Asthma Clinical Research Center | Meet the Director

Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS

Wanda Phipatanakul, MD, MS (Principal Investigator/Director) has dedicated much of her career to clinical research aimed at reducing and preventing asthma and allergic diseases in children, particularly inner-city children. She directs the Clinical Research Center in the Division of Asthma, Allergy, Dermatology, Rheumatology, and Immunology, at Boston Children's Hospital and is a Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.

Originally from St. Louis, she earned her medical degree from Loma Linda University in 1994 and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 1997. After completing a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Johns Hopkins University in 2000, she joined the faculty in the Division of Immunology and Allergy at Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where she has remained since 2000. She holds a Master of Science in clinical epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health received in 2004.

Dr. Phipatanakul has built a deep network of community relationships, and she conducts both school- and home-based asthma studies with inner-city children and has a passion for understanding environmental and modifiable risk factors aimed to reduce health disparities and prevention strategies and leads many conducts trials aimed to treat, prevent, and cure. She has authored hundreds of publications in scientific journals, including JAMA and the New England Journal of Medicine.. She enjoys translating the findings from her research and others to improve how she cares for her patients and particularly is dedicated to mentoring the next generation of investigators to move the field.