Testimonials From Past Fellows
 

“Very well rounded experience. Good mix of clinic, research, conference time, and presentations. Appreciate the time with experts in the field including Richard Lockey, Dennis Ledford, Roger Fox, and Mark Glaum. Skills and info learned has been very useful the past 3 years. I am now part of a full scale allergy immunology practice doing the routine allergy and asthma plus drug testing and challenges, rhinoscopy, skin biopsy, methacholine challenges, and complex immunology cases. Thank you so much.”

Andrew Bagg, MD

 

“After completing my Internal Medicine residency at USF, I was fortunate enough to be accepted in 1977 as the first fellow of the newly formed and accredited Division of Allergy and Immunology. As the first Chairman, Dr. Bukantz laid a humanitarian foundation that the program carries to this day. Dr. Lockey continues this fine example with his efforts on behalf of AAFA and AAAAI charities. It is with this type of educators that we received a first class experience, rotating through the USF, Tampa General and VA Allergy Clinics, providing consults and inpatient care at Tampa General and the VA Hospital, and seeing patients in Dr. Lockey's private office. It is simply impossible to express my feelings of good fortune and gratitude in being selected as the first fellow by these world class physicians.”

J.Wayne Phillips, MD

 

“Training with Dr. Lockey, Dr. Ledford, Dr. Fox, and their colleagues was a true privilege. The group emphasized the importance of applying science to a challenging and quickly changing medical specialty. The diversity of experiences and patient encounters was very helpful in preparing for a rewarding and successful career in medicine.”    

                                                                                                                                                                                     Sean McKnight, MD


 

“I completed my Allergy/Immunology training at USF/ACH in 1993. I am very proud of that and feel my training was second to none. I left training prepared to handle the full spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases. Not only did the program allow me to develop the necessary clinical skills, it also gave me the opportunity to observe and emulate world class physicians who were able to blend science with the art of medicine and top it off with a large dose of humanity. I would strongly recommend the program to anyone looking for a first class training opportunity.”

Sam Gubernick, MD

 

 

“I am very proud of my training in Allergy/Immunology at USF in Tampa. Now at almost 4 years out, I am still very happy I chose the programat USF for my training. I felt we had excellent clinical training and I was very well prepared to practice in the outside world. USF also prepared me to be truly interested in Allergy/Immunology and set myself up to be involved in the Academy and a life long scholar in the field. At times the fellowship was hard, but I would not trade it for any other training. I am thankful to my attendings as well as my other colleagues at USF, and again I am very proud to be a graduate of USF A/I training program.”

Tom Chacko, MD

 

 

"The trend these days is to conduct real-world studies for asthma therapeutics. I believe the training at USF gave me as close to real-world experience as was appropriate for my level of training. I am forever thankful and grateful for the experiences my fellowship at USF provided."

 

Richard Lavi, MD, FAAAAI FAAP

 

 

"Upon completion of my fellowship at USF, I started my own practice almost 5 years ago. The training that I received there not only prepared me for seeing patients with a variety allergic disorders, but also allowed me to observe a top-notch clinic run by world class physicians. I felt so well-prepared after my training, that it was rare that I would come across a case in my own practice that I hadn't already been faced with several times during fellowship. The faculty at USF are truly inspiring in their ability to merge the world of academics with clinical practice. The faculty there possess the rare combination of academic curiosity along with practical clinical reasoning. I am very fortunate to have learned from their examples, and am thankful that I chose Florida to learn about this specialty."
                                                                                                                                                                                           

                                                                                                                                                                                           Steven Cole, MD

 

 

"It is with great pleasure I write a testimonial regarding my Allergy and Immunology fellowship at USF Heath. I was fortunate enough to have interviews for fellowship positions around the country. After meeting with Drs Lockey, Fox, Ledford and Glaum at USF it became very clear that USF was the program I wanted (and hoped) to conduct my fellowship training. The program is run in a very organized and well managed fashion. The faculty deliver a high level of training. Fellows are well supported in the beginning of the program but then as time progresses are given more responsibility. During my fellowship I was able to attend both state and national conferences which enriched my training. I was also very grateful for the assistance and guidance given to me when it came time for me to start my career at the completion of fellowship. I am very grateful for the opportunity to train at USF Health, I would highly recommend this fellowship program."

 

Efren Rael, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Division of Allergy/Immunology

Penn State/Hershey Medical Center

                                                                           

 Accomplishments of Past Fellows                                                                          

 

Articles 

Fitzhugh DJ, Lockey RF. History of immunotherapy: the first 100 years. Immunol Allergy Clin North Am. 2011 May;31(2):149-57, vii.

