The Celiac disease program
ABOUT OUR PROGRAM
Since its establishment in 2010, the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Health System has dedicated itself to developing a national model for other hospitals to follow in the detection and treatment of celiac disease. The goal of our Program is to improve the way that pediatric celiac disease is diagnosed and treated through the implementation of our 5-part approach.
The 5-Part Approach:
This approach was chosen to provide the highest standards for the quality of care for our patients with celiac disease. Along with each patient’s primary gastroenterologist, our staff and community mentors act as the portal through which families are introduced to our Program.
At the time of diagnosis, our patients and their families experience the support team of physicians, nurse practitioner, dietitian, psychologist and their community mentor. Every newly diagnosed patient leaves the GI Clinic with a Getting-Started Kit and contact information for a mentor who has been diagnosed with Celiac Disease or has a child with this condition.
Dr. Benny Kerzner
Director, Celiac Disease Program
Chief Emeritus, Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition
Lori Stern, CPNP
Celiac Disease Program Coordinator
Dr. Shayna Coburn
Celiac Disease Program Psychologist
Director of Community Programming
Celiac Disease Program Dietitian
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Celiac panel with CNN's Wolf Blitzer
CNN's Wolf Blitzer helps raise awareness of celiac disease in this very important video on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet!
The segment features Dr. John Snyder and Vanessa Weisbrod from the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Health System and Sarah Marx, a patient living with celiac disease. The panel discusses issues including how patients get diagnosed with celiac disease, how to get started on the gluten-free diet and certain products to watch out for while grocery shopping.
A huge thank you to the entire CNN team that helped make this video possible.
celiac disease resources
Getting Started Handbook
This comprehensive guide helps patients navigate through every aspect of managing a gluten-free diet including understanding celiac disease, the safe and unsafe grains, preventing cross contamination, going to school, taking medications and much more.
When you’re on a gluten-free diet, staying safe means avoiding any potential sources of cross-contamination. Our guide takes you through the entire kitchen to identify areas that could become contaminated with gluten and how to keep them safe.
School Cafeteria Safety
There are many ways to approach setting up a gluten-free protocol within a school cafeteria. Our cafeteria tips documents explores some areas that every cafeteria should consider modifying.
The Gluten-Free Diet: A Quick Guide to Food
When at home or at the grocery store, a quick guide to safe, unsafe and questionable ingredients can be a helpful tool for quickly determining if a packaged product is safe. Download our pocket guide to keep with you at all times.
Grocery Store Guide
With a new diagnosis of celiac disease, going to the grocery store can be a daunting task. With our grocery store guide, families will now be able to step into a grocery store and see it as a portal to health and wellness. With a little patience and an open mind, a gluten-free lifestyle will become second nature in no time.
Food Labeling Laws in the United States
What does it mean when you see the words gluten-free on a food label? Our labeling guide explains food labeling laws in the United States and what they mean for the products you see in grocery stores.
Celiac Digest Newsletter
Celiac program advisory board
For more information on celiac disease and gluten-free events, sign up to receive our Celiac Disease Digest, which provides helpful information for patients with the autoimmune disorder.
Blair Raber, Founder
Dr. Mi-Young Ryee
Dr. John Snyder
Lori Stern, CPNP