Celiac Cruise Bahamas – January 2020 Program

Our Presenters

While onboard Mariner of the Seas, hear from Dr. Daniel Mallon on:
The Past, Present & Future of Celiac Disease.

Dr. Mallon is from Indianapolis, Indiana, and attended the College of William and Mary. He then returned to Indiana University School of Medicine for his medical degree. He completed his residency in Pediatrics and served as Chief Resident at University of Washington and Seattle Children’s Hospital.

He then completed a fellowship in Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition at Boston Children’s Hospital. He also completed a Masters in Health Professions Education at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Health Professions. He is currently an Assistant Professor at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and on faculty in the Division of Gastroenterology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He serves as Assistant Program Director for the Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Fellowship Program Director for the GI Fellowship. He is the co-director of the Celiac Disease-Type 1 Diabetes multidisciplinary clinic, and a founding member of the Celiac Disease Special Interest Group of the North American Society for Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition.

Dr. Daniel Mallon

Daniel Mallon, MD, MSHPEd

Vanessa Weisbrod leads the Children’s National Health System’s Celiac Disease Program’s educational, cooking and community engagement initiatives. In this role, she is tasked with developing innovative approaches to education that methodically allow families to successfully adapt to the gluten-free diet. Some examples include producing a series of cooking and nutrition videos, hosting a monthly podcast, managing live and web-based educational forums, and overseeing the Children’s National gluten-free cooking & nutrition education program. The author of four gluten-free cookbooks, she is committed to making the gluten-free lifestyle easier for families at Children’s National and around the world. Ms. Weisbrod has appeared on numerous national television shows as a gluten-free food and celiac disease expert and has been interviewed by leading publications, including U.S. News & World Report, Newsweek, The Washington Post, Supermarket News, Publix Greenwise Magazine, and numerous local newspapers. Ms. Weisbrod earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the George Washington University and a Culinary Arts degree from the Institute of Culinary Education. She holds certificates in the Practical Applications of Food Allergy Guidelines and Nutritional Analysis for Federal School Breakfast & Lunch Programs.


Vanessa Weisbrod

About the Celiac Disease Program at Children's National Health System

The Multi-Disciplinary Celiac Disease Clinic at Children’s National allows children diagnosed with celiac disease and their families the opportunity to schedule one integrative multi-disciplinary appointment, where they will be seen by a medical doctor as well as the clinic’s nutrionist, education team, psychologist, neurologist and neuropsychologist. The Celiac Disease Program’s approach to care for not only the gastrointestinal symptoms and concerns associated with celiac disease, but to also looks into the neurological and psychological problems that may arise as a result of gluten intolerance.

All patients 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.

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