What patients and families need to know
Multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic
The Multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic at Children’s National Hospital allows children diagnosed with celiac disease and their families the opportunity to schedule one integrative multidisciplinary appointment, where they will be seen by a gastroenterologist as well as the clinic’s nutritionist, education team, psychologist, neurologist and neuropsychologist.
Our approach is to care for not only the physiological symptoms and concerns associated with celiac disease, but to also evaluate the neurological and psychological problems that may arise as a result of the condition.
All patients at the Multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic will have the benefit of a care coordinator dedicated to ensure an optimum experience in the clinic and care in accordance with published best practice guidelines. Every family will have the opportunity to consult with a nutritionist specialized in ensuring a well-balanced, gluten-free diet and a psychologist to teach patients skills such as coping and adjustment, and resolve tensions related to having a chronic condition.
Finally, all families will have access to extensive educational resources including nutrition education classes, a bi-weekly podcast, web-based cooking videos, peer mentor activities for varying age groups and parents and several other recurring activities to help patients live a happy and healthy gluten-free lifestyle.
The clinic meets on the second and fourth Fridays of each month at the Friendship Heights Outpatient Center (5028 Wisconsin Ave NW, Suite 310, Washington, DC 20016). Additional appointments with individual providers are also available at other times during the week at other Children's National facilities.
What to Expect at the Multidisciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic
- The appointment will last approximately 2.5-3 hours.
- Please plan to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment time for registration and triage.
- During the appointment your family will participate in a group education session in addition to meeting with each of the providers individually.
- Gluten-free snacks are available in the clinic, but many families find it helpful to bring snacks they know their child will definitely like.
For questions relating to resources available through the program or for help setting up a 504 plan for your child's school, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about the Annual Gluten-Free Education Day and Expo, taking place on October 6, 2019.