Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai New York, NY

Dr. Hugh Sampson has been involved in translational research for over 30 years, focusing primarily on food allergic disorders and basic immunologic mechanisms responsible for these disorders. His research has been funded continuously by a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, including being the Principal Investigator for the Consortium for Food Allergy Research. 

He has published over 425 articles, 85 book chapters and co-edited 7 books, primarily on clinical and immunopathogenic aspects of food allergic disorders, and chaired working groups that produced standardized criteria for diagnosing anaphylaxis, the Practall guidelines for conducting double-blind placebo-controlled oral food challenges, and the most recent Joint Council Practice Parameters on Food Allergy. Some of Dr. Sampson’s accomplishments in research include being the first to describe food allergy as a trigger for eosinophilic esophagitis, to use foods under an IND in oral immunotherapy trials, to describe the ability of most milk-allergic children to tolerate heat-denatured (baked) milk products, and among the first to clearly delineate the relationship of atopic dermatitis and food allergy.

He also co-developed novel approaches to therapy including Traditional Chinese medicine and mutated proteins with adjuvant. His laboratory also identified factors to improve food allergy diagnostics, such as the correlation between quantitative IgE levels and probability of allergic reactivity, and analysis of allergenic component proteins and epitopes. Dr. Sampson was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2003 for his research accomplishments and in 2014, Thompson Reuters recognized Dr. Sampson as among the “World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014”, a distinction indicating the top 1% of researchers with the most cited documents in their specific field.

                  Dr. Sampson is past chair of the Section on Allergy & Immunology of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the past-president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and his presidential initiative during his tenure led to the NIAID Guidelines on the Diagnosis and Management of Food Allergy. He has served on the Editorial Board of 5 allergy journals, including 20 years on the JACI Editorial Board, as the Chair of the Medical Advisory Board for FAAN/FARE for 25 years, and as a Director on the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Sampson has been a Training Program director for over 15 years, and mentored more than 30 trainees, many of whom are leaders in the field. 

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