Our advisors are experts in chemistry, materials science, technology, pulmonary diseases, immunology and patient care.
Eric Topol, MD
Dr. Eric Topol was voted as the #1 Most Influential Physician Executive in the United States in 2012 in a national poll conducted by Modern Healthcare. Dr. Topol works on genomic and wireless digital innovative technologies to reshape the future of medicine. He is a practicing cardiologist at Scripps in La Jolla, California and widely credited for leading the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care. While there he also started a new medical school, led many worldwide clinical trials to advance care for patients with heart disease, and spearheaded the discovery of multiple genes that increase susceptibility for heart attacks. Since 2006, in La Jolla, he leads the flagship NIH supported Scripps Translational Science Institute and is a co-Founder of the West Wireless Health Institute. He also serves as Professor of Genomics at The Scripps Research Institute and Chief Academic Officer of Scripps Health. Topol pioneered the development of many medications that are routinely used in medical practice including t-PA, Plavix, Angiomax, and ReoPro and was the first physician to raise safety concerns on Vioxx.
He has published 1100 peer-reviewed articles and over 30 medical textbooks. In 2009, along with Francis Collins and Harold Varmus, Topol was selected to be one of the country's 12 "Rock Stars of Science" in GQ Magazine. In 2011, the University of Michigan, where he had served on the faculty, initiated the Eric Topol Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine to recognize his contributions. The University of Rochester, his alma mater medical school, awarded him the Hutchinson Medal, the University's highest honor. He was elected to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences and is one of the top 10 most cited researchers in medicine. His book The Creative Destruction of Medicine (Basic Books) was published in 2012 and has been the #1 bestseller in biotechnology, medical informatics, and medical practice on Amazon. He additionally took on the Editor-in-Chief position at Medscape in 2013.
PC IT Consulting Inc.
Paul Cassell has earned the respect of the nation’s technology community -- from Wall Street to Silicon Valley -- as a trendsetter CIO with a 25-year track record of transforming organizations. He has held leadership positions at some of the world’s most influential firms, from NYSE Euronext and its iconic New York Stock Exchange to Archipelago and IBM.
His firm, PC IT Consulting Inc., allows clients to benefit from Cassell’s stature as one of the nation’s leading experts in how to transform organizations by balancing cost and innovation, changing corporate culture and leveraging automation.
In his most recent role as U.S. Chief Information Officer for NYSE Euronext, Cassell oversaw a $300 million budget for an S&P 500 company with more than $3.5 billion in annual revenues and a workforce in excess of 1,500 that spans three continents and 10 countries. NYSE Euronext’s equities markets -- the New York Stock Exchange, NYSE Euronext, NYSE MKT, NYSE Alternext and NYSE Arca -- represent one-third of the world’s equities trading. While most people think of NYSE Euronext as a financial institution, at heart it is really a complex technology company, whose ability to process three billion transactions a day keeps global markets moving. Behind the scenes, Cassell kept this massive apparatus humming and transformed the way the company operated.
In previous roles, Cassell served as a managing director at Archipelago, managing director at Instinet, senior business analyst at Optimark Technologies, program trader/systems analyst for the Floor Broker Network and as an equities trader for IBM Retirement Funds. Among his career highlights, Cassell helped take Archipelago public, became the lead equity trader for a $30 billion-dollar pension fund by age 30, and created an R&D group that reduced KTLO (“keep the lights on”) costs by $30 million in one year. Cassell is also a demonstrated expert in technology mergers, having been tapped to lead the technology aspects of five high-stakes mergers and acquisitions.
Kenneth P. Moritsugu, MD, MPH, FACPM
Rear Admiral, USPHS (Retired)
Dr. Kenneth Moritsugu is the former Vice President for Global Professional Education and Strategic Relations for Johnson & Johnson's Diabetes Solutions Companies, and former WorldWide Chairman of the Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institutes (JJDI), a global initiative to provide awareness and training in state-of-the-art science, information, and technology relevant to diabetes prevention, awareness, diagnosis, and treatment. Since its inception nearly seven years ago and through his tenure, the JJDI has provided training and education to over 10,000 health care professionals world-wide, through residential programs, remote offerings, and on-line activities, to help improve the care and the health of people with diabetes. He retired from Johnson & Johnson in 2013.
Rear Admiral Moritsugu was the Acting Surgeon General of the United States, in 2002 and again from July 2006 until his retirement from the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service (USPHS) in September 2007. As Acting Surgeon General, he served as the nation's top doctor, communicating the best available science and information to the American people to help protect, promote, and advance their health and safety. He was the operational commander of the 6,500 Commissioned Corps health professionals. A career officer in the USPHS for 37 years, he served as the Deputy Surgeon General of the United States from 1998. In these roles, he was responsible for the development and issuance of twenty major documents from the Office of the Surgeon General of the United States.