 

Fitzhugh DJ, Lockey RF. Allergen immunotherapy: a history of the first 100 years. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Dec;11(6):554-9. Review.

 

Tarrant TK, Liu P, Rampersad RR, Esserman D, Rothlein LR, Timoshchenko RG, McGinnis MW, Fitzhugh DJ, Patel DD, Fong AM. Decreased Th17 and antigen- Specific humoral responses in CX CR1-deficient mice in the collagen-induced arthritis model. Arthritis Rheum. 2012 May;64(5):1379-87.

 

Rhee, K, Coa, K, Parkerson J. Stop, You're Making Me Blush. The American Journal of Medicine. 124; 4: 301-2. 2011.

 

Parkerson J, and Ledford D. Mannitol: An indirect bronchoprovocation test for the 21st Century. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 106; 2:91-96. 2011

 

Pesek R., Alkhalil M., Fitzhugh DJ, Parkerson J., Aljubran S., Butt A., Lockey RF. “Mechanisms of Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy.” Authors: Akdis CA, Akdis M. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jan;127(1):18-27; quiz 28-9. Review (CME questions)

 

Neetu Talreja, Ayman O. Soubani, Robert L. Sherwin, Alan P. Baptist. Modifiable factors associated with severe asthma exacerbations in urban patients Online publication accessed on www.annallergy.org Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology June 25th 2012

 

Neetu Talreja M.D. Asthma Therapy: Novel Treatments and New Directions-Available online at www.AllergyImmunologyReport.com under Winter 2012 session

 

Neetu Talreja.M.D. Severe Persistent Asthma: Diagnosis and Treatment- Available online at www.AllergyImmunologyReport.com under Winter 2012 session

 

Neetu Talreja.M.D. Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria: After Antihistamines, What’s Best for Next-in-Line Treatment?- Available online at www.AllergyImmunologyReport.com under Winter 2012 session

 

Aljubran SA, Cox R, Parthasarath PT, Gurukumar KR, Mohapatra SS, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N. Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 induces Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation. Published in PLoS One, 5/2012.

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0037712

 

Butt A., Rashid D., Lockey RF. Do Hypoallergenic Cats and Dogs Exist? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012 Feb; 108(2):74-6.

 

 

Abstracts

 

Fitzhugh DJ, McGinnis MW, Timoshchenko RG, Serafin DS, Lininger R, Klauber- Denmore N, Serody JS, Tarrant TK. “G Protein coupled Receptor Kinase 3 (GRK3) Negatively Regulates CXCL12/CXCR4 Signaling and Turmor Migration in Breast

Cancer.” JAllergy Clin Immmunol. 2011 Feb;127(S2): AB230

  

Rothlein LR, Timoshchenko RG, Fitzhugh DJ, McGinnis MW, Laroche G, Siderovski DP, T Tarrant TK. “G protein coupled receptor kinase 3 (GRK3) – deficient T cells demonstrate enhanced migration to CXCL12 and CX3CL1.” J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Feb;127(S2): AB166.

 

Tarrant TK, Liu P, Rampersad RR, Esserman D, Rothlein LR, McGinnis MW, Fitzhugh DJ, Patel DD, Fong A. “CX3CR1 deficient mice have decreased Th17 and antigen-specific humoral responses in the collagen induced arthritis (CIA) model.” Arthritis Rheum. 2010 Oct;62(S10):S7-8.

 

MJ King, SE Phillips, DJ Fitzhugh, RF Lockey. “Photoaging Attenuates Skin Test Response to Histamine More Than Natural Aging.” World Allergy Organization Journal. 2012 Feb;5(S2): S199.

 

MJ King, SE Phillips, DJ Fitzhugh, RF Lockey. “Photoaging Attenuates Skin Test Response To Histamine But Not Morphine.” J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Feb;129(S2): AB240.

 

Balduzzi M., Rashid D., Butt A., Ledford D. A Rare Reaction to Intravenous Iron Sucrose. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Nov; 107(5):A66.

 

Balduzzi M., Rashid D., Butt A., Ledford D. An Unusual Reaction to Intravenous Iron Sucrose. World Allergy Organization Journal. 5:S139, February 2012.

 

Butt A., Rashid D., Lockey RF. Urticaria and Arthralgias in a Nine-Year-Old with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2011 Nov; 107(5):A53.

 

Butt A., Rashid D., Lockey RF. Urticaria and Arthralgias in a Nine-Year-Old with Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections. World Allergy Organization Journal. 5:S139, February 2012.

 

Butt A., Ledford D. Methotrexate Treatment for Urticarial Vasculitis and Angioedema with Cyroglobulinemia. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. Nov 2010;105(5):A60.

