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Ritu Verma, MD


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



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.


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




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


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.


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


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

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
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


Memberships in professional organizations

National societies

2001-present, North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition

2001-present, National Foundation of Celia Awareness Advisory Board

2001-present, American Gastroenterological Association

1995-present, Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America

New Media


Crystal Phend: "Functional abdominal pain in childhood and long-term vulnerability to anxiety disorders" Peidatrics 2013.

Ritu Verma: Chronic stomach pain in kids linked to later anxiety 2013.

Ritu Verma: Managing Celiac Disease in Kids: It Takes a Village. Medscape 2013.

Ritu Verma: Recognizing Celiac Disease in Kids. Medscape 2013.

Original Papers


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.


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


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


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

Posters and Presentations


"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 Longterm Implications", Delaware County School Nurse Association, Springfield Pa.

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


"Diagnosing and Managing GastroinstestinalFood 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


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.

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