Pediatric asthma researcher Stanley Szefler, MD, recently joined the Breathing Institute at Children's Hospital Colorado as Director of Pediatric Asthma Research.
Dr. Szefler's major contributions are directed toward the appropriate use of long-term control therapy in asthma, including the recognition of variability in response to asthma therapy. He has identified biomarkers and asthma characteristics that can be used to predict and thus individualize asthma therapy. Before joining Children's Colorado, Dr. Szefler served as the Head of the Division of Pediatric Clinical Pharmacology at National Jewish Health as well as Director of the Pediatric Clinical Trials Center there.
"Dr. Szefler is one of the premier pediatric asthma researchers in the world who has lead the way in understanding best treatments for children and ways to improve asthma care in the community," said Robin Deterding, MD, professor of Pediatrics and director of Children's Colorado's Breathing Institute. "With his leadership in the Breathing Institute at the Children's Colorado, I expect our pediatric asthma research program to become one of the best in the country."
Dr. Szefler is the Principal Investigator for the Denver site of the NHLBI AsthmaNet-Pediatrics Section and Co-Investigator for the NIAID Inner-City Asthma Consortium (ICAC) II. He is also a Co-Director for the NIEHS/EPA Childhood Environmental Health Center Grant at National Jewish Health and the University of Colorado Denver. For the past eight years, he has directed a school-based asthma program for the Denver Public School system funded by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, the Caring for Colorado Foundation, the McCormick Foundation and Glaxo Smith Kline. This program seeks to identify those most significantly affected by asthma and to direct those children to state of the art asthma care. Dr. Szefler is looking forward to expanding his school-centered asthma program as well as establishing stronger communication links between schools and health care providers.
Since 1997, he has been a Deputy Editor for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He has published more than 400 scientific articles and co-edited books on severe asthma, childhood asthma and pediatric allergy and immunology. Dr. Szefler is also a member of the Expert Panel for the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's National Asthma Education and Prevention Program responsible for developing the national asthma guidelines and a member of the Global Initiative for Asthma Science Committee.