Allergy and Immunology

Faculty

Rachel L. Miller, MD, FAAAAI

Academic Title(s)

Director, Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Professor of Medicine (in Pediatrics) and Environmental Sciences at CUMC

Contact Information

Tel: (212) 305-7759
Fax: (212) 305-2277

Education

  • Harvard University: A.B., 1986
  • New York University School of Medicine: M.D., 1990

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, 1990-1993
  • Fellow, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, 1993-1997
  • Fellow, Allergy and Immunology, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center, 1997-1999

Interests/Specialties

  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Secondary immunodeficiencies
  • Anaphylaxis

Awards and Honors

  • 1999 Florence and Herbert Irving Clinical Research Career Award
  • 2011 US News and World Report Top Doctor (pulmonologist)

Learn more about Dr. Miller

Dr. Miller is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Disease, Critical Care Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. She has appointments in 3 departments in 2 Columbia schools and is the Director of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Director of Adult Allergy, and Director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship program. She was named as top pulmonologist in the 2011 US News and World Report report and is a Fellow at the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology. Her clinical office specializes in the treatment of asthma and allergies at the John Edsall-John Wood Asthma Center.

In addition, Dr. Miller is the Co-Deputy Director of the Columbia Center for Childrens Environmental Health (CCCEH), and Associate Director and Lead Physician Scientist for the Disease Investigation through Specialized Clinically-Oriented Ventures in Environment Research (DISCOVER). Her research concentrates on the mechanisms for the onset of asthma. One large research focus involves establishing and studying a birth cohort from Northern Manhattan (www.CCCEH.org), determining the importance of environmental allergens, traffic-related pollutants, and phthalate exposure to the onset of allergies, asthma, and Th2 immune responses. A major emphasis is on the role of prenatal and early postnatal exposure on later pediatric and adolescent asthma risk. Additional areas of research include identifying novel genetic by environment interactions important to the onset of asthma. She also has established several mouse models examining the importance of prenatal and postnatal environmental exposures on asthma risk. More recent initiatives have been to build a program in environmental epigenetics and asthma by studying DNA methylation in cell, mouse and human systems.

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Gail Cawkwell, MD

Academic Title(s):

Instructor in Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9304
Fax: (212) 305-4932
Email: gdc2103@columbia.edu

Education

  • Duke University, BS, 1984
  • McGill University, MDCM, 1988
  • University of Cincinnati, PhD, 1995

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, Duke University, 1988-1991
  • Fellow, Pediatric Rheumatology, Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 1991-1994

Interests/Specialties

  • Childhood arthritis
  • Epidemiology of rheumatic diseases of childhood
  • Clinical trial design and drug development

Learn more about Dr. Cawkwell

Dr. Cawkwell is a board certified pediatrician and pediatric rheumatolgist with over 15 years of practice experience and 10 years of experience as a pharmaceutical medical professional.

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Yesim Yilmaz Demirdag, MD

Academic Title(s)

Director of Immunodeficiency Clinic
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information

Tel: (212) 305-2300
Fax: (212) 305-4538
Email: yyd2101@columbia.edu

Education

  • Akdeniz University, MD, 1990

Postgraduate Training

  • Fellow, Clinical Cytogenetics, Yale University, 2002-2004
  • Intern and resident, Pediatrics, Louisiana State University, 2004-2007
  • Fellow, Allergy and Immunology, Louisiana State University, 2007-2009

Awards and Honors

  • Bravo Award, Press Ganey top three percentile provider award, 2012
  • USIDNet (US Immunodeficiency Network) short-term training award, 2008

Interests/Specialties

  • Primary immunodeficiencies
  • Food Allergy
  • Drug Allergy
  • Eczema

Learn more about Dr. Demirdag

Dr. Demirdag is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, College of Physicians & Surgeons of Columbia University.

Dr. Demirdag was born and educated in Turkey. She graduated with Honors from the Akdeniz University School of Medicine in Antalya, Turkey. Dr. Demirdag completed her training in Allergy and Immunology at Louisiana State University.

Dr. Demirdag's clinical research focused on primary immunodeficiencies in children and adults with recurrent ear and sinus infections, growth factors in patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies, and genetics of allergic disorders. Her clinical practice focuses on immunodeficiencies in children and adults as well as food allergies, eczema, drug allergies, allergic rhinitis, and asthma.

