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Leadership

  • Marie Egan

    Interim Section Chief

    Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory) and of Cellular And Molecular Physiology; Director, Cystic Fibrosis Center; Vice Chair for Research, Department of Pediatrics

    Research Interests
    • Bacterial Infections
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Epithelial Cells
    • Genetic Code
    • Immunity, Innate
    • Inflammation
    • Lung
    • Macrophages
    • Microbiology
    • Pediatrics
    • Physiology
    • Pseudomonas aeruginosa
    • Clinical Trial
    • Macrophages, Alveolar
    • Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator
    • Peptide Nucleic Acids
    • Nanoparticles
    • Adaptive Immunity
    • Translational Medical Research
    • Airway Management
    • Gene Editing

Members

  • Alia Bazzy-Asaad

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory); Director, Pediatric Asthma Care Team (PACT) and Pediatric Asthma Program

    Research Interests
    • Asthma
    • England
    • Pediatrics
    • Respiration Disorders
    • Respiratory Muscles

    Alia Bazzy-Asaad graduated from the American University of Beirut where she also completed her residency in pediatrics. She completed a pediatric pulmonology fellowship at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Babies Hospital in 1984 and joined the Yale faculty in 1988.

  • Emanuela Bruscia

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Respiratory)

    Research Interests
    • Cystic Fibrosis
    • Lung
    • Macrophages
    • Pediatrics
    • Respiration Disorders
    • Cystic Fibrosis Transmembrane Conductance Regulator

    Dr. Bruscia received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics from the University of Tor Vergata in Rome (Italy) in 2002. Since she was
    an undergraduate, her research has been dedicated to Cystic Fibrosis. During her
    undergraduate studies, she began working in the exciting field of gene therapy.
    She spent two years in the laboratory of Dr. Dieter Gruenert at the University of Vermont
    (Burlington, VT), where she
    worked on non-viral gene therapy strategies. She started her
    postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Diane Krause at the Yale
    University School of Medicine in 2002. Here, she explored the use of bone
    marrow-derived cells as a vehicle for gene therapy in the airway and intestinal
    epithelia in murine models for CF. In 2005, Dr. Bruscia was appointed as an Associate
    Research Scientist in the Department of Pediatrics at the Yale University
    School of Medicine and in 2010 promoted
    as an Assistant Professor in the same department. In 2016, she was promoted to Associate Professor. 

    In the past ten years, her research interest has focused on the role of CFTR in the immune system, particularly in macrophages. The current focus of her lab is to explore emerging therapeutic strategies able to target several aspects of CF lung disease, while still proceeding with studies focused on understanding how the lack of CFTR is impairing macrophage function.

  • Craig Canapari

    Associate Professor Term; Director, Sleep Medicine Program

    Dr. Canapari was born in Hartford and grew up in Glastonbury, Connecticut. He attended Yale University for his undergraduate education and received his medical degree from University of Connecticut School of Medicine. He was at Massachusetts General Hospital for both residency (Pediatrics) and fellowship (Pediatric Pulmonology). Dr. Canapari is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Sleep Medicine. His interests include general pulmonary issues, pediatric sleep problems, and the respiratory issues of children with neuromuscular disease, as well as the use of emerging technology to disseminate useful information about sleep disorders to families.

  • Stephanie Leeds

    Assistant Professor

    Research Interests
    • Food Hypersensitivity
    • Pediatrics

    Dr. Stephanie Leeds is an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, with a specific interest and expertise in food allergy.  Dr. Leeds graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University with a degree in literature, and she studied medicine at the University of Chicago.  She completed her pediatrics residency at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and she completed her allergy and immunology fellowship at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Dr. Leeds has published research on food allergy, drug allergy, and immunodeficiency disorders, but she is most interested in the natural history, clinical manifestations, novel treatments, and educational challenges of food allergy. 


  • Sherin Panacherry

    Assistant Professor

    Sherin Panacherry completed her undergraduate and medical education at Drexel University through a combined BS/MD program, and completed an MPH within medical school as well. She graduated from Drexel School of Medicine in 2013, then went on to join a pediatric medicine residency at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, NY. This was followed by pediatric pulmonology fellowship at the same hospital.

    Sherin's academic and clinical interests lay firmly within the field of pediatric pulmonology, and include, but are not limited to, the following: asthma, chronic cough, recurrent pneumonias, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, shortness of breath, apnea (central and sleep), noisy breathing, and technology-dependent children. 

  • Gary Soffer

    Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics; Director, Integrative Medicine Progam

    Gary Soffer, MD specializes in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Integrative Medicine. He completed a degree in Human Development at Cornell University and received his medical degree at Tel Aviv University in Israel. Dr. Soffer board certified in pediatrics, and adult and pediatric allergy and immunology. He has attended the University of Arizona/Andrew Weil Center for Integrative Medicine and received certifications in Mindfulness Meditation. He has interests in food allergies, mind-body medicine, eczema, asthma, and environmental allergies. He currently sees patients for pediatric allergy/immunology in Norwalk and Greenwich and integrative oncology at the Smilow Cancer Center. 

    He has had the privilege of practicing medicine from the Bronx to the Himalayas. In his free time he  loves spending time with his wife and two rambunctious little boys. 

  • Tina Tolomeo

    Director, Patient Access; Nurse Practitioner

    Concettina (Tina) Tolomeo, is the Senior Director for Patient Access at Yale Medicine and a Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Pediatrics. She completed her undergraduate nursing degree (BSN) from Southern Connecticut State University where she also completed her graduate studies (MSN in Nursing Administration, Post-Masters Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner, and MBA). Tina earned a Doctoral degree (DNP) with a concentration in Clinical Leadership from Case Western Reserve University. She holds certifications as an Asthma Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. Tina joined the Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine at Yale in 1995. Tina’s academic and clinical interests include but are not limited to asthma, bronchopulmonary dysplasia, cough, inhalation therapy/devices, general pediatric pulmonary medicine, patient access, and patient self-management. Tina served on the board of the Association of Asthma Educators (AAE) for seven years and received the AAE Outstanding Service Award and AAE Asthma Educator Award. Additionally, she has lectured and published on a variety of topics related to pediatric pulmonary medicine.

  • Pnina Weiss

    Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine); Medical Director, Pediatric Pulmonary Function Laboratory; Associate Director, Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship; Vice Chair of Education, Department of Pediatrics

    Research Interests
    • Child
    • Curriculum
    • Education
    • Education, Medical, Graduate
    • Education, Professional
    • Educational Measurement
    • Respiratory Physiological Phenomena
    • Teaching

    Dr Weiss practices both pulmonary and sleep medicine. She is medical director of the pediatric pulmonary function laboratory and oversees the pulmonary exercise testing program. She has published and lectured on exercise-induced asthma and sleep disorders in children. She has a strong interest in sleep in medical trainees.

    Dr Weiss is also very involved in medical education and research. She is Vice Chair for Education in the department of Pediatrics. She is past president/chair of the Pediatric Pulmonary Training Directors Association and the Fellowship Directors Executive Committee of the Association of Pediatric Program Directors. She is editor of the American Academy of Pediatrics PREP Pulmonology. She is on the steering committee of the Subspecialty Pediatrics Investigators Network. She is involved in a number of national studies in fellowship education, including assessment using entrustable professional activities (EPAs) and financial resources.