Ritu Verma, MD

Ritu Verma, MD, is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist in the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition. She is the director of the Center for Celiac Disease, and the section chief for Clinical Gastroenterology. She is the Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Endowed Chair for Clinical Care of GI Motility Disorders at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Atlantic County; Specialty Care, Princeton; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees; Specialty Care, Virtua
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MB ChB - University of Zambia

    Internship

    Rotating Internship - University Teaching Hospital, Lusaka, Zambia
    Pediatrics - New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

    Residency

    Pediatrics - New York University Medical Center, New York, NY

    Fellowship

    Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

    Additional Training

    Postdoctoral Fellow in Virology, Immunology and Molecular Biology - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia/Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, PA
    Fellow, NIH GI Training Grant - University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Board Certification

    Pediatric Gastroenterology
    Pediatrics

    Undergraduate Degree

    BSc in Human Biology - University of Zambia, Kalundu, Lusaka, Zambia

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Gastoenterologist

    Director, Center for Celiac Disease

    Section Chief, Gastroenterology

    Suzi and Scott Lustgarten Endowed Chair for Clinical Care of GI Motility Disorders

    Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    Chapters

    2012

    Paliwal VK, Gupta PK, Rai P, Verma R: Cryptococcal meningitis in a patient with hepatitis C virus related decompensated cirrhosis: coincidental or immunologically related? Tropical Gastroenterology 33(2): 146-8, April-June 2012.

    2009

    Jatla M, Bokhari A, Bierly P, Russo R, Verma R: Anthropometric, Serologic, and Laboratory Correlation with Villous Blunting in Pediatric Celiac Disease: Diabetics are Different. J Clin Gastroenterol Feb 2009.

    Jatla M, Zemel BS, Bierly P, Verma R: Bone mineral content deficits of the spine and whole body in children at time of diagnosis with celiac disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 48(2): 175-80, Feb 2009.

    2008

    Wong T, Verma R. Pancreatitis. In: Liacouras C, Piccoli D, editors. Pediatric gastroenterology, the requisites. Philadelphia: Saunders/Churchill/Mosby, 2008.

    1998

    Verma, RV. Vomiting. In: Liacouras C, Piccoli D, editors. Clinical pediatric gastroenterology. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone, 1998.

    Abstracts

    2009

    Verma R. Quality of life in Celiac patients - novel way of increasing awareness of Celiac disease Chief Physician coaching sprees [abstract]. 3rd International Celiac Symposium; 2009 Mar, Amsterdam.

    Papers

    2012

    Spergel JM, Brown-Whitehorn TF, Cianferoni A, Shuker M, Wang ML, Verma R, Liacouras CA: Identification of causative foods in children with eosinophilic esophagitis treated with an elimination diet. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 130(2): 461-7, August 2012.

    Autodore J, Verma R, Gupta K: Celiac Disease and Its Treatment. Topics in Clinical Nutrition 27(3): 1-00, 2012.

    2010

    Rothenberg ME, Spergel JM, Sherrill JD, Annaiah K, Martin LJ, Cianferoni A, et al. Common variants at 5q22 associate with pediatric eosinophilic esophagitis. Nature Genetics. 2010 Apr; 42(4): 289-91. Read the abstract

    2009

    Jatla M, Bokhari A, Bierly P, Russo R, Verma R. Anthropometric, serologic, and laboratory correlation with villous blunting in Pediatric Celiac disease: diabetics are different. J Clin Gastroenterol. 2009 Feb. Read the abstract

    Jatla M, Zemel BS, Bierly P, Verma R. Bone mineral content deficits of the spine and whole body in children at time of diagnosis with celiac disease. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2009 Feb; 48(2): 175-80. Read the abstract

    Pergel JM, Brown-Whitehorn TF, Beausoleil JL, Franciosi J, Shuker M. Verma R, et al. 14 years of eosinophilic esophagitis: clinical features and prognosis. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition. 2009 Jan; 48(1): 30-6. Read the abstract

    2006

    Jatla M, Verma R. Celiac disease in the pediatric patient. Hospital Physician, Gastroenterology Board Review Manual 1(4), 2006.

    Posters and Presentations

    2013

    "Care Talks: Cutting-edge Medicine in Everyday Practice", The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

    "Celiac Disease" CareNetwork Haverford

    "EOE, Allergy, Nutrition and GI," Naspghan Conference, Chicago IL

    "Celiac Disease and Long-term Implications", Delaware County School Nurse Association, Springfield Pa.

    "Food Allergy and Breastfeeding", 18th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, Philadelphia Pa

    2012

    "Diagnosing and Managing Gastroinstestinal Food Allergies", American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference, New Orleans LA

    "Practical Review for the Clinician: Pediatric Allergy, Immunology and Infectious Diseases", The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia PA

    2009

    Verma R. Celiac disease [presentation]. Princeton Grand Rounds, University Medical Center at Princeton; 2009 Nov; Princeton, NJ.

    Verma R. Celiac disease [presentation]. Grand Rounds, Doylestown Hospital; 2009 Mar; Doylestown, PA.

    Verma R. Celiac disease [presentation]. Shore Memorial Grand Rounds, Shore Memorial Hospital; 2009 Mar; Mays Landing, NJ.

  • Awards and Honors

    2008. Children's Hospital of Philadelphia - Clinician of the Year
    2007, NFCA Physician Advocate of the Year
    2006-2008, Top Doctor - South Jersey Magazine
    2006, Gluten Free Cooking Spree, Chef/Physician Team Winner
    1997, Fellows' GI Attending of the Year
    1986, Best Pediatric Resident, New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, New York

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    2008-present, Practical Gastroenterology Series of Celiac Disease

    Academic positions

    2013-present, Safe Keeping Leadership Symposium
    2012-present, QI/Safety Committee
    2012-present, Research Steering Committee
    2011-present, 
GI Second Opinion Committee, Facilitator
    2009-present, Care Model Steering Committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    2007-present, Care Coordination Working Group
    2005-present, Clinical Affairs Committee, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

  • Leaderships

    Memberships in professional organizations

    American Gastroenterological Association
    Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America
    National Foundation of Celia Awareness Advisory Board
    North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition