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Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD

Director, Division of Asthma Research

Co-Director, Office of Pediatric Clinical Fellowships

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone: 513-636-7054


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Asthma; allergic rhinitis; food allergy; urticaria


Genetics of allergy and asthma; cytokines; signaling pathways

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Gurjit Khurana Hershey, MD, PhD, received a BS degree from the University of Iowa, and MD and PhD degrees from Washington University School of Medicine. After completing pediatric residency and an allergy/immunology Fellowship at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, Dr. Khurana Hershey joined the faculty at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She now directs the Division of Asthma Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and is the director of the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

In addition to her clinical duties, Dr. Khurana Hershey directs an NIH-funded research program focused on the genetics and genomics of allergic inflammation with a focus on cytokines and signal transduction. Her research has been continuously funded for over fifteen years. She is the principal investigator of an NIH-funded Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center (AADCRC), and is also the PI of the Inner City Asthma Consortium, an NIH funded subcontract. She is the PI of the UC T32 MSTP training grant. In addition to her research contributions, she is an outstanding clinician and teacher/mentor. Several of her trainees now hold academic faculty positions. She is the recipient of the 2013 Cincinnati Children’s Educational Achievement Award.

Dr. Khurana Hershey is a fellow of the American Pediatric Society and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She serves on the Executive Council of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology Program Committee, is the Chair of the Grant Review Committee and appointed Vice Chair of the Basic and Immunology Interest Section. She is a member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She was recently named One of the Five Leading Women in Healthcare in the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area, and Outstanding Woman at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.

Education and Training

BS: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA, 1985.

PhD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1990.

MD: Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1992. 

Residency: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1992-1995. 

Fellowship: St. Louis Children's Hospital, St. Louis, MO, 1995-1997.

Board Certification: American Board of Pediatrics, 2009 - Present.

Board Certification: American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 2008 - Present.


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