Ritu Verma, MBChB

Ritu Verma, MBChB

Ritu Verma, MBChB, is Director of the Center for Celiac Disease and the Lustgarten Endowed Chair for Clinical Care of GI Motility Disorders at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. She is a board certified pediatric gastroenterologist.

Areas of Expertise: Motility Disorders, Celiac disease, Gastroparesis, inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), Eosinophilic disorders, Food Protein-Induced Entercolitis Syndrome (FPIES), Food intolerances, sensitivities and allergies, Failure to thrive, Management of GI conditions in the adolescent and young adult
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care, Atlantic County; Specialty Care, Princeton at Plainsboro; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Voorhees; Specialty Care, Virtua
Phone: 215-590-3630

Education and Training

Medical School

MBChB - University of Zambia


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


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


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

Undergraduate Degree

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

Titles and Academic Titles


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

Conditions Treated

Departments and Services




Juhee Lee, Michelle Shuker, Terri Brown-Whitehorn, Antonella Cianferoni, Laura Gober, Amanda Muir, Ritu Verma, Chris Liacouras, Jonathan M Spergel: Oral viscous budesonide can be successfully delivered through a variety of vehicles to treat eosinophilic esophagitis in children. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice 4(4): 767-768, July-August 2016.

Ivor D Hill, Alessio Fasano, Stefano Guandalini, Edward Hoffenberg, Joseph Levy, Norelle Reilly, Ritu Verma : NASPGHAN Clinical Report on the Diagnosis and Treatment of Gluten-related Disorders. Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition 63(1): 156-165, July 2016.


Ram G, Lee J, Ott M, Brown-Whitehorn TF, Cianferoni A. Shuker M, Wang M-L, Verma R, Liacouras CA, Spergel JM: Seasonal exacerbation of esophageal eosinophilia in children with eosinophilic esophagitis and allergic rhinitis. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol July 2015 Notes: Epub.


Maggadottier SM, Hill DA, Ruymann K, Whitehorn-Brown TF, Cianferoni A, Shuker M, Wang ML, Chikwava K, Verma R, Liacouras CA, Spergel JM: Resolution of acute IgE-mediated allergy with development of eosinophilic esophagitis triggered by the same food. The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology March 2014.


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.



Verma, R: Elevated Body Mass Index in the Pediatric Patient at Initial Diagnosis with Celia Disease. Poster Presentation- 16th International Celiac Disease Symposium June 2015.

Ritu Verma MD: Does serology alone have predictive value for Celiac Disease Diagnosis  Poster Presentation- 16th International Celiac Symposium June  2015.




Verma, R: Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorders. Manual of Allergy and Immunology, 5th edition. Adelman DC, Casale TB, Corren J (eds.). Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2011.


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.

Posters and Presentations


Verma R. Celiac and Gluten Intolerance. Presented to: 17th Annual Nurse Practitioner Conference for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; 2016 May; Philadelphia PA.

Verma R. GI Issues for Patients with T21. Presented to: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Trisomy 21 Program; 2016 May; Philadelphia PA.

Verma R. Celiac and Gluten Related Disorders. Presented to: GI Nursing Conference; 2016 May; Philadelphia PA.


Verma R. Annual Gastroenterology and Nutrition Symposium:Contemporary Issues in GI and Nutrition. Presented to: Meridian Health's Continuing Medical Education Program; 2015 Sep; Neptune NJ.

Verma R. Celiac Disease. Presented to: CHOP Care Network, Drexel Hill; 2015 Sep; Drexel Hill, PA.


Verma R. Celiac in Youth. Presente at: Shoprite Super Markets; 2014 Sep; Medford, NJ.

Verma R. Constipation: Diagnosis and Management. Presented to: Y.A.L.E. School; 2014 Sep; Voorhees, NJ.

Verma R. Celiac Disease. Presented to: Glutino; 2014 Sep; Secaucus, NJ.

Verma R. The Spectrum of Gluten Related Disorders: Facts and Fallacies. Presented to: DDW; 2014 May; Chicago, IL.

Verma R. Gluten Related Disorders: People Shall Not Live on Bread Alone. Presented to: NFCA Webinar; 2014 May.


Verma R. Food Allergy and Breastfeeding. Presented to: 18th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; 2013 Nov; Philadelphia, PA.

Verma R. EOE, Allergy, Nutrition and GI. Presented to: Naspghan Conference; 2013 Oct; Chicago IL.

Verma R. Celiac Disease and Long-term Implications. Presented to: Delaware County School Nurse Association; 2013 Oct; Springfield PA.

Verma R. Food Allergy and Breastfeeding. Presented to: 18th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; 2013 Nov; Philadelphia PA.

Verma R. Panel Discussion. FPIES Conference; 2013 Oct; Philadelphia PA.


Verma R. Diagnosing and Managing Gastrointestinal Food Allergies. Presented to: American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference; 2012 Oct; New Orleans LA.

Verma R. Update on Celiac Disease. Presented to: CHOP Outreach Program; 2012 May; Princeton, NJ.


Verma R. Celiac disease. Presented to: Princeton Grand Rounds, University Medical Center at Princeton; 2009 Nov; Princeton, NJ.

Verma R. Celiac disease. Presented to: Grand Rounds, Doylestown Hospital; 2009 Mar; Doylestown, PA.

Verma R. Celiac disease. {resented to: Shore Memorial Grand Rounds, Shore Memorial Hospital; 2009 Mar; Mays Landing, NJ.

Awards and Honors

2016, Best Children's Doctors 2016 South Jersey Magazine

2015, Best Children's Doctor South Jersey Magazine

2014, Favorite Kids Doctor, New Jersey Family Works

2014, Top Doc For Kids, South Jersey Magazine

2014, Top Female Doc, South Jersey Magazine

2013, Top Doc, South Jersey Magazine

2011, Top Doc, South Jersey Magazine

2011, NFCA Advocate of Awareness Celiac Disease Leadership

2009, Master Clinician Award/ The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

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
2015-present, Peer Reviewer Health Research and Quality

Academic Positions

2016-present, Member- Bylaws Committee Department of Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
2016-present, Member Humanism Program Steering Committee
2016-present, Member POTS Pathway
2015-present, Member Chair's Initiatives
2014-present, Member Operations Improvement Committee
2014-present, Project Leader 1-800-Try-CHOP
2014-present, Mentor, Department of Pediatrics Faculty Advising Program
2014-present, Constipation Pathway Committee The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Member
2013-present, Member, Unit Leadership Partners Committee
2013-present, Member, New Jersey Physician Advisory Council
2013-present, Safe Keeping Leadership Symposium
2012-present, Advisor-Academic Mentoring Committee
2012-present, Mentor- GI Mentorship Committee
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

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in professional organizations

2001-present, American Gastroenterological Association

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

2001-present, National Foundation of Celiac Awareness Advisory Board

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

- 2014-2017, Naspghan Clinical Practice Committee (Member)