The Celiac Disease Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board brings together internationally renowned and diverse experts in celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and dermatitis herpetiformis. These researchers and clinicians advance scientific knowledge by conducting and evaluating peer-reviewed research. Because of this expert advisement, Celiac Disease Foundation is able to provide individuals, medical professionals, and industry partners with trusted, evidence-based information and practices.

Daniel Adelman, MD

Research Chair

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Daniel C. Adelman, MD, is Aimmunes’s Chief Medical Officer. As an allergist and immunologist, he has led drug development at biotechnology companies for more than 20 years and taught and practiced medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, for more than 25 years. Most recently, Dr. Adelman spent seven years as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Development at Alvine Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company focused on autoimmune and inflammatory diseases, particularly celiac disease. He held the same positions, as Chief Medical Officer and Senior Vice President of Development, during five years at Sunesis Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Earlier, Dr. Adelman served in various roles at Pharmacyclics, Inc., including Vice President of Clinical Operations and Biometrics, and was a Clinical Scientist at Genentech, Inc.

Dr. Adelman has published extensively in allergy, clinical immunology and autoimmunity, and oncology. He served on the Research Advisory Board of Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) for more than five years and on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology for five years. He now serves on several clinical scientific advisory boards and on the editorial boards of Clinical Immunology and Journal of Clinical Immunology. Dr. Adelman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of California, Berkeley, and earned his MD from the University of California, Davis.

Shelley M. Case, RD

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A popular speaker, she delivers presentations at medical, nutrition, celiac and food industry conferences throughout North America. Shelley’s best-selling book Gluten Free: The Definitive Resource Guide is highly recommended by health professionals, celiac organizations, consumers and the food industry. Author of many journal articles on celiac disease and the gluten-free diet, she also contributes to a variety of other publications for health professionals and consumers. Her column “Ask the Celiac Expert” is featured in Allergic Living magazine.

In recognition of Shelley’s major contributions to the field of celiac disease and her dedication to educating health professionals and individuals with celiac disease in North America, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal.

Professionally, Shelley is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as well as the Nutrition Entrepreneurs, Dietitians in Business and Communications, Food and Culinary Professionals and the Medical Nutrition Practice Groups of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics as well as the Dietitians of Canada. Shelley lives in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada with her husband and daughter.

Shayna Coburn, PhD

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Shayna Coburn, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition at Children’s National Hospital and assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Dr. Coburn is in charge of psychosocial services in the Celiac Disease Program, which offers consultations and empirically-supported interventions to help families navigate the challenges of diagnosis and management of the gluten-free diet. She is also contributing to the local and national celiac disease community through her development of support and coping skills groups, educational programming, advocacy and research.

Her areas of expertise include coping and resilience in families with chronic illness, improving dietary adherence and promoting positive and constructive doctor-patient communication. Dr. Coburn earned her Ph.D. at Arizona State University and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She was a psychology intern at Children’s National and is honored to be back as a faculty member.

Sheila Crowe, MD

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Dr. Crowe is a Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology in the Department of Medicine at the University of California in San Diego (UCSD). She received her medical degree in 1982 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and completed postgraduate training in internal medicine and gastroenterology at McMaster University. After additional research training in the Intestinal Diseases Research Unit at McMaster University and at the University of Toronto, she joined the faculty at McMaster University before moving to the United States in 1992. She spent 9 years at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston where she served as the Gastroenterology Fellowship Training Program Director before moving to the University of Virginia in 2001. There she served as the Director of the UVA Celiac Disease Center, Director of Endoscopy in the UVA Outpatient Surgical Center, Director of the Training in Digestive Diseases T32 Grant, and a member of the Department of Medicine Committee Residency Education.  She joined UCSD in July 2011 as the Director of Research in the Division of Gastroenterology and Director of the UCSD Gastroenterology T32 Training Grant.

As a clinician-scientist, Dr. Crowe is dedicated to conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching and mentoring medical students. Her clinical interests include H. pylori infection, acid-peptic diseases, infectious GI diseases, celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, food allergies and colorectal cancer screening methods. Her research is focused on understanding the immune-epithelial interactions involved in gastrointestinal diseases. She has received ongoing funding from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) for her work studying the role of oxidative stress in gastric epithelial injury related to H. pylori infections.

