Endowed Chairs & Professorships

Edelstein Family Chair in Pediatric and Clinical ImmunologyDonald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD

Finding better treatments for children

Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Edelstein family, National Jewish Health can further expand its research regarding allergies and immune diseases that affect millions of children around the world.

Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD, attended the University of Chicago where he received his PhD in 1975 and a MD in 1977.  His postdoctoral training included a pediatric internship and residency at The Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston.  He was a Fellow in Allergy-Immunology at Children's Hospital Medical Center in Boston from 1979-1981. Dr. Leung subsequently joined the faculty at Harvard Medical School with appointments as Instructor (1981), Assistant Professor (1983) and Associate Professor (1987) in the Department of Pediatrics.  Since 1989, Dr. Leung has been Head of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology at National Jewish Health.  He has also been Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Colorado Denver since 1991.

Dr. Leung is the author of more than 500 publications, and has edited or co-edited 19 books.  He is current Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology , the most highly cited allergy/clinical immunology journal in the world; Associate Program Director of the University of Colorado Denver Clinical Translational Research Center (CTRC); and past Chairman of the AAAAI's Dermatologic Diseases Interest Section and their Atopic Dermatitis committee.  He is currently on the Board of Directors of the AAAAI. 

His major research interests include Immune Mechanisms of Atopic Dermatitis and Skin Infection.  He has delivered numerous named lectureships at National and International Meetings and received various awards: In 1983, he received the NIH Young Investigator Research Award; 1992-present, he has been listed in Woodward & White’s The Best Doctors in America; In 1995, he was the recipient of a NIH NHLBI MERIT Award for his work in Kawasaki Syndrome, and in 1997, he won the E. Mead Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Pediatrics.  Since 2002, he has been listed in The International Biographical Centre, Cambridge, Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century.  In 2003, he received the WAO Scientific Achievement Award, the NJMRC Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award for Clinical Research and Scientific American named his 2003 paper on peanut allergies in The New England Journal of Medicine as one of the top science stories of 2003.  In 2004, he was honored with The American Skin Association/SID Psoriasis Achievement Award for his work on the role of infection in inflammatory skin diseases.  The American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology has both named him to their Board of Directors for 2004-08, and honored him with the 2005 Robert Cooke Memorial Lectureship.  In 2006, Dr. Leung was recognized as one of ISI’s most highly cited authors in immunology (in the top.5% of citations in the last twenty years).  Since 2005 he has held the Edelstein Family Chair in Pediatric & Clinical Immunology at National Jewish Health. 


Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD