Dr. Cynthia Rudert, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intolerance expert answers your questions on celiac (*see her advice to the writers of the popular TV show "House" below): Is Celiac Disease genetic? Dr. Rudert answers: Yes, celiac disease is genetic. However, I only recommend genetic testing for celiac in selected patients. The genes for celiac are HLA DQ2 and HLA DQ8. Over 99% of celiacs have one or both genes. If I have celiac should my children be tested for celiac? Dr.