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Tobacco and Nicotine Experts

Adam Goldstein, MD, MPH

Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Director, Tobacco Intervention Programs

Expertise: substance abuse, health policy, tobacco cessation, tobacco regulatory science, disparities in tobacco use, e-cigarettes

Sarah Kowitt, PhD, MPH

Postdoctoral research associate, Center for Regulatory Research on Tobacco Communication

Expertise: tobacco product use among youth, individual attitudes toward tobacco products, FDA regulation of tobacco, perception of tobacco communication efforts, dual tobacco use

Justin Byron, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine

Expertise: tobacco control, health policy, low nicotine content cigarettes, public health communication and messaging

Laurel Sisler

Director, Tobacco Treatment Program

Expertise: tobacco cessation, e-cigarettes, tobacco cessation and cancer

Seth Noar, PhD

Professor, UNC School of Media and Journalism

Member, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Expertise: health communication, effective health messaging, anti-tobacco campaigns, cigarette warning labels


Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Experts

Adult Allergies

Edwin Kim, MD, MS

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine and Pediatrics

Director, UNC Food Allergy Initiative

Program Director, UNC Allergy and Immunology Fellowship

Expertise: food allergies, peanut allergy, oral immunotherapy (OIT), sublingual immunotherapy (SLIT), epicutaneous immunotherapy (EPIT)

Mildred Kwan, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine Expertise: management of allergies, asthma, chronic hives, recurrent sinus infections, chronic cough, penicillin allergy testing

Scott Commins, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Expertise: alpha-gal meat allergy, food allergies, anaphylaxis, swelling, asthma, hives, insect allergies, seasonal allergies, tick-borne illnesses

Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine

Expertise: environmental allergies, chronic hives and swelling, food allergies, alpha-gal meat allergy, anaphylaxis, mast cell activation syndrome (MCAS)

Pediatric Allergies

David Peden, MD, MS

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research, School of Medicine

Expertise: environmental effects on the respiratory system, asthma and COPD, novel treatments for lung and allergic disease

Michelle Hernandez, MD

Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Chief Medical Officer and Associate Director of Clinical Research, UNC Center for Environmental Medicine, Asthma and Lung Biology

Expertise: severe asthma, immunodeficiency and auto-inflammatory syndromes, asthma treatment, environmental effects on asthma 

Tim Moran, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Expertise: environmental effects on asthma, development of allergies, airway inflammation

Allison Burbank, MD

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Expertise: environmental pollutant effects on asthma, obesity and asthma, activity and asthma


Media Contact:

Carleigh Gabryel at 919-864-0580 [email protected]