Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology

Our Division of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is staffed by members who are each a leader in their field, excelling at providing expert diagnosis and treatment for patients with allergic and immunologic conditions. All of our specialists are certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, with all having additional subspecialty training in pediatrics or internal medicine. We work with patients of all ages to directly address allergies and improve comfort in every way possible, using extensive testing options, lifestyle modifications, medications, challenges, and more. Our physicians also lead Scripps’ internationally recognized center for Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease and Drug Hypersensitivity. From significant drug or food allergies to seasonal allergies, we take highly individualized approaches to patient care that leverage the latest scientific advances and therapeutics to improve their daily quality of life. We have a speciality focus in food allergy both at the clinical level (diagnosis, management and potential therapeutic trials) as well at the scientific level collaborating with researchers at the Scripps Research Institute and the La Jolla Institute of Immunology.

Areas of particular interest or expertise are noted below

Katharine M Woessner MD, FAAAAI (Division Head)

  • Hereditary Angioedema
  • Chronic Sinusitis/ Nasal polyposis
  • Chronic urticaria
  • Mastocytosis
  • Chronic Cough
  • Severe Asthma
  • Drug Allergy
  • Common Variable Immune Deficiency

Andrew White MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

  • Director, Aspirin Exacerbated Respiratory Disease Clinic
  • Mast Cell Disorders
  • Severe Asthma
  • Chronic Sinusitis/Nasal Polyps
  • Food Allergy
  • Chronic Cough
  • Common Variable Immune Deficiency

Kevin Cook MD,FAAAAI

  • Contact Dermatitis
  • Chronic cough
  • Food Allergy
  • Asthma

John Kelso MD, FAAAI, FACAAI, FAAP

  • Pediatric allergy and asthma

Ronald Simon MD,FAAAAI

  • Mold related health issues
  • Silent Reflux and its complications
  • Food Allergy

Jennifer Namazy MD,FAAAAI

  • Women’s Health: asthma and allergic disorders in pregnancy
  • Food Allergy

Featured Services

  • Flexible Rhinolaryngoscopy

  • Supraesophageal pH probe

  • Drug Desensitization/Drug Challenge

  • Food Allergy testing and Challenge

  • Allergen Immunotherapy

  • Extended Series Patch Testing

  • Skin Biopsy

  • Spirometry and Fractional Exhaled Nitric Oxide for airway diseases

  • Comprehensive approach to chronic cough

Recognitions & Awards

  • SCMG Research grant recipients 2019 (and 2016) for 2016( Cook/ Simon and Namazy)

  • Scripps Clinic Chairman’s Award for Research (White)

  • Past president of the Western Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Drs. Jennifer Namazy and Katharine Woessner

  • Board Member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology: Dr. John Kelso

  • Committee members for AAAAI: Drs. Kelso, Namazy, White

  • Ongoing clinical trial for Peanut Allergy: intralymphatic peanut immunotherapy as a long-term treatment for peanut allergy (Drs Namazy and Simon)

  • World experts on aspirin and nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs (ASA/NSAID) reactions and management (Dr. Andrew White, Dr. Ronald Simon and Dr. Katharine Woessner)

Our Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Division supports an ACGME-accredited fellowship in Allergy and Immunology. Our two-year training program is tailored to develop excellent clinician-scientists through a combination of translational research opportunities and comprehensive clinical training. Our staff also serve as instructors for internal medicine and pediatric residents.

For more information or to apply, please visit the Graduate Medical Education page.

All of our Division staff are engaged in ongoing research and have authored publications in peer-reviewed journals covering a broad range of allergy topics including: vaccine allergy, pregnancy during asthma, aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease, food allergy, drug allergy, allergic contact dermatitis and chronic sinusitis.

  • The Division is actively researching treating peanut allergy with intralymphatic peanut immunotherapy to resolve peanut allergy and optimizing management of AERD/ aspirin exacerbated respiratory disease.
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