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Dr. Sarah Boudreau-Romano is an attending at Lurie Children’s Hospital in the Division of Allergy and Immunology and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She recently started the Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE) program at Lurie Children’s. FASE is a physician-led program that provides workshops focused on supporting and educating families with food allergies. In addition to supporting families, FASE is engaged in community outreach with the goal of teaching about the seriousness of food allergy. Dr. Boudreau-Romano is also the mother of 4 children, 3 of whom have life-threatening food allergies. After her children’s diagnosis, she began a blog called The Allergist Mom, as another way to support the food allergy community.
Tim Brown, M.D. is an allergist/immunologist with Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. He attended Northwestern University Medical School. Following graduation, he performed a residency in pediatrics followed by a fellowship in allergy/immunology at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Dr. Brown sees a wide variety of patients through suburban outreach clinics through Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital.
Denise A. Bunning is an educator, support group leader and advocate who actively works to improve the lives of children with or without food allergies. A former elementary school teacher, Denise earned a BA in Early Childhood/Special Education from Boston College, an MSED in Special Education from Northern Illinois University, and a CAS in School Administration from National Louis University.
Denise co-founded MOCHA (Mothers of Children Having Allergies) – a support group for food-allergic families. In 2010, she served on the committee organized by the Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois Department of Public Health to author guidelines for the management of students with life-threatening food allergies. The Guidelines for Managing Life-Threatening Food Allergies in Illinois Schools served as the basis for school board policies state-wide. Denise also co-authored The Food Allergy Experience with Dr. Ruchi Gupta. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the Founders’ Board of Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago, and the Women’s Board of Northwestern Medicine Lake Forest Hospital.
Denise became involved in Food Allergy Advocacy after her two sons were both diagnosed with life-threatening food allergies and related issues. Denise and her husband of over 25 years, Dave, reside in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois. Their sons, now adults, are thriving
Dr. Christina Ciaccio completed her undergraduate training in the Honors College at the University of Notre Dame and her medical education at the Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and remained at Northwestern to complete her first year of Allergy/Immunology training and finished her second year of training at Children’s Mercy in Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Ciaccio was on faculty at Children’s Mercy for seven years where she served as the Director of Informatics for the Division of Allergy/Immunology and developed the Children’s Hospital Information Capture and Knowledge Share (CHICKS) app for iOS. During this time, she was awarded an inaugural Career Development Award from the Frontiers: Heartland Institute for Clinical and Translational Research under the mentorship of Lanny Rosenwasser MD and completed a Master of Science in Clinical Research at the University of Kansas School of Medicine. Dr. Ciaccio was a 2011 recipient of the Young Faculty Award from the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the 2013 recipient of the Paul Henson Clinical Scholar Award for research in immunology and inflammation.
Dr. Ciaccio returned to Chicago in 2015, joining Cathryn Nagler PhD at the University of Chicago. Dr. Ciaccio currently serves as the clinical director of the food allergy program with an interest in understanding how nutrition (prebiotics) and microbial exposures (probiotics) influence IgE sensitization.
Dr. Aaron Donnell is board-certified in Allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics and has been working in private practice in Chicagoland since 2005. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia. After serving an additional year as Pediatrics Chief Resident, he came to Chicago for fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Since 2009, Dr. Donnell has been co-owner of a private practice office, Chicago Family Asthma & Allergy, where he sees child and adult patients currently.
Ashley A. Dyer, MPH is currently finishing her second year of doctoral studies in Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine at Pacific College of Oriental Medicine, Chicago. In 2017, Ms. Dyer completed Northwestern University’s Osher Center for Integrative Medicine’s Faculty Scholars Program. She remains passionate about combining her love for East Asian Medicine with her public health roots through meaningful research, education, systems transformation, and clinical practice.
Since 2011, Ms. Dyer has managed SOAAR research projects on childhood asthma, food allergy, and school health and has written or co-authored over 10 peer-reviewed research articles. Her current work on the SOAAR team involves collaborating with Northwestern University’s Segal Design Institute and focuses on integrating patient-centered research with human-centered design methods to improve the transition to college for young adults with food allergies.
Ms. Dyer earned her Master of Public Health in Maternal and Child Health with a concentration in Global Health from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she was named a 2011 Douglas Passaro Public Health Practice Scholar. Her dedication to building the capacity of community health systems has allowed her to work both locally and globally in Guatemala, Haiti, and Indonesia.
