests and appointments, I was referred to Dr. Wahbeh, and was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. After months of treatment, including a bowel resection, I recovered completely. And, because of recommendations and choices made conjointly, with Dr. Wahbeh's shrewd guidance and care, I have been in remission for the last six and a half, almost seven years. You can never go wrong with Dr. Wahbeh. He has my highest respect, and sincerest thanks for being not just the physician, but the man he is.

    • Susan Kennewick, WA 08.20.11

      We look forward to having Dr. Wahbeh treat our 12 year old daughter who has Crohn's. He was highly recommended by her last GI, Dr. John Pohl @ Children's in SLC, whom we loved and credit for saving her life. After meeting Dr. Wahbeh, we are confident she will be in good hands. :)

    • Deborah Lake Stevens, WA 03.10.11

      Dr.Wahbeh is a brilliant & caring down-to-business type doctor. He is not going to under-treat your child, and he speaks to them directly, giving the "cards" to them, as it should be. He is on top of the latest treatments for IBD. He's impressed my 11 year old daughter, and we are so thankful for him! If you are able to have him as your doctor, he will look after your child as if his well as the tremendous nursing staff!

  • Award Name Award Description Awarded By Award Date
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE'S TOP DOCTOR - 2015 Seattle Met Magazine 2015
    SEATTLE MAGAZINE TOP DOCTOR - 2014 Seattle Magazine 2014
    Seattle's Top Doc Seattle Met Magazine 2013
    Seattle Magazine Top Doctor - 2013 Seattle Magazine 2013
    Family Choice Award Seattle Children's 2009
    Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award Seattle Children's 2005 - 2006
    Teaching Senior Resident Award The Cleveland Clinic Foundation 2001
    Best Retrospective Study Cleveland Clinic Pediatric Research Day 2001
    Intern of the Year Award Center for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Diseases, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation 1999
    Nominated for Alumni 13th Annual Graduate Level I Award The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Ghassan Wahbeh MD, Daniel Rubens MBBS FANZCA, Jason R. Katz, Kristy Seidel MS, Sally E. Rampersad, MB FRCA, Karen F. Murray MD
      Gastric Contents in Pediatric Patients following Bone Marrow Transplanatation
      Pediatric Anesthesia , 2010 : 20: 660-665
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Siegel CA, Siegel LS, Hyams JS, Kugathasan S, Markowitz J, Rosh JR, Leleiko N, Mack DR, Crandall W, Evans J, Keljo DJ, Otley AR, Oliva-Hemker M, Farrior S, Langton CR, Wrobel IT, Wahbeh G, et al
      A Real-time tool to display the predicted disease course and treatment response for children with Chroh's disease
      Inflamm Bowel Dis , 2010
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, G Wahbeh
      Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      Pediatric UPDATE CME audio program , 2010
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, C Knight, G Wahbeh
      Dairy allergy as potential cause of recurrent intussusception (Accepted poster presentation)
      NASPGHAN, Maryland , 2009 Nov.
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Gisele Ishak, Ghassan Wahbeh, Norbert Yee
      Magnestic Resonance Enterography Use in Pediatric IBD: Review of 20 Patients (Accepted poster presentation)
      International Symposium on Pediatric Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, Paris , 2009 Sept.
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, David Suskind, Ghassan Wahbeh, Karen Murray, Dennis Christie, Raj P Kapur
      Collagenous gastritis, a new spectrum of disease in pediatric patients: two case reports
      Cases Journal , 2009 : 2:7511
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD
      Pediatric IBD
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      CCFA IBD Camp
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    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD
      Celiac Disease
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    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, G Wahbeh
      Journal Watch Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine , 2006 Sept. 6 : Vol. 2006, Issue 906, 3
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Chelle Wheat; Cynthia W. Ko, MD; Ghassan Wahbeh, MD; Cory Cullinan, RN; Scott Etter, RN; Mika N. Sinanan, MD; Scott D. Lee, MD
      Assessment of the Safety of Certolizumab Pegol Associated with the Time of Previous Biologic Treatment of Crohn’s Disease at a Single North American Site
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Chelle Wheat; Cynthia W. Ko, MD; Ghassan Wahbeh, MD; Cory Cullinan, RN; Scott Etter, RN; Mika N. Sinanan, MD; Scott D. Lee, MD
      Assessment of the Safety of Certolizumab Pegol Associated with the Time of Previous Biologic Treatment of Crohn’s Disease at a Single North American Site
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, G Wahbeh
      The Changing World of Inflammatory Bowel Disease
      Book review (submitted)
    • Ghassan T. Wahbeh, MD, Wahbeh G, Christie D
      Chapter 2: Basic Aspects of Digestion and Absorption
      Pediatric Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease 3rd edition; revision submitted for 4th edition

  • Presentations Title Event Location Date
    Pediatric IBD: what’s new, what’s not Grand Rounds St. Mary Providence Hospital, Walla Walla Oct. 2010
    Decoding Myths in Pediatric GI North Pacific Pediatric Society 180th Conference Bell Harbor International Conference Center, Seattle March 2010
  • Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
    Genome-Wide Association (GWA) identified predictors of response to Anti-TNFα Therapy in Pediatric IBD NIH NIDDK funding 2010
    A Phase 2, open-label, multicenter study to assess the safety and efficacy of certolizumab pegol in children and adolescents with active Crohn’s disease (NURTURE Study) UCB 2010
    A Multicenter, Prospective, Long-term, Observational Registry of Pediatric Patients with Inflammatory Bowel Disease Centocor $15911 2008


Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Gastroenterology

Medical/Professional School

University of Jordan, Amman


Pediatrics, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland


Pediatric Gastroenterology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland

Research Focus Area

Translational Research