Dr. Gurjit Khurana Hershey is the Director of the Division of Asthma Research and is an Endowed Professor of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. She graduated with Highest Distinction Honors in Biochemistry from the University of Iowa. She then completed the MD/PhD program at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. After completing a pediatrics residency at St. Louis Children's Hospital Medical Center, Dr. Hershey went on to complete a fellowship in allergy/immunology at St. Louis Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Hershey was appointed to the faculty at the University of Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in 1997. Since that time, she has built a large research program focused on delineating the mechanisms of allergic inflammation. She has been continuously NIH funded for over 17 years, and is the PI of an NIH-funded U19 Asthma and Allergic Diseases Cooperative Research Center, the site Director of the Inner City Asthma Consortium, and the PI of the Ohio Pediatric Asthma Repository. She has published over 130 articles in journals including the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dr. Hershey is a member of the National Advisory Allergy and Infectious Diseases Council (NAAIDC) of the National Institutes of Health. She is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She serves on the Executive Program Committee, is Chair of the Basic and Clinical Immunology Interest Section, Vice Chair of the Interest Section Coordinating Committee, Chair of the Grant Review Committee, and is the Chair of the Genetics, Molecular Biology, and Epidemiology committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI). She is an active board member of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), and she is an appointed Chair of the Conjoint Standards Committee and Conflict of Interest Committee for the ABAI. She is an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Pediatric Society, and the Society for Pediatric Research. Dr. Khurana Hershey is a 2008 participant of the Drexel Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine Program, 2013 Harvard Senior Faculty Leadership Program, and 2014 Association of Medical School Pediatric Department Chairs. She was named One of the Five Leading Women in Healthcare in the Greater Cincinnati Metropolitan Area by Women's Business Cincinnati Magazine, and nominated Outstanding Woman at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. Dr. Khurana Hershey is a Diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics.