2022 NAPAAC Speakers

Dr. Elissa Abrams

Dr. Abrams is an Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the University of Manitoba. She holds adjunct appointments at UBC and UCDenver. She is President of the Allergy Section of the CPS and Chair of the Food Allergy/Anaphylaxis Section of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She works at Public Health Agency of Canada. Her research interests include risk communication, public health, and resource stewardship. She has published over 150 articles.


Dr. Aikaterini Anagnostou

Dr. Anagnostou is currently a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. She serves as the Director of the Food Immunotherapy Program and is passionate about investigating new and innovative treatments for food allergy. She obtained her PhD from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom and her dissertation focused on two separate trials of Peanut Oral Immunotherapy in children. Her research work was published in The Lancet and received international recognition. Dr Anagnostou has a strong interest in preventing and treating all forms of allergic disease. She is currently leading research projects on food immunotherapy, shared decision-making in food allergy, anaphylaxis and the microbiome. She is committed to improving the quality of life of allergic patients and their families.

Dr. Sharon Chinthrajah

Dr. R. Sharon Chinthrajah is an Associate Professor at Stanford University, subspecialized in Pulmonary/Critical Care and Allergy/Immunology. She directs the Clinical Translational Research Unit of the Sean N Parker Center for Allergy and Asthma Research where she conducts translational research investigating immune mechanisms in food allergy and asthma and leads the team to conduct novel and impactful Phase 1-4 studies in food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and atopic dermatitis. She oversees over 26 active clinical trials in the overlapping diseases of food allergy, asthma, allergic rhinitis, eczema, and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Chinthrajah received her MD from Drexel University College of Medicine, completed her Internal Medicine training and a chief residency at California Pacific Medical Center, and subspecialized in Pulmonary/Critical Care and Allergy/Immunology at Boston Medical Center. Her long-term research focus is to advance our understanding of immune dysfunction and regulation in allergic disorders and to apply these insights to develop novel therapeutics to treat these diseases.

Dr. Arnon Elizur

Dr. Elizur graduated from The Sackler School of Medicine in Tel Aviv University in 1998. Following residency in Pediatrics, he did a fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at Washington University in St Louis Children's Hospital and then a second fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Shamir (formerly Asaf Harofeh) Medical Center, Israel. Since 2016, Dr. Elizur has served as the Director of the Institute of Allergy, Immunology and Pediatric Pulmonology, at Shamir Medical Center, and the center of oral immunotherapy for food allergy, associated with it. His main research area is food allergy with a focus on the diagnosis and treatment of tree nut allergy, and on the course and outcome of oral immunotherapy.

Dr. Matthew Greenhawt

Dr. Matthew J. Greenhawt is an allergist-immunologist in Aurora, Colorado and is affiliated with Children's Hospital Colorado. He received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years.

Dr. Edwin Kim

Dr. Edwin Kim is an associate professor and chief of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He is the director of the UNC Food Allergy Initiative (UNC FAI) research group which is involved in clinical, translational, and basic science research in food allergy. He has extensive experience in the development of novel therapies for food allergy with a particular focus on immunotherapy for food allergy. He is also PI of the UNC site within the Consortium for Food Allergy Research (CoFAR) and PI of the UNC site within the FARE Clinical Network.


Dr. Elana Lavine

Elana Lavine is the current pediatric section advisor for the CSACI. She practices pediatric allergy and clinical immunology at Humber River Hospital and the Vaughan Pediatric Clinic, and is adjunct assistant professor in the departments of paediatrics at both Queen's University and University of Toronto.

Dr. Jay Lieberman

Dr. Lieberman completed residency in internal medicine at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri and then his fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Upon completion of his fellowship, he returned home to work at the University of Tennessee, and LeBonheur Children’s Hospital, where he is now an associate professor. He currently serves as Chair of the food allergy committee for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, as a member of the Joint Task Force Practice Parameter committee, as an associated editor for Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and as a board member for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He lives in Memphis with his wife and 2 daughters.

Dr. Douglas Mack

Dr. Mack is a Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Specialist. Dr. Mack is an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and McMaster.  He is the Principal Investigator for Ontario Pediatric Allergy Research Corporation.  He sits on the Board of Directors or the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and is on the Executive for the section of Allergy for the Ontario Medical Association.  He is co-author of clinical guidelines on the prevention of allergy, epinephrine and anaphylaxis for the CSACI and is the editor of first North American Manual on Oral Immunotherapy for food.  He sits on the editorial board for the Journal of Food Allergy.  Dr. Mack is co-founder of Halton Pediatric Allergy Clinic where his focus is on Oral Immunotherapy.

Dr. Antonella Muraro

Dr. Muraro is a Consultant allergist and pediatrician, Head of the Food Allergy Referral Centre at the Padua University hospital in Padua, Italy and Professor of Food allergy at the Padua School of Medicine . She is Past President of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical immunology -EAACI . At EAACI she  pioneered  the  project of Guidelines for Clinical Practice  : Food Allergy and  Anaphylaxis Guidelines  2014 -21 and  the Allergen Immunotherapy Guidelines 2018.  She is currently member of the Executive Committee of the Global Allergy and  Asthma Network of Centres of Excellence -GA2LEN and of the Steering Committee of the GA2LEN Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis ANACare  Network of Centres . She has  authored more that 260  articles and book chapters . in 2020 and 2021 she has been awarded as Highly  Cited researcher  by the Web Science Clarivate analytics . At the Food Allergy Centre at the Padua University hospital she has implemented a multidisciplinary and multi-professional approach to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic diseases integrating allergist , pediatrician , dietitian ,   a dedicated psychologist as well as health professionals dealing with the allergic patient ( gastroenterologist , dermatologist and pulmonologist ). In addition she has implemented a regular program of  education and training of patients , school staff and restaurant along with  continuous advocacy for the food allergy patient.

Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn

Dr. Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn is an allergist-immunologist in New York, New York and is affiliated with NYU Langone Hospitals.

Dr. Paul Turner

Dr. Paul Turner is a Reader / Clinician Scientist and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology at Imperial College London, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia. His research, funded by the Medical Research Council, European Commission, NIHR and UK Food Standards Agency among others, focusses on the pathophysiology of severe allergic reactions to food. He is a member of the UK Food Standards Agency's Science Council, the FAO/WHO Codex Expert Consultation on Risk Assessment of Food Allergens and leads the EAACI Taskforce on Food Allergen Thresholds. Paul leads the food allergy desensitisation programme at St Mary's Hospital, London; the team was awarded the Best UK Clinical Team by Allergy UK in 2018. Paul was also the recipient of the 2020 PhARf Award, awarded by the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI). He is a consultant to the UK Health Security Agency, Chairperson of the WAO Anaphylaxis Committee and emeritus chair of the BSACI Paediatric Allergy Committee.

Dr. David Stukus

Dr. Stukus is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics and Director of the Food Allergy Treatment Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. He is Co-Chair of the inaugural NAPAAC planning committee and current member of the Board of Regents for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Stukus is very active on social media and you can find him @AllergyKidsDoc on both Twitter and Instagram.

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