Stephanie Leeds, MD, FAAAAI
Research & Publications
The bulk of my clinical and scholarly interests lie in the domain of food allergy.
Extensive Research Description
My earliest introduction to scholarly research arrived through public health coursework as an undergraduate at Tufts University, through which I was connected to researchers studying the health issues faced by migrant populations. This led to two internships at the International Centre for Migration and Health (ICMH) in Geneva, Switzerland. As an intern there, I interfaced with the World Health Organization and other non-governmental organizations to help formulate literature and policy on numerous migrant health issues, including social insertion, access to health services, and training in disaster management. In addition to authoring internal documents, policy positions, and annual report segments for ICMH publications, I co-authored a journal article examining handwashing practices as a routine measure of infection control in a provincial African hospital. This period of public health engagement allowed me to contribute my time and resources to formulate policy addressing the needs of underserved and marginalized communities most vulnerable to physical and psycho-social health threats.
As I advanced in my training, I worked under skilled immunologists during both my residency and fellowship and contributed original work in the field of clinical immunology under their supportive mentorship. As a resident, I collaborated with fellows to publish data on underlying conditions associated with Pneumocystis jirovecii in children over the twenty-year period post-HAART period of 1986-2006. This study delineated the less commonly appreciated clinical scenarios in which Pneumocystis pneumonia should be considered, including primary immunodeficiency. As a fellow, I worked with fellows and attendings to publish the first report on idiopathic T cell lymphopenia as identified through New York State Newborn Screening. I collected and analyzed data from seven referral centers and provided clinicians with a report on the clinical and laboratory findings in these patients as they were followed over time. In both of these publications, I translated clinical experience from large patient cohorts into accessible resources for physicians considering uncommon scenarios related to immune deficiency.
The bulk of my clinical and scholarly interests now lie in the domain of food allergy. Training at the Jaffe Food Allery Institute at Mount Sinai, I gained broad and deep exposure to food allergy in both the clinical and laboratory setting. I acquired and continue to build a strong fund of knowledge around the diagnostic, management, and treatment options available to patients with food allergy. At the same time, I recognize the key role of education—for both families and practitioners—for advancing the field towards improved outcomes. My published work in food allergy is both original and review articles aimed at increasing food allergy literacy on an individual and public scale.
Food Hypersensitivity; Pediatrics
- Defining socioeconomic and racial disparities in food allergy: The time is now.Leeds S, Nowak-Wegrzyn A. Defining socioeconomic and racial disparities in food allergy: The time is now. Annals Of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology : Official Publication Of The American College Of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology 2022, 129: 391-392. PMID: 36155692, DOI: 10.1016/j.anai.2022.07.018.
- Wheat oral immunotherapy.Leeds S, Liu EG, Nowak-Wegrzyn A. Wheat oral immunotherapy. Current Opinion In Allergy And Clinical Immunology 2021, 21: 269-277. PMID: 33840798, DOI: 10.1097/aci.0000000000000743.
- Idiopathic T cell lymphopenia identified in New York State Newborn Screening.Albin-Leeds S, Ochoa J, Mehta H, Vogel BH, Caggana M, Bonagura V, Lehman H, Ballow M, Rubinstein A, Siegel S, Weiner L, Weinberg GA, Cunningham-Rundles C. Idiopathic T cell lymphopenia identified in New York State Newborn Screening. Clinical Immunology (Orlando, Fla.) 2017, 183: 36-40. PMID: 28694137, PMCID: PMC5736366, DOI: 10.1016/j.clim.2017.07.002.
- Oral immunotherapy for food allergy: mechanisms and role in management.Nowak-Węgrzyn A, Albin S. Oral immunotherapy for food allergy: mechanisms and role in management. Clinical And Experimental Allergy : Journal Of The British Society For Allergy And Clinical Immunology 2015, 45: 368-83. PMID: 25077670, DOI: 10.1111/cea.12382.
- Potential treatments for food allergy.Albin S, Nowak-Węgrzyn A. Potential treatments for food allergy. Immunology And Allergy Clinics Of North America 2015, 35: 77-100. PMID: 25459578, DOI: 10.1016/j.iac.2014.09.011.
- Prevalence and characteristics of reported penicillin allergy in an urban outpatient adult population.Albin S, Agarwal S. Prevalence and characteristics of reported penicillin allergy in an urban outpatient adult population. Allergy And Asthma Proceedings : The Official Journal Of Regional And State Allergy Societies 2014, 35: 489-94. PMID: 25584917, PMCID: PMC4210656, DOI: 10.2500/aap.2014.35.3791.
- Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome: insights from review of a large referral population.Albin S, Sicherer S. Food protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome: insights from review of a large referral population. Pediatrics 2014, 134 Suppl 3: S157. PMID: 25363948, DOI: 10.1542/peds.2014-1817PP.
- Creation and validation of web-based food allergy audiovisual educational materials for caregivers.Rosen J, Albin S, Sicherer SH. Creation and validation of web-based food allergy audiovisual educational materials for caregivers. Allergy And Asthma Proceedings : The Official Journal Of Regional And State Allergy Societies 2014, 35: 178-84. PMID: 24717796, DOI: 10.2500/aap.2014.35.3732.
- An update on the use of immunoglobulin for the treatment of immunodeficiency disorders.Albin S, Cunningham-Rundles C. An update on the use of immunoglobulin for the treatment of immunodeficiency disorders. Immunotherapy 2014, 6: 1113-26. PMID: 25428649, PMCID: PMC4324501, DOI: 10.2217/imt.14.67.
- Clinical conditions associated with PCP in children.Saltzman RW, Albin S, Russo P, Sullivan KE. Clinical conditions associated with PCP in children. Pediatric Pulmonology 2012, 47: 510-6. PMID: 22009851, DOI: 10.1002/ppul.21577.
- Picture of the month. Palmoplantar psoriasis.Albin S, Castelo-Soccio L. Picture of the month. Palmoplantar psoriasis. Archives Of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine 2012, 166: 377-9. PMID: 22474064, DOI: 10.1001/archpediatrics.2011.875a.
- Promotion of handwashing as a measure of quality of care and prevention of hospital-acquired infections in Eritrea: the Keren study.Samuel R, Almedom AM, Hagos G, Albin S, Mutungi A. Promotion of handwashing as a measure of quality of care and prevention of hospital-acquired infections in Eritrea: the Keren study. African Health Sciences 2005, 5: 4-13. PMID: 15843125, PMCID: PMC1831903.