Dr. Moritsugu was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. After attending Chaminade College for two years, he received his Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in Classical Languages from the University of Hawaii in 1967, a Medical Doctor degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine in 1971, and a Master of Public Health in Health Administration and Planning from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1975.
Dr. Moritsugu is Board Certified in Preventive Medicine; holds Fellowships in the American College of Preventive Medicine, the Royal Society of Public Health, the Royal Society of Medicine, and the National Academy of Public Administration; and is a Certified Correctional Health Professional. He is an Adjunct Professor of Global Health at the George Washington University School of Public Health, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Preventive Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.
The recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from national and international organizations, Dr. Moritsugu has been granted twelve honorary degrees, and holds the Distinguished Service Medals from the US Public Health Service, the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. He serves on the Boards of ten non-profit organizations and two academic institutions.
Dr. Moritsugu is a physician-administrator with extensive experience and a proven track record of successful leadership, policy development, program implementation, evaluation, and administration, in a variety of health care settings. These include health professional development, health care delivery to large underserved populations, emergency response, health policy, correctional health, nation-wide health care delivery systems, managed care, the uniformed services of the United States, mental health, prevention, obesity and overweight, diabetes, bioterrorism, pandemic influenza, health literacy, underage drinking, and road safety.
Prabir K. Dutta, PhD
The Ohio State University
Prabir K. Dutta received his graduate training in Chemistry from Princeton University. After four years of industrial research at Exxon Research and Engineering Company, he joined The Ohio State University in the Department of Chemistry, where he is now a Distinguished University Professor. His research interests are in the area of microporous materials, including their synthesis, structural analysis, hosts for chemical and photochemical reactions and their toxicity, as well as ceramic sensors for detecting gases with high precision and sensitivity via novel chemical/catalytic reactions and their applications in health-related fields. He is the principal author of 228 refereed papers and 12 issued patents, several of which are licensed. His most recent edited books are Handbook of Zeolite Science and Technology and Handbook of Layered Materials published by Marcel Dekker. Dutta's administrative service has included Chairman of the Department of Chemistry, and Associate Director of the Center for Industrial Sensors and Measurements. In the area of pedagogic development, Dutta recently completed a NSF-supported Ohio-wide effort to alter the curriculum of undergraduates taking chemistry courses with the goal of increasing the number of Science and Engineering graduates in the state of Ohio.
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Michael Marcus, MD
NYU School of Medicine
Dr. Marcus completed medical school at SUNY at Stony Brook in 1980 after completing his under-graduate work at CCNY. On completion of medical school he completed Pediatric Residency, including 1 year as Chief Resident at Nassau County Medical Center. He then proceeded to complete his fellowships in Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Pulmonology at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in 1985.
On completion of training, Dr. Marcus was recruited to build the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and develop a Pediatric Pulmonary/Allergy division at Staten Island University Hospital. Having successfully completed this task, Dr. Marcus was recruited to join Maimonides Medical Center in 1991, as Director of the Division of Pediatric Pulmonology/Allergy and Director of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit to achieve the same goal. During his tenure at Maimonides Medical Center, Dr. Marcus has successfully managed the development of the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit including both clinical and managerial responsibilities. He has also built a vibrant Division of Pediatric Pulmonology & Allergy which now boasts 3 full time Pediatric Pulmonologists and 1 full time Allergist/Immunologist and 2 full time Nurse Practitioners. This Division is among the largest pulmonary/allergy divisions in the State of New York seeing more then 400 patients per week in 4 clinical sites and 3 hospitals. Dr. Marcus is a Fellow of the American Thoracic Society, American Academy Asthma Allergy & Immunology and is Treasurer and founding member of the Brooklyn Allergy Society. Dr. Marcus' special interests include; asthma, influenza, RSV, G.E. reflux and allergic diseases and he is widely sought, on a nationwide basis to lecture on these topics. He has been selected as one of the Best Doctors in New York on numerous occasions by the New York Times, New York Magazine and the Castle Connelly Guide. Dr. Marcus is currently spearheading the development of a Pediatric Intermediate/Chronic care facility in Brooklyn, to provide service to technology dependant children preparing to go home or requiring nursing home level of care.