Dr. Rina S. Fox is a post-doctoral fellow in the Behavioral and Psychosocial Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control in the Department of Medical Social Sciences at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Fox received her Ph.D. from the San Diego State University / University of California, San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology, and her M.P.H. from the San Diego State University Graduate School of Public Health. Her research is currently focused on exploring non-pharmacological strategies to improve quality of life among individuals with chronic illness. She currently leads mindfulness meditation and mindful movement classes for patients, caregivers, and cancer care providers sponsored by True North Treks at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University.
Professor Jack A Gilbert earned his Ph.D. from Unilever and Nottingham University, UK in 2002, and received his postdoctoral training at Queens University, Canada. He subsequently returned to the UK in 2005 to Plymouth Marine Laboratory at a senior scientist until his move to Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago in 2010. Currently, Professor Gilbert is the Director of the Microbiome Center and a Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago. He is also Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory, Research Associate at the Field Museum of Natural History, Scientific Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory, and the Yeoh Ghim Seng Visiting Professorship in Surgery at the National University of Singapore. Dr. Gilbert uses molecular analysis to test fundamental hypotheses in microbial ecology. He has authored more than 250 peer reviewed publications and book chapters on metagenomics and approaches to ecosystem ecology. He is the founding Editor in Chief of mSystems journal. In 2014 he was recognized on Crain’s Business Chicago’s 40 Under 40 List, and in 2015 he was listed as one of the 50 most influential scientists by Business Insider, and in the Brilliant Ten by Popular Scientist. In 2016 he won the Altemeier Prize from the Surgical Infection Society, and the WH Pierce Prize from the Society for Applied Microbiology for research excellence. He also co-authored “Dirt is Good” published in 2017, a popular science guide to the microbiome and children’s health.
Born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Lydia attended the University of New Mexico, graduating with a BA in Psychology and an MBA in Logistics. Lydia then spent the next decade pursuing a career and moving – a lot! She worked at Ticketmaster.com in Chicago, Edelman PR in Washington, DC, and finally at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. After her son was diagnosed with food allergies, her family lived in Belgrade, Serbia and Newport, Rhode Island, before returning to Albuquerque. Lydia credits her decade of travel and work abroad with giving her the courage, flexibility, confidence and resourcefulness necessary to live a full life as the parent of a food-allergic child. When not working on Rockwell Qualitative, the Food Allergy and 504 Planning Consultancy she began in 2015, Lydia spends her days providing a safe environment for, and advocating with, a thriving seven-year-old with multiple life-threatening food allergies. Her recent advocacy work includes, being a member of FARE’s Outcomes Research Advisory Board, writing a guest blog post about her experience at FARE’s recent Research Retreat, being interviewed about her work concerning 504 Plan acquisition by Allergic Living Magazine (April 2018) and publishing an article for The New Mexico Psychologist on the psychosocial and emotional impact of food allergy. Lydia is proud that, despite his unique challenge, her son has traveled to ten countries on three continents, has a 504 plan to help him safely experience elementary school and NEVER goes to school without his auto injectors; she has sewn them into all his school shirts.
Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Clinical Attending at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She has more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher and currently serves as the director of the Science and Outcomes of Allergy & Asthma Research Program (SOAAR), where she is actively involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research.
Dr. Gupta completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Louisville, and continued on to complete her medical residency at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She completed her pediatric health services research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, and went on to receive her Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. Gupta is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the areas of food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically for her research on childhood food allergy prevalence. She has also significantly contributed to academic research surrounding the economic impact of food allergy, pediatric management of both food allergy and asthma, decreasing ED visits and hospitalizations, improving the quality of life of children and caregivers, and implementing community interventions in schools for students with food allergy, asthma and other health conditions. Dr. Gupta is the author of the Food Allergy Experience, has written and co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed research manuscripts and has had her work featured in major TV networks and print media.
Dr. Gupta continues striving to improve the lives of children and their families through her research and hopes to continue finding answers and shaping policies surrounding pediatric food allergy and asthma.
