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University of Maryland Announces New Leadership for Clinical Celiac Program

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Dr. Anca Safta Named Interim Director

Steven Czinn, MDSteven J. Czinn, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Pediatrics, announced today that the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research has appointed Anca Safta, M.D., Assistant Professor and Medical Director of Endoscopy, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition, as Interim Director of the Center’s celiac clinical program.

The Center is renowned for its ground-breaking research into celiac disease, including developing a diagnostic blood test and collaborating with the North American Society of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition to publish guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of children with celiac disease.

The clinical program, which will continue to see patients up to age 30, will also involve internationally-recognized nutritionist Pam Cureton as well as a staff of board certified physicians from the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

Anca Safta, M.D.“It is important for the School of Medicine to see patients with celiac and gluten-related allergies and gluten sensitivity,” said Dr. Czinn. “We are pleased that Dr. Safta and her team will be helping patients with this condition, as it continues as a growing national health issue.”

Dr. Safta, who is widely published in pediatric celiac disease, received her medical degree from the Carol Davil School of Medicine and Pharmacology in Bucharest, Romania. She is a graduate of Wake Forest University and received her post-graduate education and training at Stanford University Medical Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine since 2007.

For more information, the program may be contacted at pedsgi@peds.umaryland.edu.

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