During her medical training, Dr. Crowe completed her gastroenterology fellowship and her residency and internship in internal medicine at McMaster University. She also earned her medical degree from McMaster University.

Dr. Crowe is a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) and serves as councillor-at-large on the organization’s Governing Board. She also chairs the AGA Publication Committee and is the editor of AGA Perspectives.

Dr. Crowe is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, the American College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology. She serves on the medical advisory boards for the Celiac Disease Foundation and the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and on the editorial boards for the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics, Mucosal Immunology, and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology.

Dr. Crowe has been listed annually in America’s Best Doctors in America, published by Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., since 1996. Dr. Crowe has received several awards from the American Gastroenterological Association, including the 2008 Outstanding Woman in Science, the 2008 Funderburg Award for her gastric cancer research, and the 2013 Distinguished Educator Award. In 2010 Dr. Crowe was named in Becker’s ACS as one of 75 top gastroenterologists in the USA and in 2011 she was listed as one of Virginia and Washington DC’s “Top Doctors” in Virginia Living Magazine.

Dr. Crowe is the author of many articles and book chapters and was a contributing author for the book Celiac Disease for Dummies, published in 2010. From 2009 to 2010, she served as a consultant on topics related to celiac disease for the health section of The New York Times online.

Alessio Fasano, MD

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World-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist, research scientist, and entrepreneur Alessio Fasano, M.D., founded the Center for Celiac Research in 1996. The Center offers state-of-the art research, clinical expertise, and teaching for the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of gluten-related disorders, including celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and wheat allergy.

Trained in Naples, Italy, as a pediatric gastroenterologist, Dr. Fasano was recruited to the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 1993 and founded its Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition. Puzzled by the absence of children exhibiting symptoms of celiac disease in the clinic, he resolved to uncover the mystery of missing American “celiacs.” His perseverance in the face of skepticism about celiac disease in the U.S. eventually led to his publication of the groundbreaking study in 2003 that established the rate of the autoimmune disorder at one in 133 Americans.

In early 2013, Dr. Fasano was appointed Division Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He brought the Center for Celiac Research to Boston, where he and his team of clinicians treat patients of all ages. Dr. Fasano also heads the Mucosal Immunology and Biology Research Center, based in Charlestown, and is Associate Chief for Basic, Clinical and Translational Research for the Department of Pediatrics at MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He is a Visiting Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Peter H. R. Green, MD

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Peter HR Green, MD, is Director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University in New York and the Phyllis and Ivan Seidenberg Professor of Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center. He is also Attending Physician at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Green received his medical degree from the University of Sydney. He completed Residency and Gastrointestinal Fellowship in Sydney and became a Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and at the Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. Subsequently he moved to the Columbia University Medical Center where he has remained.

Celiac disease has been his clinical and research focus for the last thirty years. He started the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University Medical Center and it has risen to National and International preeminence since its inception in 2001. Both adult and pediatric gastroenterologists see thousands of patients annually in the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University.

Dr. Green has authored over 300 research publications on celiac disease and lectured widely to medical students, medical professionals and the public about gluten-related disorders. He performs clinical, epidemiological and basic research on celiac disease and other gluten-related disorders. He has authored many of the most recent medical reviews on celiac disease, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, The Lancet, The BMJ, Annals of Internal Medicine and JAMA.

In 2007 he was awarded a Mentors Research Scholar Award from the American Gastroenterology Association and Master Endoscopist Award from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. He is a previous president of the New York Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy and is a recent President of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (NASSCD). He is a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians and the American College of Gastroenterology as well as a member of the American Gastroenterological Association and the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.

He has co-authored two books for the public: Celiac Disease, a hidden epidemic, and Gluten Exposed: The Science Behind the Hype and How to Navigate to a Healthy, Symptom-Free Life, both published by Harper Collins.

Dr. Green is on the scientific and medical advisory board of several companies developing pharmaceutical therapies for celiac disease.

Stefano Guandalini, MD

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Stefano Guandalini, MD, is an internationally recognized expert on celiac disease and is also known for his expertise in the research and treatment of other diarrheal diseases in children.

