Thanking Dr. Verma

Please join the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition in congratulating Ritu Verma, MBChB, on her new position as Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology at the University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital. Dr. Verma will also serve as Vice Chair for Pediatric Business Development; in that role, she will provide strong leadership to the Department of Pediatrics and the hospital. In addition, she will be the Medical Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center.

A look back at Dr. Verma's contributions

In the early 90s, Dr. Verma was instrumental in establishing CHOP’s very first specialty practice in the community in Abington. She has continued in that outreach and clinical leadership role, which now encompasses over 25,000 GI visits in nine specialty care centers. Dr. Verma became the Section Chief for clinical gastroenterology in 2002, expanding and improving our outpatient and inpatient services, as well as communication and coordination of care. She also took a strong interest in celiac disease and developed one of the largest and most successful celiac programs in the country, demonstrating great passion and tremendous expertise in providing multidisciplinary and family-centered care. More recently, Dr. Verma has led the way in developing a world-class motility center, serving as the Director, the Lustgarten Endowed chair holder, and the driving force behind its clinical and research accomplishments. In recognition of her clinical accomplishments, commitment and talents, Dr. Verma was awarded a CHOP Master Clinician Award in 2009.

Dr. Verma has been a divisional, departmental and institutional leader in outreach. She has developed strong partnerships with referring physicians and the community, through collaborative care, one-on-one conversations, 1-800-TRYCHOP, and providing educational seminars for physicians, nurses, schools, patients and families. The Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition is so grateful for her extraordinary contributions, dedication and hard work. She leaves behind a significant legacy in many areas, and particularly in the value and emphasis she has placed on building productive and collaborative relationships with primary care physicians. We will continue to build on the outstanding foundation and example she has helped to create for us.

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