Celiac Education Day 2021

Celiac Education Day 2021

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The Celiac Center strives to provide children and caregivers a one day, state of the art multidisciplinary education program.

About this event

The Center for Celiac Disease at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) strives each year to provide children and caregivers with Celiac Disease a one day, state of the art multidisciplinary education program. We are happy to announce that our 16th annual event will take place virtually on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 9:00 am.

Our annual education day centers around the mission of the Celiac Team at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to promote community awareness by providing Celiac Families with evidence based lectures provided by respected experts within the field. Both the clinical implications of celiac disease and the importance of adhering to a gluten free diet, as well as future therapeutic treatments are discussed.

Event objectives

• Hear evidence-based lectures about celiac disease research and advances from respected experts in the field

• Learn about how celiac disease presents in childhood and adolescence

• Understand the importance of adhering to a gluten-free diet – and where to access support and resources if needed

• Learn how to safely eat gluten free in school and restaurants


Session I: 9-10:35 a.m.

  • Introduction and Welcome “Celiac Disease: Nuts and Bolts” - Lisa Fahey, MD, Co-Director, CHOP Celiac Center; Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • “How to Cope with Celiac Disease in 2021: Pandemic Challenges, 504 plans” - Betsy Turner, PhD, MS & Georgia Pitsakis, MSW, LCSW, GI psychologist & Social Worker
  • “COVID-19, Vaccines, and Celiac Disease” - Steven Fusillo, MD, Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • “Gluten Free in the Kitchen”- Cooking Demonstration, Janel Steinhoff, RD, Celiac Dietitian
  • “Celiac Disease and The Endocrine System” - Craig Alter, MD, Pediatric Endocrinologist
  • “Ask the Expert” Panel # 1 - Betsy Turner, PhD, MS, Georgia Pitsakis, MSW, LCSW, Steven Fusillo, MD, Janel Steinhoff, RD, Craig Alter, MD

Session II: 10:45-11:45 a.m.

  • “Celiac In Real Life” Patient and Parent Panel Discussion - Moderator: Patricia Bierly, CRNP, Celiac Nurse Practitioner
  • “Teen Talk: A Gluten Free College Experience” - Priyanka Chugh, MD, Physician, Patient and Blogger
  • “Gluten Free Dining” - Dave McCabe, Celiac Parent and Restaurant Manager
  • “Eating Gluten Free for Immune Health” - Kara Feigenbaum, RD, Celiac Dietitian

Session III: 11:55 a.m.-12:55 p.m.

  • “State of the Union: Celiac Research and Beyond” - Arunjot Singh, MD, MPH, Co-Director, CHOP Celiac Center; Pediatric Gastroenterologist
  • “Ask the Expert” Panel # 2 - Patricia Bierly, CRNP, Priyanka Chugh, MD, Dave McCabe, Kara Feigenbaum, RD, and Arunjot Singh, MD, MPH
  • Yoga Farewell - Caroline Wilkes, PsyD, MA, GI psychologist; Integrative Health
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Additional information

A link to join this event will be sent to your email the week before the event.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact the Celiac Center at 215-590-3076 or email celiaccenter@email.chop.edu.