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Clinical Allergist, Division of Allergy and Immunology

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics



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My Biography & Research


As a clinical allergist, I help children who have food allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis and eczema. I enjoy working with these children and their parents to provide treatments and educate them about successfully managing their allergy problems. My nurses and I individualize a care plan for each patient and family, and we provide support and coaching as the family moves forward with the treatment plan.

I’m inspired by the opportunity to improve a child’s quality of life. Allergy and asthma therapies, including oral desensitization for food allergies, can significantly relieve the stress and limitations imposed by these conditions.

In addition to my clinical practice, I also do research. My research focuses on learning more about desensitizing patients to food allergens. We have had good success in helping children achieve tolerance to their food allergens – to the point where they can have an unrestricted diet. We are studying the long-term outcomes of this new treatment.

During my career, I’m proud to have earned awards such as the Children’s Hospital Clinical Care Achievement Award in 2017. This award recognizes physicians who provide exceptional quality of care. I was also honored to receive the 2020 Patient-Family Experience Award, which is based on surveys completed by families following their clinic visits. In the surveys, these families mentioned their appreciation for my genuine concern, careful listening, thoroughness and explaining things in a way that the patient can understand.

In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering at the Cincinnati Observatory. In addition to amateur astronomy, I like hiking, paddleboarding and playing disc golf.

Clinical Interests

Food allergy and oral desensitization to foods; asthma management, with special focus on patient and family education about asthma; environmental allergies, diagnosis and management

Research Interests

Role of environmental allergens and pollutants in childhood asthma; allergen immunotherapy; asthma pathogenesis and treatment; role of outdoor fungal spores as aeroallergens; diagnosis and treatment of food allergy

Visit Dr. Lierl's fungal spore photo website.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics


Allergy and Immunology, Allergy and Immunology

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My Education

MD: University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY, 1979.

Residency: University of Kentucky Medical Center, Lexington, KY, 1979 to 1982.

Fellowship: Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine, Louisiana State University Medical Center, Shreveport, LA, 1984 - 1986; Allergy / Immunology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1986 - 1988.

Certification: Pediatrics, 1984; Allergy / Immunology, 1987; Pediatric Pulmonary, 1989, 1996, 2002.

My Publications

Oral immunotherapy for multiple foods in a pediatric allergy clinic setting. Eapen, AA; Lavery, WJ; Siddiqui, JS; Lierl, MB. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2019; 123:573-581.e3.

A Phase 2 Randomized Controlled Multisite Study Using Omalizumab-facilitated Rapid Desensitization to Test Continued vs Discontinued Dosing in Multifood Allergic Individuals. Andorf, S; Purington, N; Kumar, D; Long, A; O'Laughlin, KL; Sicherer, S; Sampson, H; Cianferoni, A; Whitehorn, TB; Petroni, D; et al. EClinicalMedicine. 2019; 7:27-38.

Variation in the Inpatient Management of Pediatric Anaphylaxis. Guiot, A; Ambroggio, L; Parker, M; Goodman, MA; Ramirez, LP; Lierl, M; Schuler, CL. Clinical Pediatrics. 2017; 56:1064-1067.