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Andrew H. Eichenfield, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9304
Fax: (212) 305-4932
Email: ahe2101@columbia.edu

Education

  • Wesleyan University, B.A., 1975
  • University of Health Sciences/The Chicago Medical School, M.D., 1978

Postgraduate Training

  • Rotating Intern, Korlebu Teaching Hospital, Accra, Ghana,1972-1974.
  • Intern and Resident, Pediatrics, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 1978-1982
  • Fellow, Pediatric rheumatology, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 1982-84

Interests/Specialties

  • Juvenile idiopathic arthritis
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus
  • Lyme disease
  • Impact of chronic disease in childhood on families

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Rose Karanicolas, MD

Academic Title(s)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information

Email: rk2820@columbia.edu

Education

  • State University of New York at Stony Brook,
    School of Health Technology and Management,
    Bachelor of Science in Biology,
    Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences,
    1998
  • Ross University School of Medicine,
    Doctor of Medicine,
    2007

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident/Clinical Assistant Instructor,
    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center,
    Brooklyn, New York, 2007-2010
  • Fellow/Clinical Assistant Instructor, Allergy and Immunology,
    State University of New York Downstate Medical Center,
    Brooklyn, New York, 2010-2012
  • Fellow, Pediatric Rheumatology,
    Hospital Special Surgery and NY Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center,
    New York, New York, 2012-2014

Interests/Specialties

  • Primary Immunodeficiency
  • Autoinflammatory Diseases
  • Eczema
  • Food Allergy

Minsoo Kim, MD

Academic Title(s)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information

Tel: (212) 305-2300
Fax: (212) 305-4538
Email: Mk3505@columbia.edu

Education

  • SUNY Binghamton University, B.A., Magna Cum Laude, 2001
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University, M.D., 2006

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center, 2006-2009
  • Fellow, Allergy & Immunology, SUNY Downstate Medical Center, 2010-2012

Interests/Specialties

  • Food Allergies
  • Eczema
  • Asthma/Allergic Rhinitis
  • Chronic Hives/Swelling

Mervat Nassef, MD, FAAAAI

Academic Title(s)

Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information

Tel: (212) 305-2300, 718-980-1449
Fax: (212) 305-4538

Education

  • New York University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1978-1982
  • New York University, MD, 1982-1986

Postgraduate Training

  • Residency, Pediatrics, New York University Medical Center, 1986-1989
  • Fellowship, Allergy & Immunology, Columbia University, college of Physicians & Surgeons, 1989-1993

Interests/Specialties

  • Food allergies
  • Hay fever (nasal and eye allergies)
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Eczema
  • Hives (urticaria)
  • Chronic cough
  • Pet and insect allergies

Learn more about Dr. Nassef

During her fellowship, Dr. Nassef worked on developing an assay for measuring the effects of gamma delta cells on IgE productions by activated B cells.

Since then, her love for teaching and caring for patients has redirected my career to a more clinical path. Her goal is to provide the highest quality, individualized patient care using state-of-the-art diagnostic testing methods. She has a special interest in food allergies.

As Director of Education in the Allergy Division, Dr. Nassef is responsible for coordinating the activities of students and residents doing the allergy elective. She has also been active in giving grand rounds and teaching conferences in area hospitals and writing publications on various topics in allergy.

As the Allergy Consultant to Columbia Presbyterian Hospital's occupational health service, Dr. Nassef sees all hospital workers with work-related allergic conditions.

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Collette Spalding, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (In Medicine) at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 342-3317
Email: cs2823@columbia.edu

Education

  • Brown University, BA, 2005
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine, MD, 2009

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and Resident, Medicine, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 2009-2012
  • Fellow, Allergy/Immunology, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, 2012-2014

Interests/Specialties

  • Asthma
  • Allergic rhinitis
  • Food allergy
  • Immunology

Amy Joan Starr, MD

Academic Title(s):

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Contact Information:

Tel: (212) 305-9304
Fax: (212) 304-4932
Email: ajs2213@columbia.edu

Education

  • Brooklyn College, BA, Chemistry, 1970
  • Yale Medical School, MD, 1974

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern, Pediatrics, Methodist Hospital of Indiana 1975
  • Resident, Pediatrics, Albany Medical College 1978

Interests/Specialties

  • Juvenile arthritis in young children
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus

Learn more about Dr. Starr

Dr. Starr has been working at Columbia University since 2009 after many years of pediatric rheumatology experience in Southern California at Kaiser Permanente where she was in charge of all patients in the Southern California region.

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Joyce E. Yu, MD

Academic Title(s)

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Contact Information

Tel: (212) 305-2300
Fax: (212) 305-4538
Email: jy2614@columbia.edu

Education

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., 1997
  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, M.D., 2002

Postgraduate Training

  • Intern and resident, Pediatrics, Children’s Memorial Hospital, McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University, 2002-2005
  • Fellow, Allergy & Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2005-2008
  • Post-doctoral research fellow, Allergy & Immunology, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, 2008-2009

Interests/Specialties

  • Immune deficiency diseases
  • Recurrent Infections
  • Food allergy
  • Environmental allergies

Honors and Awards

  • Ruth L. Kirschstein T32 Fellowship, 2008
  • Student Scholar Award, American Society of Nephrology, 2000

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