Donald Y M Leung, PhD, MD Make an Appointment Ask a Question Refer Patient Donald Y M Leung, PhD, is an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health. Dr. Leung serves as Division Head of Pediatric Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Professor Head, Division of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology Department of Pediatrics 5280 Top Doctors 2020 Previously a 5280 Top Doctor America’s Top Doctors 2015 — Castle Connolly, Medical, Ltd. Recognized in America’s Top Doctors — Castle Connolly, Inc. Best Doctors in America® 2019-2020 — Best Doctors, Inc. Recognized in Best Doctors in America® — Best Doctors, Inc. America’s Top Doctors 2020 — Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. Email Profile Print Profile Overview Contact Info & Locations Patient Ratings & Comments Programs & Services Allergy & Asthma Program (Pediatric) Asthma Treatment Programs (Pediatric) Division of Pediatric Allergy & Clinical Immunology Eczema Program (Pediatric) National Jewish Health for Kids / Pediatric Programs Outpatient Clinic (Pediatric) Specialties & Conditions Allergic Rhinitis (Pediatric) Allergy (Pediatric) Allergy in Children Asthma (Pediatric) Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) (Pediatric) Food Allergy (Pediatric) Research Areas Basic Immunology Cellular and Molecular Biology Infectious Diseases Inflammation Allergy (Pediatric) Asthma (Pediatric) Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis) (Pediatric) Related Clinical Trials Allergy Development in Babies Atopic Dermatitis & Skin Infections Investigational Treatment for Food Allergies Skin Reactions to Cancer Immunotherapy Systemic Allergic Reaction to SARS-CoV-2 Vaccination Understanding Allergy Development in Infants Water Loss in the Skin of Pediatric Eczema Patients Special Interests Research Interests My research focuses on mechanisms by which bacteria and viruses contribute to skin inflammation of atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. I am interested in why patients with atopic dermatitis are prone to microbial infection. As well, I have an interest in mechanisms resulting steroid resistance and the treatment of peanut allergy. See More View Curriculum Vitale News & Videos Clinical Trial Offers Natural Eczema Treatment, Using Good Bacteria to Fight the Bad Compound in Breast Milk Fights Harmful Bacteria Cracks in the Skin of Eczema Patients Promote Allergic Diseases National Jewish Health Named FARE Clinical Network Center of Excellence New Insights Inspire Treatment and Prevention Strategies for Eczema Researchers Discover New Source of Skin Defects in Eczema Researchers Identify Skin Abnormalities in Eczema Patients Who Develop Food Allergies Staph Bacteria on Skin Associated with Food Allergy among Atopic Dermatitis Patients Education Education 1977 University of Chicago, MD 1975 University of Chicago, PhD, Biochemistry Residency 1978 - 1979 Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Resident in Pediatrics 1977 - 1978 Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Intern in Pediatrics Fellowship 1979 - 1981 Boston Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Fellow in Allergy and Immunology 1977 - 1979 Harvard Medical School, Clinical Fellow in Pediatrics Awards & Recognition 2014-2015, 2017-2018: Best Doctors in America, Best Doctors, Inc. 2013, 2018: America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd. 2012: Named by US News and World Report as among the top 1% of physicians 2012: AAAAI Distinguished Service Award 2012: Sir QW Lecturer, Hong Kong Allergy Convention 2011: Reviewer, NIH/National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Special Emphasis Panel for ancillary asthma clinical trials 2009: Arthur Rook Oration at 79th British Assn of Dermatology 2008: Reviewer, The Center for Scientific Review National Institutes of Health, Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) 2008: NIH/FDA Expert Panel on Food Allergy 2008: Outstanding Scientific Achievement in Clinical Research Award, NJH 2007: Soc of Investigative Dermatology, Julius Stone Lectureship 2007: Chair, Medical Advisory Board, Food Allergy Initiative 2007: NIH/NIAID Res Advisory Council 2006-09: SPR E Mead Johnson Award Selection Comm 2006: ISI Most Highly Cited Authors in Immunology (top half percent of citations in previous 20 years) 2005: Robert Cooke Memorial Lectureship at AAAAI 2004-08: Board of Dir, AAAAI 2004: American Skin Assoc Annual Psoriasis Achievement Award 2004: Edelstein Chair in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology, NJH 2004: Pfizer Visiting Professorship, Univ Chicago 2004: Erich Hoffmann Mem Lecturership, Bonn 2004: 17th James N. Gilliam Mem Lectureship, Univ Texas SW Med Ctr, Dallas 2003: Leung Peanut Allergy NEJM Article named one of Top Science Stories by Sci Am 2003: Ghoury Mem Lectureship at Univ Cincinnati Med Ctr 2003: WAO Scientific Achievement Award, Vancouver. 