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  Stephen Teach, MD, MPH, named chief of new division of Allergy and Immunology
October 7, 2010

Washington, DCStephen Teach, MD, MPH, has accepted the role of chief of the new division of Allergy and Immunology at Children’s National Medical Center that makes specialty care for children with allergies and immunologic disorders more accessible to the region's patients. Hemant Sharma, MD, MHS, will serve as the new division's associate chief and will lead the Food Allergy program.

The new division of Allergy and Immunology is unique in that many pediatric healthcare institutions across the country do not offer this of kind focused specialization. This new division will streamline Children’s process around seeing complex cases and providing integrated care.

Dr. Teach is a noted specialist in asthma research, leading the IMPACT DC asthma program, which helps patients with poorly controlled asthma manage their symptoms. His research focuses on better understanding the many triggers of asthma, especially those that cause inner-city children to be so sensitive to their environments. His role with the new division will primarily include strategic planning and faculty development, while continuing his clinical work within the division of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Sharma will serve as associate chief, with a focus on food allergy. He is a noted expert in the field, and is leading an effort to expand comprehensive allergy care throughout the region with a presence at the Children's National Outpatient Centers in Fairfax, Va. and Rockville, Md., as well as the Children's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine. The Food Allergy program offers specialized patient care and education, with capabilities in sophisticated testing and treatment of complex cases.

"We are pleased to add this division of focused specialty care to patients and families in the region," said Max Coppes, MD, PhD, MBA, a senior vice president at Children's National Medical Center. "The research is not entirely conclusive about why there seems to be an increase in the prevalence of allergies and asthma in children, but with Drs. Teach and Sharma at the helm, parents in the region will have even more access to quality, specialty care. Additionally, their research here at Children's National will advance the field and certainly will translate directly to patient care."

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