About Us

The IBS Patient Group was established by Jeffrey Roberts who was the founder of the first Irritable Bowel Syndrome patient community website in 1995. The IBS Patient Group community was launched in 2016 as a public education community for sufferers. We believe in evidenced-based medicine and non-anecdotal treatment options for patients.

IBS Patient Group is a privately held not-for-profit community self funded by Jeffrey Roberts and is supplemented by limited advertisement banners. Advertisement is distinguished by the word "Advertisement". Some funding to develop content is provided in the form of an unrestricted educational grant and content which was written under a grant, is labeled as such. The IBS Patient Group's search engine uses a Google product that displays "Ads by Google" where applicable in search results.

Unless otherwise noted, the information presented on the IBSpatient website (not including the forums) is written and edited by Jeffrey Roberts, who is an authority on the subject following countless hours of research.

Jeffrey's background:

IBS sufferer for 25+ years and original Founder of the IBS Self Help and Support Group. He have testified to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) several times on behalf of IBS patients. My testimony to the FDA Advisory Committee about Lotronex was instrumental in returning the drug to the market in 2002 for diarrhea predominant IBS sufferers. He also provided testimony to the FDA in support of Zelnorm for the treatment of chronic idiopathic constipation and constipation predominant IBS.

Jeffrey has appeared on the Discovery Channel, National Public Radio and in Canadian Living Magazine, Today's Dietitian, the FDA Consumer Magazine and has been quoted by CBS Evening News, Washington Post, USA Today, United Press International (UPI), Reuters, Associated Press, New York Times, Globe and Mail, and CBC Online.

He has a Master of Science in Education (MSEd) degree from Medaille College, Buffalo, New York. Jeffrey's thesis was entitled Awareness of Childhood Health Issues On Educational Outcome. He also holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) degree from the University of Toronto and co-authored and published a book related to the IBS Self Help and Support Group, entitled IBS Chat: Real Life Stories and Solutions.

- Jeffrey Roberts


Everyday Health "Diagnosing and Managing IBS" (08/2013)

Everyday Health "Managing IBS as a Family" (08/2013)

Canadian Living Magazine "When Eating hurts: Irritable bowel syndrome makes eating an agony and daily life a misery for millions of Canadians." (02/2004)

Today's Dietitian "IBS: Suffering in Silence" (02/2003)

Clinical Studies

Presented at DDW, Listening to IBS patients in the 21st Century. Offerings from an on-line Self Help and Support Group (IBSgroup.org) (05/2016)


Jeffrey Roberts has received recognition from the following:

IBS Chat - Publisher's Choice   WEGO Health Activist Award
IBS Chat - Editor's
Reader's and
Publisher's Choice