Committees & Task Forces

Apply Now!

Click here to apply for a committee!

Advocacy Committee

The Advocacy Committee meets on an as-needed basis to develop the extent and the manner in which CIS pursues actions to influence government policy at the state and federal level.

 

Chair

Monica G. Lawrence, MD - University of Virginia

 

Members 

Diana K. Bayer, DO - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

Joud Hajjar, MD, PhD, MS, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine  

Edwin Dickerson, PhD, MSc, MBA – Amgen

Yasmin W. Khan, MD - Vanderbilt University Medical Center 

Niraj C. Patel, MD, MS - Duke University 

Michele N. Pham, MD - University of California, San Francisco 

Nikita Raje, MD, MSc - Children's Mercy Hospital 

Joyce E. Yu, MD - Columbia University Irving Medical Center 

 

 

 

 


Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) Committee is responsible for review and oversight of CME activity planning, interaction with planners and speakers, content development and review, and the management of commercial support for all directly and jointly sponsored CME activities in addition to oversight of the ACCME re-accreditation process every four years. This committee meets approximately four times per year via conference call.

 

Chair

Manar Abdalgani, MD - Columbia University

 

Members 

George E. Freigeh, MD, MA - University of Michigan 

Joud Hajjar, MD, PhD, MS, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine 

Ciang Sang Tan, MD - Hospital Pengajar Universiti Putra Malaysia 


Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology (DLI) Committee

The mission of the Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology Committee will be to create, promote and curate all matters relevant to DLI in its contribution to the overall mission of the CIS (to facilitate education, translational research and novel approaches to therapy in clinical immunology to promote excellence in the care of patients with immunologic/inflammatory disorders).
 

Chair

James Verbsky, MD, PhD, FCIS - Medical College of Wisconsin

 

Members 

Jordan Abbott, MD - Children's Hospital Colorado 

Neema Izadi, MD, MS - Children's Hospital Los Angeles / USC Keck School of Medicine 

Stanley J. Naides, MD - Laboratory Corporation of America 

Xiao P. Peng, MD, PhD - Johns Hopkins University 

Megan S. Piazza, PhD 

Teresa K. Tarrant, MD - Duke University 

Russell H. Tomar, MD 

 


Diversity & Inclusion (D&I) Committee

The purpose of this committee is to promote and enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion within the Clinical Immunology Society and within the broader fields of Clinical, Translational, and Investigational Immunology. The committee will focus on education, advocacy, mentorship and other efforts to expand the diversity of voices and opinions within our vibrant and exciting field. This will build on the successes and groundwork laid by the Women in Clinical Immunology Society (WCIS) committee and WCIS will become a standing subcommittee within the Diversity and Inclusion Committee.  The Committee will encourage and help facilitate diversity within CIS leadership, committee membership, speakers at webinars and educational activities, and annual meeting sessions. Additionally, the Committee will provide input to the CIS Executive Council regarding diversity and inclusion in the CIS Strategic Plan and will work with the Council to carry out these elements of the Plan.

 

Co-Chairs 

Art M. Jongco III, MPH, MD, PhD - Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell 

Jennifer Leiding, MD, FCIS - Johns Hopkins University

 

Members 

Aisha Ahmed, MD - Lurie Children's Hospital 

Hey J. Chong, MD, PhD - University of Pittsburgh Children's Hospital 

Antonio Condino-Neto, FCIS - University of Sao Paulo 

Blachy J. Davila-Saldana, MD - Children's National Medical Center 

George E. Freigeh, MD, MA - University of Michigan 

Sarah E. Henrickson, MD, PhD - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Vivian P. Hernandez-Trujillo, MD - Allergy and Immunology Care Center of South Florida 

Gabriel Mendoza - University of Washington and Seattle Children's Hospital 

Lauren A. Sanchez, MD - University of California San Francisco 

Andrew L. Snow, PhD, FCIS - Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences 

Sneha Suresh, MD - University of Alberta 

 

→Women in Clinical Immunology Sciences (WCIS) Subcommittee

WCIS is a subcommittee within the Diversity and Inclusion Committee. The goal of the WCIS Committee is to support and encourage the advancement of women at all levels (general members, students, residents, fellows, post-doctoral, clinicians, and faculty) in the CIS to attain their full academic potential via mentorship, sponsorship, personal and professional development, leadership, innovation, inclusiveness, and a welcoming and supportive climate.

 

Chair 

Sarah E. Henrickson, MD, PhD - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

 

Members 

Hanadys Ale, MD - Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital 

Diana K. Bayer, DO - University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine 

Taya Carpenter - Westchester Medical Center 

Helene Decaluwe, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCIS - University of Montreal, Saint-Justine Hospital 

Monica Fernandes - Universidad Del Valle 

Alexandra F. Freeman, MD, FCIS - NIH NIAID 

Catherine Freeman - Mayo Clinic Arizona 

Jessica Galant-Swafford - National Jewish Health 

Lauren M. Gunderman, MD - Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago 

Joud Hajjar, MD, PhD, MS, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine 

Vivian P. Hernandez-Trujillo, MD - Allergy and Immunology Care Center of South Florida 

Vy Kim, MD, MScCH, FRCPC, FCIS - Hospital for Sick Children 

 


Early Career Immunologists (ECI) Committee

The Early Career Immunologists (ECI) Committee is responsible for developing and overseeing benefits and programs for current and future Trainee Members and junior faculty members. The ECI Committee will meet regularly via conference call and will work with other committees such as the Education, Program, and Membership Committees throughout the year to assist with CIS communications and Annual Meeting planning targeted to Trainee Members and junior faculty members as well as membership recruitment.

