The number of people suffering from allergic disorders has steadily risen year after year. The reason for this rise remains unclear, but researchers around the world are working hard to find ways to combat this phenomenon.
Currently, one of the greatest fields of discovery is the area of food allergies. Not only is there research around how to improve tolerance or desensitize patients to food allergens, but we are also just beginning to understand some of the causes of allergies and how they relate to human physiology and our interactions with the world around us.
One of the things that first fascinated me about the field of Allergy-Immunology is how young a field it is, in terms of discovery. We have made some amazing advances in the care of patients with food, drug, and environmental allergies, but we are acutely aware that we still have much to learn. Because we are a young field, it also means that there are many misconceptions about allergies. Even the word “allergy” itself brings to mind different ideas for different people.
I have found that eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) is an area where the word “allergy” is often misused, leading to confusion, unnecessary dietary restrictions, and creating barriers to symptom relief. For EoE, there can be allergic reactions to foods and non-allergic EoE-food reactions/triggers. There is allergy testing available for the IgE based reactions, but for non-IgE and non-allergic EoE-food reactions/triggers, there are currently no methods of testing that most allergist would consider reliable. I am passionate about working with patients to help them understand what allergies truly look like so that they can have a keener understanding of their diagnoses and a better involvement in its solution.
I have been with Nemours for seven years and I currently serve as the Chief of Nemours Division of Allergy-Immunology. I am excited to collaborate with Dr. Franciosi and the EoE team who provide comprehensive care for patients with eosinophilic esophagitis.
I welcome you to the team that will put your child’s healthcare at the center of their focus.
- Georgia Health Sciences University 2011-2013
Augusta, GA Fellow in Allergy-Immunology
- University of Louisville; Kosair Children’s Hospital 2008-2011
Louisville, KY Pediatric Resident
- University of Kentucky College of Medicine 2004-2008
Lexington, KY M.D.
- University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 2003-2004
Post-baccalaureate work in Educational and Counseling Psychology, Histology, and Spanish.
- Centre College, Danville, KY 1999- 2003
B.S. Psychology and Psychobiology, cum laude
- Allergy & Immunology
- 2017 - Automating Quality and Safety Benchmarking for Children: Meeting The Needs of Health Systems and patients
Site Director for Multicentre Research Study
PI: Dr. Kathleen Walsh, Anderson Center for Health System Excellence
- 2016 -Diagnosis, Management, and Treatment Outcomes of Allergic Fungal Sinusitis in the Pediatric Population
-Co-Investigator; accepted for podium presentation at 2016 SENTAC Meeting, Orlando FL.
- 2016 - Changes in Inflammatory Markers in Serum of Children Based on Sugar And Carbohydrate Consumption
-Co-Investigator; accepted for poster presentation Lake Nona Research Day
- 2013 - Peach Allergy and Cross Reactivity With Peanut or Grass
-Lead author on original research and presentation at Georgia Allergy Society meeting
- 2012 - Clinical Similarities and Diagnostic Differences of DRESS and Kawasaki Disease
-Lead author on case report and presentation at SEAAI meeting
PI: Dr. William K. Dolen, MD
- 2011 - Two Case Reports of Protein Losing Enteropathies and Hypogammaglobulinemia
-Lead author on case report with abstract presentation at ACAAI meeting
Principle Investigator: Dr. William K. Dolen, MD
- 2011 - Loss of Asthma Control in Pediatric Patients After Discontinuation Of Long-Acting Beta-Agonists
-Co-researcher in data gathering and evaluation with University of Louisville
University of Louisville
Principle Investigator: Dr. Adrian O’Hagan, MD
- 2009 - Evaluation of Available and Desirable Incentives for Physicians to Work in Rural and Medically Underserved Communities
-Co-researcher in initial data gathering and evaluation
University of Louisville
Principle Investigator: Dr. Josh Honaker, MD
- 2007 - Juvenile Primary Fibromyalgia Syndrome in an Adolescent Psychiatric Population
-Performed initial clinical trial data collection and entry
University of Kentucky Department of Psychiatry
Principle Investigator: Dr. Karen Lommel, DO