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 Communications, 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.


The ECI Committee meets to discuss business approximately four to six times a year. The committee chairs serves as an ex-officio member of the Communications Committee, Program Committee, and Membership Committee and the monthly Executive Committee conference calls as needed.


Kelli W. Williams, MD, MPH
Clinical Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina
Charleston, SC


Dr. Williams received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Colgate University in upstate New York. She earned her medical degree and Master of Public Health (in international health and development) from Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2009. She completed her residency in Pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina and her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2015, she returned to Charleston and is now a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina. Outside of work, she enjoys the outdoors with her husband, two boys, and chocolate Labrador retriever. She is also a foodie, travel enthusiast, and avid Red Sox fan.


Carolyn Baloh, MD
Duke University
Durham, NC

Annaliesse Blincoe, BHB MBChB DipPaeds FRACP
Paediatric Immunologist
Starship Children's Health
Auckland, New Zealand


Elizabeth J. Feuille, MD
Assistant Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY

Elizabeth J. Feuille, MD received her undergraduate degree from Princeton University and her medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine.  She completed both her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  Upon completing fellowship, she started as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, where she and her colleague re-established the pediatric immunology practice at Cornell.

Jennifer Grossman, MD, FRCPC
Alberta Health Services
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Nicholas L. Hartog, MD
Physician and Clinical Assistant Professor
Helen DeVos Children's Hospital and Spectrum Health Medical Group
Grand Rapids, MI

Dr. Hartog grew up in Wisconsin before receiving his undergraduate degree in physiology from the University of Minnesota. He then got his medical degree with honors in research from the Medical College of Wisconsin. It was his research project in medical school on the role of anergic B-cells in FOXP3 deficient mice that sparked his interest in immunology and primary immunodeficiency. He then completed his internal medicine residency at the University of Iowa and Allergy/Immunology fellowship at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. In 2016 he moved to western Michigan.  His major clinical interest is primary immunodeficiency and he is the head of the adult and pediatric primary immunodeficiency clinic at Spectrum Health/Helen Devos Children's Hospital.  Outside of medicine he enjoys spending time with his three children, running, and cheering on his University of Minnesota Gophers.


Hana Niebur, MD
Assistant Professor
University of Nebraska/Children's Hospital and Medical Clinics
Omaha, NE


Benjamin Prince, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Nationwide Children's Hospital/Northwestern University
Chicago, IL


Dr. Prince received his medical degree at the University of Toledo College of Medicine after which he completed his residency in Pediatrics at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. He went on to complete a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Investigation at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. In 2015 Dr. Prince joined the faculty at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio. There, he is the Immunology Director of the multidisciplinary, Hemo-Immuno-Lymphoprolipherative Clinic and is involved in teaching and mentoring medical students at the Ohio State University College of Medicine. Outside of work, he enjoys traveling, cooking, and spending time with family. He is also excited to see the Browns win their first Super Bowl, whenever that may be.

Nikita Raje, MD MSc
Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO


Dr. Raje received her medical degree from Smt. N.H.L. Municipal Medical College, India. She completed her Internal Medicine- Pediatrics residency at Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan and her fellowship in Allergy/ Immunology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City/ University of Missouri Kansas City. She completed her Master of Science in Clinical Research in 2018 at University of Kansas, Kansas City, Kansas. She is currently working as Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at University of Missouri Kansas City, Kansas City, Missouri. She is the Medical Director of Immunology at Children’s Mercy Kansas City. She loves to spend time and travel with her family and enjoys cooking and Yoga.


Tamar Rubin, MD, FRCPC
Assistant Professor
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Edith Schussler, MD
Assistant Professor
Weill Cornell Medicine
New York, NY


Dr. Schussler is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Immunology, at Weill Cornell Medical School in New York City.  She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley and her MD at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai where she also completed her residency and fellowship.  At Cornell, Dr Schussler has focused on building an immunodeficiency center integrating specialist from immunology, heme/onc/BMT, infectious disease, pulmonology, GI, rheumatology and infectious disease to offer comprehensive management of immune disorders. Dr. Schussler was born in Buffalo, NY and grew up in New York City.  She enjoys spending time with her family and taking advantage of all the city has to offer including theatre, parks, music, and museums.

Nicola Wright, MD
Clinical Associate Professor
Alberta Children's Hospital
Calgary, Alberta, Canada


Dr. Wright is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Division of Hematology/Immunology at the Alberta Children’s Hospital, Calgary, Canada.  She completed her medical degree at the University of Calgary, where she also completed her Pediatrics residency.  She completed fellowship training in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, with a focus on Immunology, at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Stanford University.  During this time she completed a Master of Science in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.  She currently manages patients with benign hematologic diseases and primary immune deficiencies.  She has advocated for newborn screening for SCID in the province of Alberta, which successfully began in the spring of 2019.  Current research interest is infection prevention in children with SCID.  She enjoys teaching and mentoring all levels of learners. Outside work, she can generally be found at an ice rink watching her two boys play hockey.