UPMC Offers Celiac Disease Patient Education Program

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WHAT: Patients and their loved ones are invited to learn about celiac diagnosis and disease management in the new Celiac Disease Center, part of the UPMC Digestive Disorders Center. Special lectures will address disease manifestations of the skin as well as nutrition pointers.

WHY: Approximately 3 million people in the U.S. have celiac disease, a condition that creates inflammation and damages the lining of the small intestine. This prevents absorbing components of food that are important for staying healthy. The damage is due to a reaction to eating gluten, which is found in wheat, barley, rye and possibly oats.

WHO: Lectures by and discussions with:

  • Marc B. Schwartz, M.D., assistant professor of medicine, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and gastroenterologist, UPMC Inflammatory Bowel Disease Center
  • Lisa M. Grandinetti, M.D., assistant professor of dermatology and dermatology residency program director, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and dermatologist, UPMC Gastrointestinal Dermatology Clinic
  • Mark A. Dinga, M.Ed., R.D., L.D.N., registered dietician, food and nutrition services, outpatient nutrition services, UPMC Presbyterian Shadyside

WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, March 26

All are welcome to attend this free program, but registration is required. Please RSVP to joj2@pitt.edu or call 412-578-9518.

WHERE: Hillman Cancer Center, Cooper Conference Room, Ground Floor, 5115 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh, Pa., 15232.