• 3560 Citations
1997 …2023
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Research Interests

Dr. Kumar has worked as an academic allergist at Lurie Children's for over 18 years. He has a number of research interests. Most prominently he is interested in the prenatal and early life exposures, which in combination with genetic factors are associated with the development of early childhood wheezing, atopic disease and asthma. Dr. Kumar also has interests in a number of other areas including:the determinants of lung function from childhood into later adult life (CARDIA study), development of food allergy in early infancy, and validation of PROMIS instruments in asthma (AAD-PEPR study). Additionally, he serves as the site-PI for a consortium which evaluates personalized medicine approaches for severe asthma.

Dr. Kumar's research is focused on prenatal and early life exposures, which in combination with genetic factors are associated with the development of early childhood wheezing, asthma, and allergic disease. In particular, differentially distributed risk factors and differentially distributed genetic factors may contribute to asthma health disparities in inner city populations. In terms of differentially distributed genetic factors, we have focused on the role of ancestry in modulating phenotypes such as plateau lung function. We also have evaluated the role of racially differentially distributed early life factors on the development of associated phenotypes including atopy. Our research in these areas has been published in a number of journals including the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Clinical and Experimental Allergy, and The New England Journal of Medicine. Dr. Kumar also has interests in a number of other areas including:the determinants of lung function from childhood into later adult life (CARDIA study), development of food allergy in early infancy, and validation of PROMIS instruments in asthma (AAD-PEPR study). Additionally, he serves as the site-PI for a consortium which evaluates personalized medicine approaches for severe asthma.

Dr. Kumar's clinical focus complements my research profile with a focus on provision of asthma care to inner city families. With over a decade of experience in this area, we provide family centered multidisciplinary care in this population. Dr. Kumar also oversees a clinic which looks to implement guidelines for assessment of peanut allergy in the first 4-6 months of life and early peanut introduction. As an allergist in a tertiary care referral center of excellence, he also has extensive experience in management of other allergic diseases including food allergy, rhinitis, eczema and drug allergy. Dr. Kumar serves as the clinical practice director for the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Lurie Children's Hospital.

Certifications and Licenses

Allergy & Immunology

Training Experience

1993Internship, Charles Camsell Provincial General Hospital, Canada
1997Residency, Children's Hospital, Winnipeg
1999Fellowship, Children's Hospital, Winnipeg

Education/Academic qualification

MD, University of Alberta

… → 1992

Research interests

  • Asthma
  • Food Allergy
  • Genomics
  • Health Disparities

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Grants 2012 2023

Research Output 1997 2019

Acculturation is associated with asthma burden and pulmonary function in Latino youth: The GALA II study

Thakur, N., Borrell, L. N., Ye, M., Oh, S. S., Eng, C., Meade, K., Avila, P. C., Farber, H. J., Serebrisky, D., Brigino-Buenaventura, E., Rodriguez-Cintron, W., Kumar, R., Bibbins-Domingo, K., Thyne, S., Sen, S., Rodriguez-Santana, J. R. & Burchard, E. G., May 1 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 143, 5, p. 1914-1922 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Acculturation
Hispanic Americans
Asthma
Lung
Language
2 Citations (Scopus)
asthma
loci
Asthma
Genes
Chromosomes

Challenges in assessing the efficacy of systemic corticosteroids for severe wheezing episodes in preschool children

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's AsthmaNet, May 1 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 143, 5, p. 1934-1937.e4

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Respiratory Sounds
Preschool Children
Adrenal Cortex Hormones

Exposure: Staphylococcus aureus skin colonization predisposes to food allergy in the Learning Early about Allergy to Peanut (LEAP) and LEAP-On studies

Cook-Mills, J. M., Kaplan, M. H., Turner, M. J., Kloepfer, K. M. & Kumar, R., Aug 1 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 144, 2, p. 404-406 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access
Peanut Hypersensitivity
Food Hypersensitivity
Eczema
Nose
Immunoglobulin E

Genome-wide association study of inhaled corticosteroid response in admixed children with asthma

Hernandez-Pacheco, N., Farzan, N., Francis, B., Karimi, L., Repnik, K., Vijverberg, S. J., Soares, P., Schieck, M., Gorenjak, M., Forno, E., Eng, C., Oh, S. S., Pérez-Méndez, L., Berce, V., Tavendale, R., Samedy, L. A., Hunstman, S., Hu, D., Meade, K., Farber, H. J. & 21 others, Avila, P. C., Serebrisky, D., Thyne, S. M., Brigino-Buenaventura, E., Rodriguez-Cintron, W., Sen, S., Kumar, R., Lenoir, M., Rodriguez-Santana, J. R., Celedón, J. C., Mukhopadhyay, S., Potočnik, U., Pirmohamed, M., Verhamme, K. M., Kabesch, M., Palmer, C. N. A., Hawcutt, D. B., Flores, C., Maitland-van der Zee, A. H., Burchard, E. G. & Pino-Yanes, M., Jun 1 2019, In : Clinical and Experimental Allergy. 49, 6, p. 789-798 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Genome-Wide Association Study
Adrenal Cortex Hormones
Asthma
Hispanic Americans
Population