I am a pediatric allergist caring for children with allergic conditions, including allergic rhinitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy and food allergy. I manage allergic conditions in children of all ages.
I rely heavily on the patient’s history to inform how I care for them. Asking questions and listening is an essential part of every interaction I have with a patient and their family members. I rely on shared decision-making and try to make sure families feel informed as they participate in their child’s care.
A college clinical research experience inspired me to attend medical school and pursue a career as a physician-researcher. In medical school, my interactions with patients and their families moved me to become a pediatrician. The complex nature of allergic and immunologic conditions — and the unanswered questions and need for more research in the field — spurred me to choose allergy and immunology as a subspecialty.
My clinical and research interests focus on food allergy in the infant population. I am particularly interested in early allergenic food introduction and the evaluation of infants at high-risk for food allergy. I hope to identify a biomarker of food allergy and to improve food allergy diagnostic testing.
I received a Center for Clinical & Translational Science & Training KL2 research scholar award. The award helps promote the development of junior faculty engaged in clinical and translational research at the University of Cincinnati. The funding from this recognition supports my investigation into a biomarker of peanut allergy in a high-risk infant population.
In my free time, I enjoy being active and outdoors. I trekked to the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania several years ago.