Dr. Marcus is also the Vice Chairman of the Pediatric Ambulatory Care Network at the Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital. In that role, Dr. Marcus has supervised the growth and re-structuring of the Division of General Pediatrics both in the areas of service delivery and Quality and Performance Improvement. He has been instrumental in the certification process of achieving both Medical Home and Health Home status at the Children's Hospital Ambulatory Centers. In addition, he is the Assistant Vice President for Marketing and Special Projects for Maimonides Infants and Children's Hospital. In this role he helps coordinate marketing and public relations efforts for the Children's Hospital.
Dr. Marcus presently holds the academic appointment of Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at NYU School of Medicine.
Bradley Chipps, MD
Capital Allergy and Respiratory Disease Center
Dr. Bradley Chipps received his Medical Degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston in 1972 where he was a Pediatric Resident for two years before serving in the Air Force at Ellsworth AFB in South Dakota for two years as a General Pediatrician. Dr. Chipps then completed a combined Allergy and Pulmonary Fellowship at Johns Hopkins and spent one year on the faculty in the Pediatric Respiratory Sciences Division.
Dr. Chipps has been in private practice in Sacramento since 1979 and is the Medical Director of Respiratory Therapy and the Cystic Fibrosis Center at Sutter Medical Center in Sacramento, California. Dr. Chipps is also the Associate Medical Director of the Sutter Community Hospitals Sleep Laboratory which he established in 1984. Dr. Chipps is Board Certified in Pediatric Pulmonology and Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a member of American Academy of Pediatrics, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American Thoracic Society and American College of Chest Physicians. Dr. Chipps has served on the Allergy Immunology Executive Committee for the American Academy of Pediatrics and Board of Regents of the ACAAI and the program committee for the annual meeting for the American Thoracic Society, AAAAI, and ACAAI.
Maeve O'Conner, MD
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Relief of Charlotte, NC
Maeve E. O'Connor, MD, a native of Elyria, Ohio, spent most of her childhood and formative years in Columbia, South Carolina. Dr. O'Connor attended the University of South Carolina, South Carolina Honors College in Columbia, South Carolina, where she received both a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish. Dr. O'Connor graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, South Carolina. She completed her internship and residency at the University of Texas and Affiliated Hospitals in Houston, Texas. She earned the honor of serving as Chief Medical Resident for one year in Texas prior to moving to Denver, Colorado, where she completed her Allergy & Immunology Fellowship training at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado. National Jewish has been voted the Number One Respiratory Hospital in the United States for the last fourteen years.
Allergy Asthma & Immunology Relief, PA (AAIR) was founded by Dr. O'Connor in 2013 after working as a partner in a larger clinic for 9 years. With the philosophy of "Integrative, Innovative and Individualized" patient care, AAIR has expanded to include 3 locations and 5 providers in the 18 months since its inception. Dr. O'Connor will graduate from the University of Arizona Fellowship in Integrative Medicine in January 2105.
Dr. O'Connor is a Fellow of the American College of Asthma Allergy and Immunology, where she currently serves on the Board of Regents, and as Secretary of the House of Delegates. She is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma Allergy and Immunology. Dr. O'Connor served as President of the Southeastern Allergy Society (2011-12), and President of the Mecklenburg County Medical Society (2011-12) where she continues to serve on several committees. She is also a member of the Clinical Immunology Society, Food Allergy Research & Education, Asthma and Allergy Network, American Latex Allergy Association, Primary Immunodeficiency Foundation, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, World Allergy Organization, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, American Medical Association, and the North Carolina Medical Society. She has published research articles on desensitization immunotherapy, asthma, and food allergy. She is currently involved in clinical research of asthma, allergic rhinitis, immune deficiency and novel treatment for atopic diseases.
Dr. O'Connor is an adjunct professor at the UNC-Charlotte School of Public Health and is a preceptor for Pediatric, Family Medicine and Internal Medicine residents at Carolinas Healthcare Systems. She is one of the medical advisors for Parents of Allergic Kids, a support and resource group started by parents of food allergic children. She participates yearly in the Food Allergy Walk; she was the official Medical Chair for the 2011 walk. For 2014, Dr. O'Connor is proud that her medical practice, AAIR, is the Platinum sponsor of the food allergy walk in Charlotte. AAIR will also sponsor and participate in a public food allergy educational symposium following the walk. Dr. O'Connor performs volunteer Annual Asthma Screening events to help identify those patients in the community who may have untreated asthma. She also participates in Physicians Reach Out, a nonprofit outreach program that provides free primary and specialty medical visits to eligible uninsured residents in Mecklenburg County. Dr. O'Connor lectures extensively on all subjects involving allergy/immunology locally, nationally and internationally.