 

Co-Chairs 

Carolyn H. Baloh, MD - Brigham & Women's Hospital  

Natalia S. Chaimowitz, MD, PhD - Cook Children's Hospital 

 

Members 

Hanadys Ale, MD - Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital  

Christin Deal, MD - University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 

Melissa D. Gans, MD - University of Miami 

Harry Lesmana - Cleveland Clinic 

Joao P. Matias Lopes - UH Rainbow Babies and Children/Case Western Reserve University 

Erica G. Schmitt, MD, PhD - Washington University St. Louis 

Junghee J. Shin, MD, PhD - Yale University 

Jacqueline D. Squire, MD - Mayo Clinic Jacksonville 

Monica Tang - Univeristy of California  

Juanita Valdes Camacho, MD - Louisiana State University Shreveport 

 


Education Committee

The Education Committee will work to develop and implement educational activities that would be of interest to members including, but not limited to, webinars, podcasts, videos, and various live activities. The committee will also provide members with current information on available educational opportunities within the society, and initiate and implement educational policies.

 

Chair 

David Hagin, MD, PhD, FCIS - Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center 

 

Members 

Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD - University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital 

Shanmuganathan Chandrakasan, MD, FCIS - Emory University School of Medicine 

Karin Chen, MD - University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital 

Nicholas L. Hartog, MD - Helen DeVos Children's Hospital 

Jennifer Heimall, MD, FCIS - The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Edith Schussler, MD - Weil Cornell Medicine 

Gesmar R. Silva Segundo, MD, PhD - Federal University of Uberlandia 

Ali Sobh, MD, FAAAAI - Federal University of Uberlandia 

Troy R. Torgerson, MD, PhD, FCIS - Allen Institute for Immunology 

Elizabeth Varga, MS - Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Donald C. Vinh, MD, FCIS - McGill University Health Centre 

Nicola Wright, MD, FCIS - Alberta Children's Hospital 

 


Fellows in CIS (FCIS) Committee

The purpose of the CIS Fellowship Committee is to serve as an oversight body to review the eligibility of applicants seeking the FCIS designation. Current Fellows in good standing will recommend future Fellows.

 

Co-Chairs 

Mark Ballow, MD, FAAAAI , FCIS - University of South Florida 

Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, MD, PhD, FCIS - Mt. Sinai Medical Center 

 

Members 

Roshini S. Abraham, PhD, D(ABMLI) FCIS - Nationwide Children's Hospital 

Thomas A. Fleisher, MD, FCIS - NIH Clinical Center 

Sudhir Gupta, MD, PhD, MACP, FAAAAI, FCIS - University of California, Irvine 

Joud Hajjar, MD, PhD, MS, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine  

Rebecca A. Marsh, MD, FCIS - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center 

John M. Routes, MD, FCIS - Medical College of Wisconsin 

Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPC, FCIS - University of British Columbia 

 


Foundation Committee

The CIS Foundation Committee was created to support the CIS Foundation with its fundraising which will advance research and education among CIS members and the larger patient and donor community. Learn more about the CIS Foundation.

 

Chair 

Kelli W. Williams, MD, MPH, FCIS - Medical University of South Carolina 

 

Members 

Daniel C. Adelman, MD, FCIS - University of California, San Francisco 

David Buchbinder, MD, MS  

Victoria R. Dimitriades, MD - University of California Davis Health 

Lisa R. Forbes Satter, MD - Baylor College of Medicine 

Alexandra F. Freeman, MD, FCIS - NIH NIADID 

Monica G. Lawrence, MD - University of Virginia 

Niraj C. Patel, MD, MS - Duke University 

Troy R. Torgerson, MD, PhD, FCIS - Allen Institute for Immunology 

 


Investigators of CIS (I-CIS) Committee

The Investigators of CIS Committee works to build a community of basic, translational and clinical investigators to advance the discovery and treatment of inborn errors of immunity. They do so by providing a framework for educational programming and activities specific to the needs of investigators and advocating for funding and other support for the career development of clinical immunology investigators.

