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NASSCD’s founding President Stefano Guandalini, M.D. (center), with current President Joseph A. Murray, M.D. (right) and President-Elect Peter H.R. Green, M.D. (left).

NASSCD Elects New Officers;

Dr. Murray Becomes President

The membership of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease has a new president and three new officers.

Under NASSCD’s bylaws, President-Elect Joseph A. Murray, M.D., becomes President, succeeding founding President Stefano Guandalini, M.D., for a term of two years.

Dr. Guandalini will continue to serve on NASSCD’s Executive Council for two years in the position of Past President.

Dr. Murray is a clinical practitioner and researcher in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, as well as professor of medicine, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Dr. Guandalini is the founder and medical director of the University of Chicago Celiac Disease Center, and professor of pediatrics and section chief, pediatrics, gastroenterology, hepatology and nutrition at Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago.

At NASSCD’s General Assembly, held Sept. 23 during the International Celiac Disease Symposium in Chicago, the membership also elected the following individuals:

Peter H.R. Green, M.D., becomes President-Elect. In that position, he will automatically succeed Dr. Murray as NASSCD President in 2015.

Dr. Green is the director of the Celiac Disease Center at Columbia University, professor of clinical medicine in the College of Physicians & Surgeons, and attending physician at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

Alessio Fasano, M.D., was elected Secretary of NASSCD. Dr. Fasano is chief of the Division of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children, where he is also director of the Center for Celiac Research.

Benjamin Lebwohl, M.D., M.S., was elected Treasurer. Dr. Lebwohl is an assistant professor of clinical medicine and epidemiology at Columbia University Department of Medicine in New York.

Under NASSCD’s bylaws, Chaitan Khosla, Ph.D., and Edwin Liu, M.D., will continue to serve as Councilors-at-Large until NASSCD’s 2014 General Assembly.

Dr. Khosla is professor of chemistry, chemical engineering and biochemistry at Stanford University, where he is chairman of the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Liu is a clinical practitioner at Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora, Colo., and associate professor of pediatrics at University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.

Dr. Green, who was serving a three-year term as Councilor-at-Large that ends in 2014, will resign from that position subsequent to his selection as President-Elect. Dr. Murray will name an interim Councilor-at-Large to fill that position until next year’s elections.

NASSCD Invites New Members

The North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease (NASSCD) continues to welcome new members.

Membership in NASSCD is open to medical, scientific and allied health professionals in the fields of celiac disease and gluten intolerance in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

If you would like to join, download a membership application.

NASSCD was formed in December 2011 by leading physicians, scientists and researchers in the fields of celiac disease and gluten intolerance in the United States and Canada.

The Executive Council of NASSCD consists of seven prominent members of the celiac medical and research communities.  Joseph A. Murray, M.D., a clinical practitioner and researcher in the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, as well as professor of medicine, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., currently serves as NASSCD’s president.

NASSCD’s overall mission is to advance the fields of celiac disease and gluten-related disorders by fostering research, and by promoting excellence in clinical care, including diagnosis and treatment of patients with these conditions.

For additional information, please feel free to contact NASSCD.