Dr. Steve Handoyo has been a practicing Allergist/Immunologist since 2009. He attended St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed Pediatrics Residency at Loyola University and his Allergy Fellowship at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, MO. Dr. Handoyo has focused on treating food allergies as well as hard-to-treat asthma and eczema. He is devoted to exploring how changes in diet and the environment can help lower the risk of developing allergies. Emphasis on the microbiome introducing foods during ideal windows, and aggressively protecting the skin barrier have shown encouraging results in recent studies. Dr. Handoyo has spoken about the rise of food allergy on WBEZ in Chicago, as well as at grand rounds throughout the city. He also co-founded YourWords STL, a non-profit devoted to using tutoring and creative writing to amplify the voices of underserved youth. Dr. Handoyo considers himself a passable amateur bass guitar player.
Dr. Abby Herzig developed her career around the drive to understand and help children in need. After receiving her doctorate degree in clinical psychology, she continued to study child development and parent-child mental health at NYU Medical Center and Columbia University. An extension of her work with children, Abby is actively involved with UNICEF, serving on the New York Steering committee for UNICEF’s NextGen. She has traveled to South East Asia and Africa visiting hospitals, schools, and orphanages, advising UNICEF on child development and proper interventions for children and families at risk. As a result of her global work with children, Abby was asked to join the Innovators Program at the world-renowned Sick Children’s Hospital in Toronto. Driven by her passion to help children, and a parent of a child with life-threatening food allergies, Abby was inspired to create Belay and find solutions for the unmet needs of children and families affected by the food-allergy epidemic.
Lisa Lombard, a licensed clinical psychologist with over 25 years of experience in private practice, earned her Ph.D. in psychology/human development from the University of Chicago. She provides psychotherapy to children, teens, and families with a particular emphasis on anxiety, stress-mediated health concerns, and complex chronic pain. She is developing a clinical specialization treating children and families managing life-threatening allergies, consults in a preschool/elementary school, and partners with Sarah Boudreau-Romano, M.D., Director of the Food Allergy Support and Education (FASE), to offer “hangouts” for children with food allergies. With Dr. Gupta, she is working on a manuscript about food allergies and anxiety, behavioral restrictions, and family activities. As a member of SOAAR, she is developing a qualitative study of the trajectory of psychosocial needs following food allergy diagnosis, and plans to interview allergists and patients.
Dr. Mahr belongs to numerous allergy societies, was on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and is past president of the Wisconsin Allergy Society. He is chair emeritus of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention–funded Wisconsin Asthma Coalition. He is also on the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Medical Advisory Board. He is current Chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section of Allergy & Immunology. Dr. Mahr is the recipient of the American Lung Association’s Volunteer of the Year award for the year 2000 and the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services “Partners in Public Health” certificate of recognition given in November 2007.
Dr Mahr is the Medical Director of the Pharmacy for Gundersen Health Systems, and has been involved as a medical advisor for his local school district for over 20 years. His son, Sam, has severe food allergies to Peanut, Wheat and Egg.
Melanie Makhija, MD, MSc is a board certified allergist and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her medical training at the University of Toronto and has a Master’s in Epidemiology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She did her residency and fellowship training at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
Melanie has several clinical interests. She manages patients with food allergy and is the sole allergist in the multi-disciplinary eosinophilic esophagitis clinic at Lurie Children’s Hospital. She is also the interim director of the Primary immunodeficiency program at Lurie Children’s Hospital.
Melanie is conducting clinical trials in food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis and asthma. She is a site primary investigator and co-investigator on food allergy and eosinophilic esophagitis treatment trials including oral immunotherapy and epicutaneous immunotherapy. She is also a co-investigator of the Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC), a multi-center, NIH-funded grant with researchers from multiple disciplines coming together with a common goal of reducing the burden of asthma in children and adolescents living in the inner city. She is the site primary investigator on a grant from the Melchiorre Family foundation, studying “Novel predictors for the Prevention, Early Diagnosis and Treatment of Food Allergies”. This study’s goal is to understand the immunological mechanisms involved in food allergy to better understand which patients are more likely to have severe reactions and who is most likely to outgrow their allergy.
Melanie lives in Chicago with her husband and 3 young children.
A Chicago-based board certified and licensed pediatrician, allergist and surgeon, Dr. Kelly Newhall has spent the majority of her 17+ year career with a focus on pediatrics and the impact of allergies in infants and children. Dr. Newhall earned a Bachelor’s degree in Medical Social Science from Pomona College in Los Angeles, her Medical Degree from Washington University in St. Louis and later completed her first two years of residency at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia, and finished her pediatric training at the University of Chicago Children’s Hospital. Following her completed fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Dr. Newhall started working in private practice in 2004, and cofounded Chicago Family Asthma & Allergy in 2009 with Dr. Aaron Donnell.