Dr. O'Connor is Board Certified by both the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. She has been selected by her peers to be included in the Best Doctors of America, 2011-2014 database. Dr. O'Connor has been one of Charlotte Magazine's "Top Doctors" for both Adult Allergy/Immunology and Pediatric Allergy/Immunology for the years 2007-2014. Additionally, Dr. O'Connor is listed in North Carolina's Best Doctors.
Stuart W. Stoloff, MD, FAAAI, FAAFP
University of Nevada School of Medicine
Stuart W. Stoloff, M. D. is a graduate of the University of Arizona and completed his medical training at Temple University School of Medicine. Both his surgical internship and family practice residency were done at the University of Utah Medical Center.
Dr. Stoloff is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Nevada School of Medicine. He maintains a practice specializing in family medicine in Carson City, Nevada since 1978. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Family Physicians.
He is a member of the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Science Base Committee for monitoring world asthma research literature, and a member of the Expert Medical Panel II & III of the National Heart, Lung & Blood Institute for "Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma." He is a member of the Asthma Outcomes Workshop sponsored by the NHLBI, AHRQ and other organizations. He served as a member of both the Working Group on Pregnancy and Asthma of the NAEPP and on the Expert Medical Panel for "Pediatric Asthma" Promoting Best Practice Guide for Managing Asthma in Children. He is Vice Chair of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Practical Guide Dissemination Initiative of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, and a member of the Task Force on Allergic Disorders of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He has served as a member of the executive committee of the US COPD Coalition and presently serves on the data safety and monitoring board of the NHLBI's funded study on the long term use of oxygen in patients with COPD.
Dr. Stoloff has published extensively. He is a reviewer for: The Journal of Pediatrics, European Respiratory Journal, Chest, Respirology, Journal of Asthma, Journal of the American Medical Association, American Family Physician, Journal of Family Practice, Mayo Clinic Proceedings, American Journal of Managed Care, Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, Pediatric Pulmonary, and JACI: In Practice.
He was the recipient of the Special Service Award 2000 of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and named Nevada Family Physician of the year in 1997.
Randall W. Brown, MD MPH AE-C
University of Michigan
Dr. Randall Brown is director of asthma programs at the Center for Managing Chronic Disease at the University of Michigan, and for 10 years has maintained a professorship in Health Behavior and Health Education at the University's School of Public Health.
Dr. Brown received B.A. and M.D. degrees from the University of Michigan, and received his Master of Public Health degree from Harvard. He conducted his Pediatrics internship and residency training at Boston University, and completed a clinical postgraduate fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at The Children's Hospital of Boston and Harvard Medical School. Dr. Brown also completed a Respiratory Epidemiology research fellowship at Harvard's Channing Laboratory. He is board certified in both Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology.
Dr. Brown is currently principal investigator for three large national asthma research grants which explore the translation of effective asthma educational models at all levels of clinical practice and how they affect individuals and families most at risk. He has published in numerous journals and has received many clinical and teaching honors and recognitions, including the inaugural 2007 AAOA Friendship Award for novel asthma education. He has previously served as director of clinical research for the largest pediatric pulmonology practice in the United States. In 2011 through 2013 alone, Dr. Brown presented asthma and COPD scientific material and lectures at the AAAAI, ATS, NMA, AAOA, ACCP, and ACAAI national meetings. Notably, his first-authored work in the August 2012 issue of JACI represents the largest and longest study of asthma therapeutics among African Americans ever conducted. Dr. Brown is also a member of the first international Respiratory Effectiveness Group--a panel devoted to incorporating rigorous understanding of adherence and other real-world measures into the science of evidence-based decision models for asthma and COPD.
Recently, the asthma education program for medical professionals, PACE, for which Dr. Brown is co-author and medical director, has been accepted by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute as the model for physician asthma education efforts--PACE is now highlighted on the NIH's asthma website. Dr. Brown is the only pulmonologist in Michigan who is a certified asthma educator (AE-C); and, he shall serve from 2013 to 2015 on the board of directors for the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.
James Wolfe, MD
Allergy and Asthma Associates of Northern California
Dr. James D. Wolfe graduated from the UCSF School of Medicine and completed his residency and pulmonary fellowship at UCLA and his Allergy/Immunology fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. He is Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University and served as Chairman of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center for 27 years. Dr. Wolfe has published extensively, including in the New England Journal of Medicine, JAMA and Chest, regarding his research on new medications for the treatment of asthma and allergic diseases. Dr. Wolfe has been selected to "Best Doctors in America" from 1996-2013. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and AOA Honor Society, and is board certified in pulmonary disease, and by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.