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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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Adult Life-Course Trajectories of Lung Function and the Development of Emphysema: The CARDIA Lung Study

Washko, G. R., Colangelo, L. A., Estépar, R. S. J., Ash, S. Y., Bhatt, S. P., Okajima, Y., Liu, K., Jacobs, D. R., Iribarren, C., Thyagarajan, B., Lewis, C. E., Kumar, R., Han, M. L. K., Dransfield, M. T., Carnethon, M. R. & Kalhan, R., Feb 2020, In : American Journal of Medicine. 133, 2, p. 222-230.e11

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Atopic dermatitis, race, and genetics

    Kumar, R., Seibold, M. A. & Burchard, E. G., Jan 2020, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 145, 1, p. 108-110 3 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

    Open Access

    Differential asthma odds following respiratory infection in children from three minority populations

    Wohlford, E. M., Borrell, L. N., Elhawary, J. R., Plotkin, B., Oh, S. S., Nuckton, T. J., Eng, C., Salazar, S., LeNoir, M. A., Meade, K., Farber, H. J., Serebrisky, D., Brigino-Buenaventura, E., Rodriguez-Cintron, W., Kumar, R., Thyne, S., Seibold, M. A., Rodríguez-Santana, J. R. & Burchard, E. G., May 2020, In : PloS one. 15, 5, e0231782.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • 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 2019, In : Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 143, 5, p. 1914-1922 9 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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