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Meet Our Celiac Center Team

Our Celiac Center team includes experts in gastroenterology, nutrition, allergy, hepatology (liver), bone health, endocrinology (hormones and glands), dermatology (skin), and reproductive medicine (fertility). Together we focus on the complications of celiac disease, coordinating the latest in diagnostics, treatment and research.

Celiac Center Physicians 

Medical Director

Clinical Research Director/Gastroenterology

Associate Physician/Researcher with the Celiac Center


Endocrinology/Bone Health



Maternal/Fetal Medicine

Celiac Center Dietitians 

Melinda Dennis, MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Coordinator/Registered Dietitian

Melinda Dennis is a registered dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who specializes in counseling patients with celiac disease and gluten-related disorders. She was diagnosed with celiac disease and dermatitis herpetiformis in 1992.

Melinda is the founder, former chairperson and co-newsletter editor of the New England Celiac Organization (formerly the Healthy Villi) and now serves as their nutrition advisor. She also serves on the Executive Council of the North American Society for the Study of Celiac Disease, acts as a contributing author to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and lectures nationally and internationally on celiac disease and gluten-related disorders.

Elisabeth Moore, RD

Registered Dietitian

Elisabeth Moore is a registered dietitian at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center who specializes in gastrointestinal issues, including celiac disease and food intolerances.

She works closely with the dietitians and gastroenterologists in the Celiac Center and within BIDMC to provide education on specialized diets.

Laurie A. Higgins, MS, RD, LDN, CDE

Registered Dietitian, Joslin Diabetes Center

Laurie is a pediatric nutrition educator working in the Pediatric/Adolescent Unit at Joslin Diabetes Center in Boston. She completed her undergraduate work at University of Rhode Island, and her Masters in Nutrition Science at Framingham State College.

Laurie worked at the Harvard-affiliated Boston Children's Hospitalfor 18 years. Her expertise includes nutritional management of diabetes, celiac disease, gastrointestinal diseases and food allergies. Laurie presently sits on the Board of Directors of the Celiac Support Group at Children's Hospital Boston and of the New England Celiac Organization

Contact Information

Celiac Disease Center
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
East Campus, Dana 601
330 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215