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Amal H. Assa'ad, MD


  • Associate Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
  • Director of Clinical Services, Division of Allergy and Immunology
  • Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics
My care philosophy is to see each patient as a family member. I treat the patient as my child, grandchild or sibling and answer the question, 'What would I do?' I like to see patients in the context of their family and their own surroundings. I want to help the whole family cope with the medical problem at hand.
Amal H. Assa'ad, MD

About

Biography

I am the current director of the Food Allergy Program within the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s.

As a pediatric allergist, I see patients with asthma, allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis, anaphylaxis, drug and vaccine allergy, eczema, immunodeficiencies, urticaria and angioedema. I specialize in caring for children with food allergies.

My care philosophy is to see each patient as a family member. I treat the patient as my child, grandchild or sibling and answer the question, “What would I do?” I like to see patients in the context of their family and their own surroundings. I want to help the whole family cope with the medical problem at hand.

When families come to my allergy and immunology clinic at Cincinnati Children’s, they get unique expertise, cutting-edge knowledge, decades of experience and a very friendly doctor. I speak five languages and have traveled the world, which makes me familiar with and understanding of different cultures and backgrounds.

When I share a diagnosis with a family, I use clear language and speak in a way everyone can understand. I also provide follow-up care for as long as they need it. I have patients whom I have followed and kept healthy and happy from infancy through graduate school.

I was not inspired to be a provider. I was inspired to be a physician. In my country, there is no college. Students attend graduate school straight out of high school. Admission is based on one’s scores and rankings on a national high school exam. My high scores on that exam made me eligible to choose any graduate school I wanted. My final choices were engineering school, following in the footsteps of my father who was a mechanical engineer, or medical school. No one in our family was in the medical field. I gravitated to medicine because of my love for biology. I think medicine suits me because I am very observant. I like to dig deep into the etiology of things and make a diagnosis.

After my medicine/pediatric residency, I chose a fellowship in allergy and immunology. I find this to be an exciting field that addresses immune system differences. Some of these changes lead to allergic disorders, which are more common; others point to rare immunodeficiencies.

My research focuses on food allergies and eczema. I want to solve the management of this common disorder. I conducted and published many studies showing the benefits of various therapies. I’m also trying to address racial disparities in the management of food allergies and eczema. My intent is to ensure all patients receive the same quality care and advances in knowledge.

I received the Woman in Allergy Award from our two national organizations, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology in 2005 and the American College of Allergy Asthma and Immunology in 2013. Both awards highlight me as a model for women in science, allergy and immunology, and food allergy research.

My hobby is dressmaking, high fashion and designer styles. While I could have made any clothing style for my three girls when they were growing up, they only sought my talent for Halloween costumes. However, they let me make their wedding veils, which turned out really stunning.

MBBCh (MD): Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1978.

MS: Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt, 1982.

Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Michigan State University, Hurley Medical Center, Flint, Mich.; Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Wright State University, Dayton, Ohio, 1990-1992.

Fellowship: Allergy/Clinical Immunology, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, Texas, 1986-1987; Allergy/Clinical Immunology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, 1992-1995.

Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, 1992; American Board of Pediatrics, 1992, re-certification 2008 (fulfilling Maintenance of Certification to December 2018); American Board of Allergy and Immunology, 1995, re-certification 2015 - 2025.

Interests

Food allergy; asthma; vaccine allergy; immunodeficiencies

Services and Specialties

Allergy and Immunology

Research Areas

Allergy and Immunology

Additional Languages

Arabic, French

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Publications

Breakthroughs in understanding and treating eosinophilic gastrointestinal diseases presented at the CEGIR/TIGERs Symposium at the 2022 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Meeting. Chehade, M; Wright, BL; Atkins, D; Aceves, SS; Ackerman, SJ; Assa'ad, AH; Bauer, M; Collins, MH; Commins, SP; Davis, CM; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2023; 152:1382-1393.

Gut microbiome is associated with asthma and race in children with food allergy. Mahdavinia, M; Fyolek, JP; Jiang, J; Thivalapill, N; Bilaver, LA; Warren, C; Fox, S; Nimmagadda, SR; Newmark, PJ; Sharma, H; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 2023; 152:1541-1549.e1.

World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow's Milk Allergy (DRACMA) guidelines update - X - Breastfeeding a baby with cow's milk allergy. McWilliam, V; Netting, MJ; Volders, E; Palmer, DJ; Ansotegui, I; Arasi, S; Assa'ad, AH; Bahna, SL; Canani, RB; Bognanni, A; et al. World Allergy Organization Journal. 2023; 16:100830.

Long-term safety and immunologic outcomes of daily oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy. Bird, JA; Nilsson, C; Brown, K; Pham, T; Tilles, S; du Toit, G; Assa'ad, A. 2023; 2:100120.

Validation of the Food Allergy Quality of Life Questionnaire (FAQLQ-PF10) Short Form in a diverse US sample. Ramos, A; Warren, C; Herbert, L; Pappalardo, AA; Engel, M; Sharma, H; Assa'ad, A; Mahdavinia, M; Bilaver, L; DunnGalvin, A; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2023; 11:2239-2241.

Assessing Disparities in the Prevalence of Atopic Comorbidities Among Food-Allergic Children. Dileep, A; Warren, C; Bilaver, LA; Stephen, E; Andy-Nweye, AB; Fox, S; Jiang, J; Newmark, PJ; Chura, A; Abdikarim, I; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2023; 11:1169-1176.

Accelerating Food Allergy Research: Need for a Data Commons. Gupta, RS; Sehgal, S; Wlodarski, M; Bilaver, LA; Wehbe, FH; Spergel, JM; Wang, J; Ciaccio, CE; Nimmagadda, SR; Assa'ad, A; et al. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. 2023; 11:1063-1067.

B cell repertoire in children with skin barrier dysfunction supports altered IgE maturation associated with allergic food sensitization. Gill, K; Moore, C; Nwogu, O; Kroner, JW; Chang, W; Stevens, ML; Kyzy, AB; Biagini, JM; Devonshire, AL; Kottyan, L; et al. 2023; 4:2023.02.01.526538.

Participant characteristics and safety outcomes of peanut oral immunotherapy in the RAMSES and ARC011 trials. Ciaccio, C; Goldsobel, AB; Anagnostou, A; Beyer, K; Casale, TB; Deschildre, A; Fernández-Rivas, M; Hourihane, JO B; Krawiec, M; Lieberman, J; et al. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2022; 129:758-768.e4.

Racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in COVID-19 and influenza vaccination in pediatric food allergy. Fithian, EM; Warren, C; Pappalardo, AA; Thivalapill, N; Long, JR; Bilaver, LA; Asa'ad, A; Mahdavinia, M; Sharma, H; Gupta, R. Journal of food allergy. 2022; 4:172-180.

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