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Terri F. Brown-Whitehorn, MD

    Attending Physician, Division of Allergy and Immunology
    Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders and the Integrative Health Program
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
    Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
    Philadelphia, PA

Terri F. Brown-Whitehorn, MD, is a board-certified pediatric allergist and an attending physician in the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders and the Integrative Health Program, at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). She is also a professor of clinical pediatrics at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

She received her medical training at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Following a post-doctoral research year at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, she completed her pediatric residency and allergy/immunology fellowship at CHOP.

Dr Brown-Whitehorn has been an allergist in an academic center for 25 years. The majority of her time is spent on the care of pediatric patients with all atopic conditions, with expertise in food allergy and caring for patients with IgE-mediated food allergy, food protein–induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES), and eosinophilic esophagitis. She helped to develop a novel anaphylaxis pathway in the Emergency Department as part of a quality improvement project that was published in Pediatrics. She was also one of the first allergists involved in the CHOP Center for Pediatric Eosinophilic Disorders, which was founded 18 years ago as one of the first multispecialty clinics and remains one of the largest in the United States.

In addition to helping coauthor international guidelines for FPIES, Dr Brown-Whitehorn is the director and cofounder of the Food Protein–Induced Enterocolitis Center, another multispecialty clinic. She has served as the co-principal investigator on an internal grant developing and expanding the Food Allergy Center at CHOP, an effort that led to a significant expansion of the food challenge and the oral immunotherapy programs. She also enjoys her work with trainees (ie, medical students, residents, and fellows) and mentoring young faculty. In 2010, she was nominated by her colleagues and received the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Master Clinician Award.

Dr Brown-Whitehorn's clinical research has focused primarily on IgE-mediated food allergy, although she has also been an investigator on atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic esophagitis studies. She has served as principal investigator on several IgE-mediated food allergy studies using epicutaneous immunotherapy for peanut and cow’s milk allergies, and she has been a sub-investigator on several oral immunotherapy studies.

Over her career, Dr Brown-Whitehorn has coauthored peer-reviewed papers and book chapters and has coedited a book on FPIES. In addition, she has spoken locally, nationally, and internationally.