Dr. Newhall specializes in food allergy, asthma, and allergic rhinitis, and has published multiple works and abstracts in publications including Allergy & Asthma Proceedings (AAP). She was the recipient of 2004 American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Allergy and Immunology Pediatric Abstract Award, and remains an active member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and American Academy of Pediatrics.
Mary Nevin is an Attending Physician in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine and the director of Continuing Medical Education at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern’s Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, Illinois. She is board certified in Pediatric Pulmonology by the ABP.
Dr. Nevin completed medical school at Northwestern University and residency in Pediatrics at the Duke University Medical Center. She was a faculty member in General Academic Pediatrics at Southern Illinois University for three years before returning to Chicago to complete a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at Children’s Memorial Hospital (now Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago)
Dr. Nevin has an active clinical practice in which she evaluates and treats children with a broad range of respiratory disorders. She maintains an active interest in the clinical care of children with complicated asthma and is the physician director of several Asthma quality improvement endeavors at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Her research interests and activities focus on asthma, pulmonary complications of obesity, sickle cell lung disease and evaluation of lung function in young children. She has served on numerous state and national committees, and currently maintains a role in advocacy through her work with the American Lung Association’s Local Leadership Board. Dr. Nevin is also an active member with the American Thoracic Society and the American College of Chest Physicians. She is a member of the pediatrics steering committee for CHEST.
Dr. Nevin lives in Chicago. She enjoys running marathons, travel and time spent with her nephews.
Dr. Pongracic was appointed Division Head of Allergy-Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics at Ann & Robert H Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital) in 2004. She was promoted to Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern in 2010. She is currently the Director of the FARE Clinical Center Network site at Lurie Children’s and serves on FARE’s Medical Advisory Board and Outcomes Research Advisory Board. She has played an active role in advocacy related to food allergy both for patients and for our specialty.
Dr. Pongracic is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). She is currently serving on the Ask the Expert panel. She is a former chair of the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the AAAAI and has served on several other AAAAI committees. She is a former president of the Illinois Society for Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Her primary clinical and research interests are food allergy and childhood asthma. She has been a site PI for 2 NIH-funded asthma research networks: The Inner City Asthma Consortium and AsthmaNet. She has been site PI for many multi-center food allergy clinical trials, including studies of alternative medicine, epicutaneous immunotherapy and oral immunotherapy with and without adjunctive therapy. Under her direction, Lurie Children’s is nationally recognized for its programs in patient care as well as in clinical and translational research related to food allergy and asthma. Dr. Pongracic has been a teacher and mentor to many young physicians in the field of Allergy and Immunology and Pediatrics.
Rachel Glick Robison, MD completed her undergraduate training at Emory University in Atlanta, GA obtaining a BS in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology and received her medical degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN. She moved to Chicago, IL in 2005 to complete her postgraduate residency training in Pediatrics and a subsequent fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and the former Children’s Memorial Hospital. She is currently a Pediatric Allergist/Immunologist at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Robison has participated as a site co-Investigator for the Chicagoland Metropolitan AsthmaNet Consortium for the NIH/NHLBI funded AsthmaNet clinical research network as well as a site principal investigator and co-investigator for multiple past and ongoing multicenter clinical trials for food allergy therapy including epicutaneous and oral immunotherapy. Dr. Robison is board certified in both Pediatrics and in Allergy and Immunology and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She is a member of the Midwest Region of FARE’s Outcomes Research Advisory Board.
Brian Schroer, MD is on staff at Cleveland Clinic Children’s hospital where he sees both children and adults. He has a general allergy practice for patients with all forms of severe allergic diseases, but specializes in treating food allergies in patients of all ages. Dr. Schroer’s focus on food allergies was prompted by one of his own children having food anaphylaxis, which significantly affects his approach to treating patients. Dr. Schroer is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, and Allergy and Immunology. He completed his Residency at The Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio before completing his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. He has been a staff physician in Cleveland for 8 years.
In addition treating patients in his daily practice, Dr. Schroer has been teaching communication skills to medical students at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine for 7 years, as well as to practicing physicians at the Cleveland Clinic Centers for Excellence in Healthcare Communication for the past 2 years. In these sessions, and in his patient clinic, he emphasizes relationship-centered communication, emphasizing that the priorities of both the patient and provider are important. This philosophy allows for discussions about diagnosis, avoidance and treatment to be specific to each patient while allowing the physician to understand the patient’s perspective and encouraging the patients to be partners in their care.
