- Professor of Pediatrics, The University of Chicago
- Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, The University of Chicago Children’s Hospital
- Medical Director, The University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center
Dr. Verma joined the University of Chicago as Section Chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Medical Director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center in 2019. Prior to that, she was Section Chief at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and held the Lustgarten Endowed Chair for motility disorders. She grew up in India and Zambia and attended medical school at the University of Zambia. She completed residency at Bellevue Hospital in New York and a gastroenterology fellowship at CHOP, where she continued to practice until her recent move to Chicago. Dr. Verma’s primary mission is to take care of both family and child with any digestive disease.
Two of Dr. Verma’s three children were also diagnosed with celiac disease. Although she herself was diagnosing and caring for celiac patients, she did not immediately recognize the disease in her own son. This experience led her to recognize the importance of physician education and awareness. After her son was diagnosed, Dr. Verma and her family followed the protocol for family screening and discovered that one of her daughters also had celiac disease, and that the whole family carries a gene for it. Because of her personal and clinical experience, she appreciates the huge burden of the disease and is passionate about helping others in schools, work places and travel.
Dr. Verma’s research interests focus on prevention and on other autoimmune diseases and their relationship to celiac disease. Her vision for the Celiac Center is to develop a new clinical program to promote early diagnosis of celiac disease, and to fully support patients and their families through childhood, until they are off to college. She envisions a comprehensive program where every new patient will meet with a dietitian and a psychologist at diagnosis and periodically afterward to discuss dietary and lifestyle changes and their emotional toll. Dr. Verma is determined to build her vision into a reality at The University of Chicago and, once perfected, will share a model that will set a standard of excellence for celiac clinicians around the globe.