 

Parkerson J and Ledford DK. J Florida Allergy Specialists’ Opinion on Prescribing Auto-injectable Epinephrine in Oral Allergy Syndrome to Peanut. Florida Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Meeting. Orlando, Florida June 2012.

Parkerson J., and Ledford DK Assessing Specialists’ Opinion Related to Prescribing Auto-injectable Epinephrine In An Unusual Case of Peanut Sensitivity with Oral Allergy.; J Allergy Clin Immunol 2012; 129(2): AB127 (83).

Parkerson J., Alkhalil, M., Ledford, D. and Sleasman, J. A Case of Multiple Simultaneous Urticarial Syndromes Refractory to Treatment. World Allergy Organization Journal. 5(S2):S204, February 2012

Nelson A., Parkerson J., Lockey R. F., Mohapatra S., Mohapatra S. and Nagaraj S. Role of Myeloid Derived Suppressor Cells in Asthma. World Allergy Organization Journal. 5(S2):S26, February 2012.

Parkerson J. A 24 year old female with Wheeze. Update in Allergy and Immunology. Tampa, Florida, October 2011

Parkerson J, and Ledford DK. An Unusual Case of Urticaria. Florida Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Meeting. Amelia Island, Fl July 2011.

Aljubran SA, Cox R, Parthasarathy PT, Kr G, Mohapatra SS, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 induces Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and Migration. 68th Annual American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Meeting, Orlando, FL, March 2 – 6, 2012. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2012; 129(2): AB56 (# 212) http://download.journals.elsevierhealth.com/pdfs/journals/0091-6749/PIIS0091674911026662.pdf

 

Aljubran SA, Cox R, Parthasarathy PT, Kr G, Mohapatra SS, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2 induces Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation and Migration. Online: Abstract # 9 pager 44 http://health.usf.edu/medicine/research/researchday2012/pdf/2012%20Virtual%20Book.pdf

 

Aljubran SA, Cox R, Tamarapu P, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N: Enhancer of Zeste Homolog 2: A Pivotal Role in Pulmonary Artery Smooth Muscle Cell Proliferation. XXII World Allergy Congress, Cancun, Mexico, December 4 – 8, 2011 http://journals.lww.com/waojournal/Abstract/2012/02002/119_Enhancer_of_Zeste_Homolog_2___A_Pivotal_Role.120.aspx

 

Cox R, Aljubran SA, Lockey RF, Kolliputi N. Caspase-4 plays a Role in the Activation of the Cryopyrin/NLRP3 Inflammasome XXII World Allergy Congress, Cancun, Mexico, December 4 – 8, 2011

http://journals.lww.com/waojournal/Abstract/2012/02002/115_Caspase_4_Plays_a_Role_in_the_Activation_of.116.aspx

 

Susan Culverhouse, Neetu Talreja, Richard F. Lockey. A Case of Idiopathic Recurrent Isolated Orbital Angioedema with Exophthalmos. World Allergy Oraganization. Meeting, Cancun, Mexico December 2011 5(S5):S204, February 2012. (Poster Presentation)

Neetu Talreja, Maleeha Haq, Mark Glaum, Dennis K. Ledford, Richard F. Lockey. Effect of meteorological parameters on airborne fungal spore counts: Sixteen Year Study (1995-2010) in Sarasota, Fl. Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology Vol. 129, Issue 2, Supplement, Page AB17

Neetu Talreja, Susan Culverhouse, Mark K. Glaum, Dennis K. Ledford. Diffuse Idiopathic Pulmonary Neuroendocrine Hyperplasia with Corticosteroid Dependent Asthma. Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Vol. 107, Issue 5, Supplement, Pages A44

Neetu Talreja, Susan Culverhouse, Richard F. Lockey. A Case of Idiopathic Recurrent Isolated Orbital Angioedema with Exophthalmos Abstracts of the XXII World Allergy Congress, 4-8 December, 2012 Cancun, Mexico. World Allergy Organization Journal 2012; 5(2): S204. February 2012

 

Other Publications

Pesek R., Alkhalil M., Fitzhugh DJ, Parkerson J., Aljubran S., Butt A., Lockey RF. “Mechanisms of Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy.” Authors: Akdis CA, Akdis M. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jan;127(1):18-27; quiz 28-9. Review (CME questions)

 

Fitzhugh DJ. Book Review: Harrison’s Pulmonary And Critical Care Medicine. 2010 McGraw-Hill. World Allergy Organization. http://www.worldallergy.org/book_reviews/1110.php

 

Butt A., Rashid D., Fox R. Urticaria and arthralgias in a nine year old with urinary tract infections. Interactive Case report: World Allergy Organization 2011.

