Gary S. Rachelefsky, M.D., Allergies and Asthma
ALLERGIES AND ASTHMA
Why LHJ loves him: He knows pretty much everything there is to know about allergies and asthma, and he's really good at explaining the latest studies, trends, new treatments, and potential breakthroughs in his field.
Medical degree: Washington University, St. Louis, Missouri, 1967.
Postdoctoral training: Internship in medicine, Bellevue Hospital, New York; residency in pediatrics, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore; fellowship in epidemiology, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta; fellowship in allergy and immunology, UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles.
Bio: Dr. Rachelefsky is also president of the Respiratory and Allergic Disease Foundation and has been a principal investigator of multiple clinical trials. He's the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications dealing with allergy, respiratory disorders, and immunology. He is the author of a book (published by McGraw Hill) for parents of children with asthma, Free Your Child from Asthma: A Four-Week Plan to Eliminate Symptoms. He was medical director of the Starlight Children's Foundation's asthma game for children (Quest for the Code) and is a member of its board of directors. He was president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), is currently on the editorial board of The Annals of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology and has been on the editorial boards of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Pediatrics, and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. He was a member and past president of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, past chairperson of the allergy and immunology section of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and is the AAP representative to the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).
He was co-chair of the AAAAI's pediatric asthma initiative Pediatric Asthma: Promoting Best Practices, and was co-chair of the AAAAI Allergic Disorders Task Force initiative Allergic Disorders: Promoting Best Practices, a national initiative involving 22 professional, government, and lay organizations. The former led to the creation of the Pediatric Asthma Guide, and the latter to The Allergy Report. He was the national program director of the AAAAI program Managing Pediatric Asthma: Emergency Department Demonstration Program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.