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Pediatric Celiac Disease Program

Overview

Helping Your Child Live Gluten-Free

If your child has been diagnosed with celiac disease — or is showing possible symptoms — there once was reason for serious concern. Today, however, kids and adults are able to lead happy and healthy lives.

The pediatric Celiac Disease Program at Floating Hospital for Children in Boston specializes in screening for and diagnosing celiac disease. Our team also provides ongoing monitoring of children with celiac disease and educates the entire family about a gluten-free lifestyle.

In recent years, science has made great strides in understanding what triggers celiac disease and how to treat it. It all comes down to avoiding gluten, a substance commonly found in wheat and other cereal grains.

People who adhere to a strict gluten-free diet tend to see their symptoms disappear quickly. And thanks to a growing awareness among grocery stores and restaurants, living with celiac disease or gluten intolerance has become much easier.

Offering Expertise, Compassion & Convenience

At the pediatric Celiac Disease Program, we're proud to deliver the expert, compassionate brand of care for which Floating Hospital and Tufts Medical Center are so well-known. We'll take the time to understand your child's health challenges and to answer all your questions about celiac disease and a gluten-free diet.

Plus, we make it convenient to see a celiac specialist near you. In addition to our offices in downtown Boston, our doctors see patients at these outpatient satellite clinics:

The Expertise & Guidance Your Family Needs

Our fellowship-trained pediatric gastroenterologists regularly screen, diagnose and treat patients with celiac disease. We offer the latest screening tests, which may be appropriate if your child is showing certain symptoms and/or celiac disease runs in your family. In addition, our doctors are highly skilled in distinguishing between celiac disease and gluten intolerance along with other gastrointestinal disorders.

It's important to diagnose celiac disease early on so your child can start enjoying the benefits of a gluten-free diet sooner rather than later. He or she probably will feel much better within days of making the switch. The new diet will also help prevent further damage to the intestine.

We realize that sticking to a gluten-free diet isn't always easy. So our registered dietitian can educate you and your child about which foods are safe to eat, how to organize your kitchen, preparing meals, dining out and more.

During the first few months of a gluten-free diet, we'll monitor your child closely. We'll want to make sure that the symptoms are going away and that he or she is gaining weight and getting the necessary nutrients. As long as your child is doing well, we'll typically see him or her in our clinic every six to 12 months thereafter.

Doctors + Care Team

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Jyoti Ramakrishna, MD

Title(s): Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition; Co-Director, Food Allergy Center at Floating Hospital for Children; Associate Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Abdominal pain, acid reflux, food allergies, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease

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Marcella C. Radano, MD

Marcella C. Radano, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General pediatric gastroenterology, celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, allergic disease of the GI tract

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Khoa D. Tran, MD

Khoa D. Tran, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

Neurogastroenterology, motility, general pediatric gastroenterology, chronic constipation, gastro-esophageal reflux/pH studies

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Garrett Zella, MD

Garrett Zella, MD

Title(s): Pediatric Gastroenterologist; Assistant Professor, Tufts University School of Medicine
Department(s): Pediatrics, Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition
Appt. Phone: 617-636-3266
Fax #: 617-636-8718

General gastroenterology and nutrition, inflammatory bowel disease, gastrointestinal complications of neurologic disease

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Our team respects the relationships that you have with your patients and their families. We'll update you on your patient's condition following every visit and call you to discuss any immediate or acute concerns.


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