 

Pesek R., Alkhalil M., Fitzhugh DJ, Parkerson J., Aljubran S., Butt A., Lockey RF. “Mechanisms of Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy.” Authors: Akdis CA, Akdis M. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jan;127(1):18-27; quiz 28-9. Review (CME questions)

 

Butt A. Book Review: Anaphylaxis (Chemical Immunology and Allergy, Volume 95). 2010 S. Karger AG. World Allergy Organization. (http://www.worldallergy.org/book_reviews/0111.php)

  

Parkerson J, and Lockey, RF. Seizure in a Neonate Interactive Case Report August 2011. http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/parkerson/index.php           

Parkerson J. Book Review: Allergy Frontiers. 2009 Springer. World Allergy Organization. http://www.worldallergy.org/book_reviews/1210.php

David J. Fitzhugh, Ahmed T. Butt, Jim R. Parkerson, Neetu Talreja, Salman A. Aljubran, Susan Culverhouse, Roger W. Fox, Richard F. Lockey. “IL-13 Therapy in Asthma and Allergic Disease: Asthma Phenotypes and Targeted Therapies.” Authors: Ingram JL, Kraft M. (CME questions) Submitted/accepted to JACI.

Susan Culverhouse, Richard F. Lockey, Roger Fox. Idiopathic pruritis. Interactive case report. Submitted to WAO website. http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/

ALJUBRAN SA. book review: Patterson's Allergic Diseases (Seventh Edition) Editors: Leslie C. Grammer; Paul A. Greenberger 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins ISBN: 978-0-7817-9425-1 http://www.worldallergy.org/book_reviews/0211.php

Pesek R., Alkhalil M., Fitzhugh DJ, Parkerson J., Aljubran S., Butt A., Lockey RF. “Mechanisms of Allergen-Specific Immunotherapy.” Authors: Akdis CA, Akdis M. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011 Jan;127(1):18-27; quiz 28-9. Review (CME questions)

 

Accepted / In Press

 

David J. Fitzhugh, Kim C. Tran, Peter L. Collins, Michael N. Teng. Characterization of a cis-acting temperature sensitive mutation in respiratory syncytial virus. To be presented at the American College of Virology, Madison, WI, July 2012.

Westermann-Clark E, Fitzhugh DJ, Lockey RF. “Rising Cost of Epinephrine Autoinjectors.” Submitted/accepted to JACI.

 

David J. Fitzhugh, Ahmed T. Butt, Jim R. Parkerson, Neetu Talreja, Salman A. Aljubran, Susan M. Culverhouse, Roger W. Fox, Richard F. Lockey. “IL-13 Therapy in Asthma and Allergic Disease: Asthma Phenotypes and Targeted Therapies.” Authors: Ingram JL, Kraft M. (CME questions) Submitted/accepted to JACI.

 

Maleeha Haq, David J. Fitzhugh, Richard F. Lockey. “A Patient with Abdominal Pain, Rash, and Palpitations.” Interactive Case Report, WAO 2012 (pending web publication) http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/

 

Jennifer Fergeson, David J. Fitzhugh, Richard F. Lockey. “A Child with Chronic Cough.” Interactive Case Report, WAO 2012 (pending web publication) http://www.worldallergy.org/interactive_case_reviews/ 

Butt A., Rashid D., Lockey RF. A Persistent Rash With Urticaria and Angioedema Following Penicillin Treatment. Interactive Case Report: World Allergy Organization 2012.David J. Fitzhugh, Ahmed T. Butt, Jim R. Parkerson, Neetu Talreja, Salman A. Aljubran, Susan M. Culverhouse, Roger W. Fox, Richard F. Lockey. “IL-13 Therapy in Asthma and Allergic Disease: Asthma Phenotypes and Targeted Therapies.” Authors: Ingram JL, Kraft M. (CME questions) Submitted/accepted to JACI.

Fitzhugh DJ,. Butt AD, Parkerson JR, Talreja N, Aljubran SA, Culverhouse SM,.

Fox RW, and Lockey RF. “IL-13 Therapy in Asthma and Allergic Disease:

Asthma Phenotypes and Targeted Therapies.” Authors: Ingram JL, Kraft M. (CME questions) Submitted/accepted to JACI.

 

Neetu Talreja, Ayman Soubani, Robert Sherwin, Alan Baptist. Modifiable factors associated with severe asthma exacerbations in urban patients Accepted in Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.

 

David J. Fitzhugh, Ahmed D. Butt, Jim R. Parkerson, Neetu Talreja, Salman A. Aljubran, Susan M. Culverhouse, Roger W. Fox, Richard F. Lockey. “IL-13 Therapy in Asthma and Allergic Disease: Asthma Phenotypes and Targeted Therapies.” Authors: Ingram JL, Kraft M. (CME questions) Submitted/accepted to JACI.