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Sharmilee M. Nyenhuis

Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics and Department of Medicine

Sharmilee M. Nyenhuis is an allergist/immunologist committed to addressing disparities in unique and minority populations with asthma and allergic diseases. Her research portfolio aims to understand reasons for increased asthma severity in older adults, working with urban populations with recurrent emergency room visits for asthma, and to identify barriers to physical activity among African American women with asthma. Her overall goals are to expand the knowledge of lifestyle behavior change in asthma, to improve the lives of minority asthma sufferers, and to refine best practices for implementing physical activity into clinical practice.

Her work is funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She is a co-investigator for the PrecISE (Precision Interventions for Severe and/or Exacerbation-Prone Asthma) Network Study and serves on the Chicago Asthma Consortium Board.

Nyenhuis completed medical school and an internal medicine residency at the University of Illinois Chicago, and an allergy and clinical immunology fellowship at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She previously served as the director of the allergy/asthma/immunology program at UIC and was chief of the allergy section at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center.

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