Lead Moderators
    • Internal Medicine
    • Internal Medicine Physician
    • Epidemiology, Statistics and data analysis
    • Gastroenterology
    • NAFLD
    • Gluten-free diets
    • Celiac disease

    Dr. Hyun-seok Kim is currently working as an internal medicine resident at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, USA. Dr. Kim received his Medical degree from the Yonsei University College of Medicine, South Korea. Dr. Kim completed his Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree in epidemiology and biostatistics from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After his MPH, Dr. Kim worked as a NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellow at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine for 2 years. He then moved to Rutgers New Jersey Medical School to begin his clinical training. Dr. Kim has authored several publications in various journals and books, including JAMA Internal Medicine and Journal of Clinical Oncology. His research interest focuses on clinical epidemiology in digestive diseases and nutritions. As a follow-up study of his recent JAMA Internal Medicine paper about time trends in the prevalence of celiac disease and gluten-free diet in the United States, Dr. Kim has been investigating the characteristics of people with gluten-related disorders and health benefits of gluten-free diets, collaborating with NIH and Mayo Clinic. Dr. Kim is serving as a member in American College of Gastroenterology, American Gastroenterological Association, North America Society for the study of Celiac Disease and American Associations for the Study of Liver Diseases. Dr. Kim also received an young investigator award from American Gastroenterological Association at Digestive Disease Week meeting 2016.

    • Pediatric Gastroenterology

    Dr. Silvester is a pediatric gastroenterologist and Director of Clinical Research at the Celiac Disease Program at Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. She is also a co-investigator in the Manitoba Celiac Disease Cohort led by Dr Donald Duerksen at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Canada. Her research focuses upon what happens after a diagnosis of celiac disease is made and the impact of following a gluten-free diet. Dr Silvester also has an interest in rural and remote northern medicine and practices general pediatrics in the Canadian North.

    • Pediatric Gastroenterology
    • Clinical Director, Center for Celiac Research and Treatment at Massachusetts General Hospital for Children

    Maureen Leonard, MD, MMSc, is the Clinical Director of the Center For Celiac Research And Treatment at MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School (HMS). She sees adult and pediatric patients with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, dermatitis herpetiformis, gluten ataxia and other gluten-related disorders. Dr. Leonard obtained her medical degree from New York Medical College, completed her residency in general pediatrics at Tufts Medical Center and completed her fellowship in Pediatric Gastroenterology at MGHf C. An associate investigator at the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at HMS, Dr. Leonard received a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Translational Investigation from HMS. Dr. Leonard’s research is focused on predicting and preventing celiac disease through precision medicine. Precision medicine is an emerging approach to disease prevention and treatment that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment and lifestyle. Her current work includes identifying biomarkers that can predict intestinal healing in patients with celiac disease, building translational models capable of predicting autoimmune disease in high-risk individuals and working with Dr. Alessio Fasano on the NIH-funded Celiac Disease; Genomic, Environment, Microbiome and Metabolomic Study (CDGEMM). (www.cdgemm.org) Dr. Leonard currently holds funding from the Thrasher Research Fund, the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at Harvard, and the NIH (FDK109620A).

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