Health Sciences Advisory Council

APFED’s Health Sciences Advisory Council Members
APFED works with a wide variety of health care specialists to help guide our work and ensure medical accuracy and relevancy. Examples of the types of specialists we work with include, but aren’t limited to, researchers, scholars, clinicians from academic institutions and private practice, and ancillary staff.

All council members volunteer their time and expertise to support APFED’s mission by advising us on research priorities, healthcare provider education, patient education and content. To view our Health Sciences Advisors, please expand a specialty area below.

Allergy and Immunology

Seema Aceves, M.D., PhD
Allergy and Immunology
Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego, CA
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of CA, San Diego

Amal H. Assa’ad, M.D.
Associate Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Director of Clinical Services, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Professor, University of Cincinnati Department of Pediatrics

Dan Atkins, M.D.
Allergy Section Chief, Co-Director Gastrointestinal
Eosinophilic Diseases Program
Children’s Hospital Colorado
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine

Douglas Johnston, DO
Asthma & Allergy Specialists
Charlotte NC

Marc E. Rothenberg M.D., PhD
Director and Endowed Chair
Division of Allergy and Immunology
Professor of Pediatrics
Children’s Hospital Medical Center
University of Cincinnati

Marissa Shams, M.D.
Assistant Professor, Allergy/Immunology
Emory University School of Medicine
The Emory Clinic

Jonathan M. Spergel, M.D., Ph.D.
Stuart Starr Endowed Chair of Pediatrics
Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Allergy Section
Division of Allergy-Immunology
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Perelman School of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania

Biochemistry/Genetics

Steven J. Ackerman, Ph.D.
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Professor of Medicine, Sections of Hematology-Oncology,
and Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy
The University of Illinois at Chicago

Dietetics

Alexia Beauregard, MS, RD, CSP, LD
Chief, Clinical Dietetics at Winn Army Community Hospital
Faculty Member at The Ellyn Satter Institute
Fort Stewart, GA

Raquel Durban, MS, RD, CSP, LD/N
Asthma & Allergy Specialists, PA
Charlotte, NC

Marion Groetch, MS, RDN
Director of Nutrition Services, Jaffe Food Allergy institute
Assistant Professor Pediatrics
Division of Allergy & Immunology
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, NY

Lauren Kronisch, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian Program Coordinator
Texas Children's Hospital
Houston, TX

Carina Venter, PhD, RD
Associate Professor
Children’s Hospital Colorado; University of Colorado
Aurora, CO

Gastroenterology

Mirna Chehade, M.D., MPH
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine Director, Mount Sinai Center for Eosinophilic Disorders
Jaffe Food Allergy Institute Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Evan S. Dellon, MD MPH
Professor of Medicine; Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

Benjamin Enav, M.D.
Assistant Professor, VCU Pediatric Gastroenterology of Northern Virginia
Fairfax, VA

Gary W. Falk, M.D., M.S.
Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

Glenn Furuta, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Digestive Health Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado

Nirmala Gonsalves, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Sandeep Gupta, M.D.
Pediatric Gastroenterology, Children’s Hospital of Illinois
University of Illinois 

Ikuo Hirano, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

David A. Leiman, MD, MSHP
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology
Duke University Medical Center
Duke Clinical Research Institute

Chris A. Liacouras, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Pediatrics, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Attending Physician, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Co-Director Department of Endoscopy
Medical Director of Clinical Trials
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia PA

Jonathan E. Markowitz, M.D., M.S.C.E.
Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology
Greenville Health System Clinical Professor of Pediatrics
University of South Carolina School of Medicine-Greenville
Clemson University School of Health Research

Philip E. Putnam, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Professor of Pediatrics University of Cincinnati Medical
Director, Cincinnati Center for Eosinophilic Disorders
Director of Endoscopy Services, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Nicholas J Talley, M.D.
Pro Vice Chancellor, Global Research and Professor of Medicine
University of Newcastle, Australia

Barry Wershil, M.D.
Division Chief, Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Professor of Pediatrics, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine 

Hematology

Srdan Verstovsek, M.D., Ph.D.
United Energy Resources, Inc. Professor of Medicine
Director, Hanns A. Pielenz Clinical Research Center for Myeloproliferative Neoplasms
Department of Leukemia

Pathology

Margaret H. Collins, M.D.
Professor of Pathology
University of Cincinnati Department of Pathology &
Laboratory Medicine
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

Psychology/Mental Health
Jane Robinson, PhD
Clinical Pediatric Psychologist
Children's Hospital Colorado
Denver, CO

Margo Szabo, PhD
Clinical Pediatric Psychologist
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA
Pulmonology

Praveen Akuthota, MD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Pulmonary and Critical Care
UC San Diego Health

Michael E. Wechsler, M.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director of Asthma
Dept of Medicine
National Jewish Health
Denver, CO