Dr. Stukus is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine in Columbus, Ohio. He is a leading expert in the use of social media for healthcare professionals and is the Social Media Medical Editor for the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. He dispenses evidence based information and dispels common myths and misperceptions through his popular Twitter account @AllergyKidsDoc, which has over 11,000 followers. Dr. Stukus has clinical/research interests in helping adolescents with allergic conditions transition to independence as well as implementation of clinical guidelines into practice.
J. Wesley Sublett, MD, MPH, is a partner and director of clinical research at Family Allergy & Asthma, based in Louisville, Kentucky, with 28 offices throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He is a graduate of Saint Louis University (MPH) and the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Board certified in both pediatrics and allergy/immunology, Dr. Sublett completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Louisville – Kosair Children’s Hospital. He completed his fellowship in allergy, asthma and immunology at the University of Cincinnati. He has authored numerous scientific papers and book chapters in the field of allergy and immunology. Currently, Dr. Sublett serves as president of the Greater Louisville Allergy Society and the vice chair of the ACAAI Drug and Anaphylaxis Committee.
Mary Catherine Tobin, MD was appointed director of the Division of Allergy/Immunology in the Department of Immunology/Microbiology, Rush University, in 2010. In 2013, she was named the Associate Chair for Clinical Programs in the department. In 2017, the Division became part of the Department of Internal Medicine, and she continued her leadership as Division Director. She started the Celiac and Food Sensitivity Clinics at Rush with her colleagues in Allergy, as well as Gastroenterology in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics. These clinics give both children and adults access to specialists in GI and food allergy, for evaluation and testing, oral challenges and dieticians who can help them develop a healthy diet with respect to food avoidance as well as timely reintroduction of foods as possible. These clinics promote sensible food choices and the opportunity for patients to contribute to an ongoing database for food sensitivities which has led to several articles in peer reviewed journals. She has been a PI on multiple clinical trials, and investigator funded studies.
Dr. Tobin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She is a member of the AAAAI and ACAAI adverse food reactions committees as well as a member of the Mast cell committee of the AAAAI. She has served the local allergy community as an officer and past president of the Illinois Society of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She has been named as a top allergist for food allergy in the Chicago Magazine for the last 3 years. She has achieved recognition for patient communication which places her in the top 10% of physicians nationally. She is an active clinical educator having taught at both Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine and Rush.
Dr. Warrier practices at the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Care Center, specializing in the treatment of children and adults with allergies, asthma, and immune deficiencies. He is also a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at St. Louis University. Prior to joining the Allergy, Asthma & Sinus Care Center in 2008, he was on faculty at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center in the Division of Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Warrier earned his bachelor’s degree from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky and his medical degree from the University of Louisville School of Medicine. He completed a combined Internal Medicine-Pediatrics Residency at St. Louis University Health Sciences Center and Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center, and Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at St. Louis University.
Dr. Warrier is currently certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He has also passed certification exams from the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
He has coauthored several papers, including studies on food allergy -“The Prevalence, Severity, and Distribution of Childhood Food Allergy in the United States” published in Pediatrics in 2011 and “Parent Report of Physician Diagnosis in Pediatric Food Allergy” published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2012. He is passionate about food allergies, since his older daughter suffers from peanut, tree nut, and chickpea food allergies, but we are happy to report that his daughter has graduated from OIT (oral immunotherapy)/desensitization for peanut (so now eats them regularly) and is currently on OIT for tree nuts. He is actively involved in the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at SSM St. Mary’s Health Center, Mercy Hospital Residents, and the Allergy Immunology Fellowship Program at St. Louis University.
As a physician-scientist, my long-term objective is to define immunologic mechanisms of gastrointestinal inflammation that drive clinical phenotype/outcome. This is key to identifying novel therapeutic targets, improving outcomes, reducing morbidity and personalizing care. My focus is on two chronic inflammatory diseases: 1)Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE), which involves symptoms of esophageal dysfunction and eosinophil-predominant inflammation isolated to the esophagsus, and 2)Ulcerative Colitis (UC), a subtype of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) characterized by blood diarrhea, and T-helper lymphocyte type 2 inflammation restricted to the colonic mucosa. Both diseases involve morbidity associated with chronic inflammation and thus require chronic therapy to maintain remission and limit complications.