Dr. Guandalini’s clinical and research efforts have greatly influenced the way celiac disease is diagnosed and treated today. His work contributed to the revision of 20-year-old guidelines for celiac disease diagnosis. These guidelines are now used worldwide for the diagnosis of celiac disease in both children and adults.

Dr. Guandalini created the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center in response to the low rate of celiac disease detection in the United States. This innovative program is dedicated to patient care services, research activities, medical education, and public awareness initiatives in order to increase the rate of celiac diagnoses and improve the lives of celiac patients. The Celiac Disease Center serves patients of all ages.

Dr. Guandalini is the past president of the Federation of International Societies for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. He was selected from a worldwide pool of candidates to be the first president of this federation.

Daniel Leffler, MD

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Daniel Leffler, MD, MS currently serves as the Director of Research at the Celiac Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, as the Director of Quality Improvement for the Division of Gastroenterology at BIDMC and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Leffler currently divides his time between patient care, quality improvement initiatives and clinical and translational research in celiac disease and other digestive disorders. To continue his work in celiac disease, Dr. Leffler has been awarded a five year career development grant from the National Institute of Health and has been the recipient of multiple foundation and industry sponsored grants for the advancement of digestive health. He lectures nationally and internationally on these topics and has co-authored a book for patients entitled: Real Life with Celiac Disease. Troubleshooting and Thriving Gluten Free, published by the American Gastroenterological Association.

Edwin Liu, MD

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Edwin Liu, MD, serves as the Taplin Endowed Chair for Celiac Disease and Director of the Colorado Center for Celiac Disease at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Dr. Liu is also a Professor of Pediatrics, specializing in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at the University of Colorado Hospital. Dr. Liu received his undergraduate degree from Boston University in 1992 and graduated from the Boston University School of Medicine in 1996. Dr. Liu has authored and co-authored many publications, including the TEDDY (The Environmental Determinants of Diabetes in the Young) and DAISY (Diabetes Autoimmunity Study of the Young) studies, long-term prospective birth cohorts examined for the development of Type 1 diabetes and celiac disease due to a genetic risk identified at birth.

Joseph A. Murray, MD

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Joseph A. Murray, M.D. serves as a Gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He founded a celiac disease clinic at the University of Iowa in 1992. In 1998, Dr. Murray joined the staff of Mayo clinic, where he runs the celiac disease research and clinical program that focuses on epidemiology, complications and mouse models of gluten sensitivity. In addition, Dr. Murray is a Professor of Medicine at the Mayo clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. He serves as a Consultant to several companies and has broad experience with clinical trials. Dr. Murray is an Associate Editor of Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology as well as an expert reviewer for many scientific journals. He has published over 100 scientific articles and has several patents on novel devices for the treatment of GI disorders. He has a large clinical practice widely focused on celiac disease and has been elected to the Best doctors in America from 2001 to 2006. He received his medical training in Ireland and GI training from the University of Iowa.

Ritu Verma, MD

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Ritu Verma, MD, Medical Director of the University Chicago Celiac Disease Center, is a highly respected pediatric gastroenterologist who provides compassionate, comprehensive care to children suffering from complex gastroenterology conditions. Dr. Verma is a leading expert in celiac disease and works closely with her patients and their families to manage this condition. She is also committed to ensuring pediatric gastroenterology patients have a seamless continuum of care throughout their journey, which includes a coordinated transition from pediatric to adult gastroenterology programs.

In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Verma is also passionate about creating a holistic approach to research that merges adult and pediatric robust basic science research in celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and food allergies with clinical research so that all of gastroenterology is marching towards to the same goal, providing our patients with the latest therapies and access to innovative treatments.

Dr. Verma takes her responsibilities as educator seriously, and she has served as a course instructor, delivers lectures and participates in rounds to teach medical students, residents and fellows about current pediatric gastroenterology care. Dr. Verma has also been published in several peer-reviewed journals, such as the American Journal of GastroenterologyJournal of PediatricsJournal of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyGastroenterologyClinical Gastroenterology and HepatologyJournal of Gastroenterology and HepatologyPediatric Diabetes and Nature Genetics.