Joining FARE's Medical Advisory Board

I'm excited to announce that this past week,  I officially joined FARE's Medical Advisory Board, along with its Education Working Group!  If you're interested in reading more, the full press release is below.  To celebrate the occasion I'm posting a better picture of my family posing with NFL star Adrian Peterson at the recent FARE National Food Allergy Conference :)   


Food Allergy Research & Education Welcomes Dr. Ruchi Gupta to 
Medical Advisory Board, Education Working Group

McLean, Va. (July 17, 2014) – Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), the nation’s leading nonprofit dedicated to food allergy, announced Thursday that Ruchi Gupta, M.D., M.P.H., a researcher, pediatrician and professor, has been elected to its highly regarded Medical Advisory Board. Dr. Gupta has also joined FARE’s Education Working Group. 

Dr. Gupta, an associate professor of pediatrics and director of the Center for Maternal and Child Health at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of food allergy. Dr. Gupta is also a founding member of the Northwestern Food Allergy Research Consortium. Her research and clinical interests include childhood food allergy and childhood asthma. Dr. Gupta has authored over 50 peer-reviewed publications and has obtained grant support through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), FARE, the National Children's Study and the Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Physician Faculty Scholars award. Of particular note, Dr. Gupta was the lead author of the FARE-funded 2011 landmark study published by the journal Pediatrics on childhood food allergy prevalence in the U.S. More recently, she and her team published an economic impact study published in JAMA Pediatrics and funded by FARE, which concluded that caring for children with food allergies costs U.S. families $24.8 billion annually. 

Dr. Gupta is the pediatric attending at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and is the mother of a child with food allergies. Her key interest is in working to improve the state of childhood food allergy in the U.S. – specifically in the areas of economics, physician and school management, improving diagnostic tests and treatments and quality of life. She is also the author of the book, “The Food Allergy Experience.”

“Having dedicated much of my work to the area of food allergy, I am honored to work more closely with the nation’s leading food allergy nonprofit as a member of the Medical Advisory Board and the Education Working Group,” Dr. Gupta said. “As a mother of a child with food allergies, educating the public about this potentially life-threatening disease is a topic I am passionate about, and I look forward to working together with FARE in its mission to make the world safe for those with food allergies.”

Gupta joins FARE’s 12-member Medical Advisory Board, comprising the nation’s leading food allergy experts, and FARE’s 10-member Education Working Group, a multidisciplinary committee tasked with helping guide FARE’s education initiatives and materials.

“We are pleased to welcome Ruchi to FARE’s Medical Advisory Board and Education Working Group,” said John L. Lehr, chief executive officer of FARE. “As a researcher and the parent of a child with food allergies, she brings a unique perspective to her role on these committees. We have collaborated with Ruchi for several years, and she is well known to many in the food allergy community already. She will be a tremendous asset and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the years ahead.”


Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE) works on behalf of the 15 million Americans with food allergies, including all those at risk for life-threatening anaphylaxis. This potentially deadly disease affects 1 in every 13 children in the U.S. – or roughly two in every classroom. FARE’s mission is to find a cure for food allergies, and to keep individuals safe and included. We do this by investing in world-class research that advances treatment and understanding of the disease, providing evidence-based education and resources, undertaking advocacy at all levels of government and increasing awareness of food allergy as a serious public health issue. For more information, please visit and find us on Twitter @FoodAllergyFacebookYouTube and Pinterest.