Jon was first diagnosed with Celiac Disease in the summer of 2006. His pediatrician did the blood work, but once that came back positive, we were referred to a gastroenterologist at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. While that GI doctor is no longer there, we began seeing Dr. Jolanda Denham shortly after Jon’s diagnosis. Not only has she been wonderful with Jon, but she has helped us through some issues with Hannah, who hasn’t been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, but does have one of the genes associated with it.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital recently opened a Celiac Disease Center. This is such exciting news and I am thrilled that it is happening virtually in my backyard. More about the Nationwide Children’s Celiac Disease Center:
Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s Celiac Disease Center is dedicated to providing the best and most comprehensive care to children with celiac disease and their families. Our goal is to provide our patients with an accurate and timely diagnosis, education on the dietary changes necessary for treatment, and ongoing care to promote optimal health and well-being. We engage in quality improvement activities to promote best possible care, and research to advance our understanding and treatment of the condition.
Pediatric gastroenterologist Ivor Hill, MD, MB, ChB, DCH, FCP(SA), FAAP, is medical director of the Celiac Disease Center. One of the leading clinicians and researchers in childhood celiac disease, Dr. Hill has been instrumental in raising awareness of the disease in the United States. Notably, he was the chair of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition (NASPGHAN)committee that developed the first evidence-based guidelines on diagnosis and treatment of celiac disease in children.
In addition to having this new Celiac Disease Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital holds one of the best Celiac Disease Conferences in the US. This year will be the 26th year for the conference. It will be held on November 2, 2013 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM and includes several different education topics in addition to a gluten-free food shopping/tasting experience attended by many of the top gluten-free food brands.