Alessio Fasano, MD
Director of the Center for Celiac Research and Treatment
Dr. Fasano is a world-renowned pediatric gastroenterologist and scientist in Celiac Disease, as well as chief of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition at Mass General Hospital for Children. He founded the first center for celiac disease in the nation at the University of Maryland, and in 2013, the center joined Mass General Hospital in Boston. The center will celebrate 20 years of providing treatment, research, and education for people with celiac disease this year.
Dr Fasano discovered a molecule (zonulin) responsible for the increasing gut permeabililty, which can be released by gluten. This “leaky gut” has been associated with auto-immune disease in susceptible patients.