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ROBERT A. WOOD, M.D., NAMED DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AT JOHNS HOPKINS

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April 25, 2005

ROBERT A. WOOD, M.D., NAMED DIRECTOR OF PEDIATRIC ALLERGY AND IMMUNOLOGY AT JOHNS HOPKINS

Robert A. Wood, M.D., pediatric allergist and professor of pediatrics at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, has been named director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

A world-renowned expert in the treatment of peanut allergy, Wood assumes leadership of a busy clinical and research division whose faculty and staff care for children with asthma, allergies and primary immunodeficiency diseases. As director, Wood says his priorities include expanding the division’s food allergy program, increasing basic laboratory research and continuing the division’s successful fellowship training program.

“With his strong background in clinical research in childhood asthma and food allergy – two major child health issues – Dr. Wood will be an excellent leader for the Children’s Center,” says George J. Dover, M.D., director of the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

In addition, division researchers will continue to collaborate in an ongoing, multicenter National Institutes of Health (NIH) inner-city asthma consortium. Wood is a lead investigator on a study examining the effects of inner-city allergens, such as cockroach dander and pollution, on children from birth to age 3 years.

Wood succeeds former director Jerry Winkelstein, M.D., who retired after more than 30 years with the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center.

A part-time faculty member in the division since 1988, Wood graduated with honors from the State University of New York at Buffalo and received his medical degree from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Wood completed his pediatrics internship, residency and fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. He has been director of the Pediatric Allergy Clinics and director of the Pediatric Allergy Consultation Service at The Johns Hopkins Hospital since 1988.

Wood has authored or co-authored more than 50 academic papers. He is a deputy editor of Pediatric Asthma and Allergy and Immunology, associate editor of Annals of Allergy and Asthma and Immunology, and editor of Pediatric Allergy. In addition, he is a peer reviewer for 14 academic journals. Wood is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, and the American College of Allergy and Immunology.

Johns Hopkins Children’s Center’s Allergy and Immunology physicians diagnose and treat asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, drug allergy, urticaria and stinging-insect allergy. Division faculty also treat primary immunodeficiency diseases such as agammaglobulinemia, severe combined immunodeficiency and chronic granulomatous disease.

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