2003: Outstanding Scientific Achievement Award, NJH 2003: Pfizer visiting Professorship, St Christopher’s Hosp Children, Philadelphia. 2002: Listed in International Biographical Ctr, Cambridge Outstanding Scientists of the 21st Century 2002: Stanislaus Jaros Lectureship at ACAAI Annual Mtg 2002: Burton Zweiman Lectureship at 2002 AAAAI Mtg 1998: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1998 to 2007: Consulting Editor, The Journal of Clinical Investigation 1997: E. Mead Johnson Award for Outstanding Research in Pediatrics 1995-2004: Recipient of NIH National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute MERIT Award for Studies in Kawasaki Syndrome 1993: Associate Program Director, Clinical Translational Research Ctr, University of Colorado Denver 1993: American Society for Clinical Investigation 1992-97: Member, NIH General Medicine A Study Section 1992-present: Listed in Woodward & White’s The Best Doctors in America 1991-94: Immunology and Microbiology Study Committee, American Heart Association 1991: AFCR Henry Christian Award for Excellence in Research 1983-85: NIH Young Investigator Research Award 1979-81: NIH National Research Service Award 1970-77: NIH Medical Scientist Training Program Board Certification American Board of Pediatrics(#28313) American Board of Allergy-Immunology (#2420) Colorado State Board of Medical Examiners (License #29944) Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology (American Board of Allergy and Immunology: Certificate #0127) Professional Memberships American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, American Association of Immunologists, American Federation of Clinical Research, Collegium International Allergologicum, Society for Pediatric Research, Society for Investigative Dermatology, American Society for Clinical Investigation Publications Irvine AD, McLean WHI, Leung DYM. Filaggrin mutations: Associations with skin and allergic diseases. N Engl J Med 2011; 365(14): 1315-27. Searing DA, Zhang Y, Murphy JR, Hauk PJ, Goleva E, Leung DY. Decreased serum vitamin D levels in children with asthma are associated with increased corticosteroid usage. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2010; 125:995-1000. Leung DYM, Gao PS, Grigoryev DN, Rafaels NM, Streib JE, Howell M D, Taylor PA, Boguniewicz M, Canniff J, Armstrong B, Zaccaro DJ, Schneider LC, Hata TR, Hanifin JM, Beck LA,Weinberg A, Barnes KC. Human atopic dermatitis complicated by eczema herpeticum is associated with abnormalities in gamma interferon response. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011; 127:965-73. PMID: 21458658. PMCID: PMC3074534 Leung DY, Sampson HA, Yunginger JW, Burks AW Jr, Schneider LC, Wortel CH, Davis FM, Hyun JD, Shanahan WR Jr, for the TNX-901 Peanut Allergy Study Group. Effect of anti-IgE therapy (TNX-901) in patients with peanut allergy. N Engl J Med 2003;348:986-93. Ong PY, Ohtake T, Brandt C, Strickland I, Boguniewicz M, Ganz T, Gallo RL, Leung DY. Endogenous antimicrobial peptides and skin infections in atopic dermatitis. N Engl J Med 2002;347:1151-60. Academic Affiliations Professor of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver Teaching & Professional Positions 2013 NIAID Immune Tolerance Network, Steering Committee 2012:NIAID National Allergy and Infectious Disease Advisory Council, Ad hoc member 2007:NIAID National Allergy and Infectious Disease Advisory Council, Ad hoc Member 2006: Research Advisory Committee, University of Colorado Denver 1998: Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology 1994: Director, NIH Clinical Research Center, National Jewish Health 1991: Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver 1990-91: Associate Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, University of Colorado Denver 1989: Head, Division of Pediatric Allergy-Immunology, National Jewish Health 1989: Senior Staff Physician, National Jewish Health 1987-89: Associate Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 1987-89: Director of Allergy Program, Children’s Hospital (Boston, MA) 1983-87: Assistant Professor, Dept of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School 1981-83: Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School Conflicts of Interest National Jewish Health physicians and scientists may collaborate with pharmaceutical or other industries to develop medical and scientific breakthroughs or to provide education on trends in quality medical practice and outcomes to physicians and health professionals around the country. 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