 

Co-Chairs 

Megan A. Cooper, MD, PhD, FCIS - Washington University 

Lisa R. Forbes Satter, MD - Baylor College of Medicine 

 

 

Members 

Manish J. Butte, MD, PhD, FCIS – UCLA 

Scott Canna - Children's Hospital of Philidelphia 

Helene Decaluwe, MD, PhD, FRCPC, FCIS

Alexandra F. Freeman, MD, FCIS

Joud Hajjar, MD, PhD, MS, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine

Michael B. Jordan, MD, FCIS - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Stuart G. Tangye, PhD, FCIS, FAHMS - Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Beth K Theilen, MD, PhD

Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPC - University of British Columbia

Alice Chan, MD, PhD

Shanmuganathan Chandrakasan, MD, FCIS - Emory University School of Medicine, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta 

Ivan K. Chinn, MD, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine

Monica A Fernandes - Universidad Del Valle 

Elie Haddad, MD, PhD, FCIS - CHU Ste-Justine, University of Montreal 

Sarah E. Henrickson, MD, PhD - The Children's Hospital of Philidelphia

Elena W. Hsieh, MD - University of Colorado Denver

Avni Y. Joshi, MD, MS - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Aaruni Khanolkar - Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

Jennifer Leiding, MD, FCIS - Johns Hopkins University

Stanley J. Naides, MD - Laboratory Corporation of America

Nikita Raje, MD, MSc - Children's Mercy Hospital

Teresa K. Tarrant, MD - Duke University

Kelli W. Williams, MD, MPH, FCIS - Medical University of South Carolina 

 

 

 


Membership Committee

The Membership Committee shall review the applications for eligibility on the basis of criteria approved by the Council including good moral and ethical character. The Membership Committee meets to approve members and discuss business approximately four to six times a year.

 

Chair

Jenna R. Bergerson, MD - NIH, NIAID/LCIM

 

Members

Aisha Ahmed, MD - Lurie Children's Hospital

Magda Carneiro-Sampaio, MD, PhD, FCIS - Universidade De São Paulo

Luis E. Murguia-Favela, MD, FRCPC, FCIS - University of Calgary

Maria C. Poli, MD, PhD - Universidad del Desarrollo

Ismail Reisli, MD - Necmettin Erbakan University

Katherine L. Tuttle, MD - University of Rochester 

 


Program Committee (2024 Annual Meeting)

The Program Committee develops the programming and abstract selection for the Annual Meeting, along with fundraising efforts and may be asked to moderate interactive discussions generated from the presentations. The committee meets via conference call approximately six times during the program development. 

 

Co-Chairs

Elie Haddad, MD, PhD, FCIS - CHU Ste-Justine, University of Montreal

Emily Mace, PhD - Colombia University

Luigi D. Notarangelo, MD, FCIS - NIAID-NIH

 

Members

Maria Cecilia Poli, MD, PhD - Universidad del Desarollo

Despina Moshous - Institut Imagine Necker University Children's Hospital

Dusan Bogunovic, PhD - Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Elena Wy Hsieh, MD - University of Colorado Denver

Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD - University of Washington & Seattle Children's Hospital

Ivona Aksentijevich, MD, FCIS - Human Genome Research Institute

Raz Somech, MD, PhD - Edmond and Lilu Safra Children's Hospital

Stuart Turvey, MBBS, DPhil, FRCPC, FCIS - University of British Columbia

Christen L. Ebens, MD, MPH - University of Minnesota

 


 

Thymic Defect Taskforce (TDT)

The Thymic Defect Taskforce's (TDT) mission is to address the growing need in the field of Clinical Immunology and Primary Immunodeficiencies of the role of thymus transplantation in the management of patients with thymic defects. The objectives of the taskforce would be to develop guidelines, on behalf of CIS that would outline the biology of thymic defects, the gaps in clinical care, current management strategies, need and access issues in thymus transplantation, protocols of thymus transplantation and monitoring, regulatory issues and future directions. The TDT will also endeavor to collaborate with existing registries to expand an existing, or add a new registry for patients diagnosed with thymic defects, especially via newborn screening.

 

Chair
Elie Haddad, MD, PhD - CHU Ste-Justine, University of Montreal

 

Members

Luigi D. Notarangelo, MD, FCIS - NIAID-NIH

Troy R. Torgerson, MD, PhD, FCIS - Allen Institute for Immunology

Jack J. Bleesing, MD, PhD, FCIS - Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Rebecca A. Marsh, MD, FCIS - Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Cathleen Collins, MD, PhD - UCSD

Michael D. Keller, MD, FCIS - Children's National Hospital

Vivian P. Hernandez-Trujillo, MD - Allergy and Immunology Care Center of South Florida

Ivan K. Chinn, MD, FCIS - Baylor College of Medicine

E. Graham Davies - Great Ormond Street Hospital

M. Teresa De La Morena, MD, FCIS - Seattle Children's Hospital/University of Washington

Michail S. Lionakis, MD - NIH

Peter Mustillo, MD - Nationwide Children's Hospital

Marita Bosticardo, PhD - National Institutes of Health

Prescott Atkinson, MD, PhD, FAAAAI - University of Alabama at Birmingham/Children's Hospital

Elisa Ochfeld, MD - Children's Hospital Of Philadelphia

Daniel C. Adelman, MD, FCIS - University of California, San Francisco

Alexandra Y. Kreins - Great Ormond Street Hospital/UCL

 

top