Dr. Elina Jerschow is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Allergy and Immunology) and an attending physician for pediatric and adult allergy and immunology at Einstein/Montefiore. Her research focuses on the pathogenesis of drug allergies and hypersensitivities, with a particular emphasis on the improvement of the diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in drug-related allergic conditions.
After completing a research fellowship in dermatologic immunology at the University of California San Francisco and a residency in internal medicine at Jacobi Medical Center, Dr. Jerschow completed an allergy and immunology fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in 2007. During her fellowship training, she was involved in a research project on examining possible factors contributing to increasing incidence of allergic diseases. She also initiated a project on exploration of the role of innate immunity in obesity and aging by evaluating adipose tissue macrophages using flow cytometry. This project was a part of the collaborative effort between the Division of Allergy and Immunology and the Einstein Institute for Aging Research.
After completing her fellowship, Dr. Jerschow joined Merck & Co., Inc. as an associate director in the Department of Clinical Immunology. During the work at Merck, her main research focused on the evaluation of adverse drug reactions in study participants and on developing new therapeutic targets in the area of immunology.
Dr. Jerschow returned to the Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine in 2009 as Director of the newly established Drug Allergy/Desensitization Center. Along with providing continuous care to patients with allergies, asthma, and immune deficiencies, one of her major objectives is to develop an active research program on the pathogenesis of drug allergies and hypersensitivities, with a particular emphasis on improving diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in drug-related allergic conditions.
Research by Elina Jerschow, M.D. found that the most common cause of fatal allergic reactions in the United States are medicines.
Drugs Cause Most Fatal Allergic Reactions, Study Finds (NY Times)
When Medications Lead to Life-Threatening Reactions (U.S. News & World Report)
Dying from allergies: fatal anaphylaxis in the United States (American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology)
Medicines Are Biggest Culprit in Fatal Allergic Reactions: Study (Healthday)
Drug Reactions Largest Factor in Fatal Anaphylaxis (Medscape)
Research by Elina Jerschow, M.D. linked pesticides in tap water to risk for food allergies. Dr. Jerschow noted that high levels of dichlorophenold, a chemical used in pesticides and to chlorinate drinking water, may weaken food tolerance in some people, causing food allergy.
Pesticides in tap water linked to food allergy risk (CBS News)
Pesticides in Tap Water, Produce Linked to Food Allergies (CNN)
Study Links Food Allergies to Pesticides in Tap Water (TIME)
Are Pesticides and Food Allergies Linked? (Discovery News)
Water purifier chemical 'increases food allergy risk' (Telegraph)
Pesticide Suspected in Rising Food-Allergy Cases (Voice of America)
Pesticides in Tap Water Linked to Food Allergies (ABC News)
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