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Allergy fellows and program leaders for 2020-2021

Current Fellows

Pediatric Allergy fellow Christina Huddleston

Christina M. Huddleston, MD

PGY 5

Undergraduate School: Austin College

Medical School: Texas Tech University School of Medicine

Residency: Indiana University (Pediatrics)

Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? AI is one of the few areas where you are able to work with broad range of diseases such as allergic rhinitis, asthma, atopic dermatitis, and immune mediated food hypersensitivities. I was also fascinated with functions of the immune system and feel that immunology is an area that is rapidly advancing. AI gives you the unique opportunity to see both adult and pediatric patients, which I love!

What do you like about the IUSM program? Since I did my residency here, I had a unique opportunity to see how the department interacted with each other, residents, and other colleagues. I absolutely loved the people and the atmosphere in the Department and feel that everyone truly wants you to learn and succeed. The department is within a large academic center that is the primary center for the state.  We see patients from all across the state with a diverse patient population.

Research/QI interests? My academic interests include shared decision making in the high risk asthma population and anaphylaxis and emergency management of asthma in schools. I am currently working on a project to implement tools for Shared Decision Making to improve communication and medication adherence in our high risk asthma clinic. I have also worked with the Indiana Department of Education to create a nursing curriculum for asthma.

Future plans? Private Practice

Hobbies/ Interests? My husband and I love to exercise, create fusion recipes, and visit national parks. We also have an adorable golden puppy named Roscoe who we love to visit the park with.

What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? Indianapolis living is a hybrid between a big city and a small town. The cost of living is fantastic and each neighborhood surrounding Indianapolis has its unique charm. I was also surprised with the food scene in Indy-- I think its under recognized! 

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Pediatric Allergy fellow Garen Wolff

Garen S. Wolff, MD

PGY 4

Undergraduate School: Wellesley College

Medical School: Indiana University School of Medicine

Residency: Summa Health System/Northeast Ohio Medical University (Internal Medicine)

Why did you pursue an Allergy/ Immunology fellowship? Asthma was my introduction to the field. The Chrysalis program showed me that A/I was broader in scope, with the opportunity to explore atopic dermatitis, eosinophilic esophagitis and learn both the pathology and treatment of different diseases of the immune system. The workshops and seminars at The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) and American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) conferences were inspiring.

What do you like about the IUSM program? The program is very hands-on, from writing the initial consult to performing skin testing and/or oral food challenges. This allows for a great collaborative learning environment between faculty, fellows, residents, med students, nurses and ancillary staff. Also, I enjoy the multidisciplinary clinics, such as the asthma high risk clinic with pulmonology; eosinophilic esophagitis clinic with gastrointestinal department and the Nalepa Lectures, with the hematology/oncology and infectious disease departments. It is a very well-rounded learning environment

Research/QI interests? My academic interests are high risk asthma with emphasis on the social determinants of health that contribute to it; and the intersection of food allergies, underserved populations and food deserts.

Future plans? Hybrid academic and private practice

Hobbies/ Interests? I enjoy visiting art museums and writing middle grade fiction books!

What do you enjoy in Indianapolis? The Canal Walk is a 3-mile loop in downtown Indianapolis that I enjoy walking along for relaxation and exercise. It runs through White River State Park, NCAA Headquarters, restaurants and an assortment of businesses. It is common to see the canal dotted with gondolas and pedalboats.

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