Medical Advisory Board

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH

Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Mary Ann & J Milburn Smith Senior Scientist in Child Health Research
Clinical Attending, Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
Director, Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR)
Director, Science & Outcomes of Allergy & Asthma Research Program (SOAAR)

Ruchi Gupta, MD, MPH, is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a Clinical Attending at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. She has more than 15 years of experience as a board-certified pediatrician and health researcher and currently serves as the director of the Center for Food Allergy & Asthma Research (CFAAR) and Science and Outcomes of Allergy and Asthma Research Program (SOAAR) where she is actively involved in clinical, epidemiological, and community-based research.

Dr. Gupta is nationally recognized for her groundbreaking research in the area of food allergy and asthma epidemiology; specifically her research on childhood food allergy prevalence. She has also significantly contributed to academic research surrounding economic costs, pediatric management of food allergy and asthma, ED visits and hospitalizations, quality of life and community interventions especially in schools. Dr. Gupta has over 100 peer reviewed publications and her work has been featured in major TV networks and print media. Dr. Gupta strives to improve the lives of children and their families through her research and hopes to continue finding answers and shaping policies surrounding pediatric food allergy and asthma.

Dr. Gupta completed her undergraduate and medical education at the University of Louisville. She completed her medical residency at Children’s Hospital & Regional Medical Center, University of Washington in Seattle, WA and then a pediatric health services research fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. She then received her Masters of Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Alice Hoyt

Dr. Alice Hoyt is a board-certified allergist & immunologist, internist, and pediatrician. She is currently on staff at Cleveland Clinic where she focuses her clinical practice on food allergy while also leading Code Ana. She developed the Code Ana Program in 2015 when a local school reached out for help in creating a school-wide anaphylaxis response plan. Code Ana’s mission is to equip schools to prevent and be prepared for medical emergencies. Code Ana has been adopted by multiple schools, and thousands of childhood educators have been trained by Code Ana. The program continues to grow, so to support the Code Ana Program and like efforts, she leads the development of the non-profit organization The Teal Schoolhouse. She is a firm believer that team work makes the dream work and enjoys her collaboration with the Allison Rose Foundation.

Dr. Sandra Hong

Sandra Hong MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI is the Regional Medical Director, Southern Region, Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF), practices in the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Department at CCF, and is the director of the CCF Food Allergy Center of Excellence. She attended Northeastern Ohio Medical School where she served as Chief Resident. Dr. Hong completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital, a Harvard Hospital. Dr. Hong has practiced at University Hospitals and has been with CCF for the past 14 years. She serves on the Board of the Allison Rose Foundation, has appeared on multiple TV news outlets and in media presentations educating the public on allergies, asthma and food allergies. In addition, she serves as an expert resource within Northeast Ohio school systems on food allergies.

Dr. Brian Schroer

Brian Schroer MD FAAAI is the division director of allergy and immunology at Akron Children’s Hospital. He specializes in clinical care of pediatric and adult patients with all allergic diseases including asthma and food allergies. He is a reviewer and on the editorial board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice and serves on committees for the AAAAI. His academic teaching has involved working with medical students, residents, and attending clinicians to help implement relationship centered communication skills into their practice. In addition, he works on social media using communication tools to help patients and families understand prevention, management and treatment of food allergies. Finally, when not working he likes to spend time with family, growing tomatoes, fishing and being outside.

Dr. David Stukus

Dr. Stukus is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University College of Medicine. Dr. Dave is actively involved in food allergy education, advocacy, and research. He holds leadership positions at his institution as well as within the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He is active on social media, where he engages with the public through his Twitter and Instagram accounts @AllergyKidsDoc to disseminate evidence based information and combat myths.