Meet the EIB Experts
EIB All Stars and its resources have been developed in partnership with a committee of experts
on exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB). The following healthcare professionals and advocates reviewed the content on this site and will be
assisting with the creation of future content
and other materials related to the program.
JONATHAN PARSONS, MD, MSC
Ohio State University Asthma Center |
Dr. Jonathan Parsons is an Associate Professor of Internal Medicine and the Associate Director of The Ohio State University Asthma Center. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, and Critical Care Medicine.1
Dr. Parsons graduated magna cum laude with honors and distinction from Duke University. He went on to the Medical College of Ohio where he was elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and his fellowship in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at The Ohio State University.
Dr. Parsons' research interests focus on asthma, particularly athletes with asthma and exercise-induced asthma. He has published many papers in international journals related to asthma and given numerous presentations internationally. He currently serves as the chairman of the committee writing the clinical guidelines for diagnosis and management of exercise-induced bronchospasm for the American Thoracic Society.2
NANCY OSTROM, MD, CPI
Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center | San Diego, CA
Nancy K. Ostrom, MD, CPI is co-director of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center where she practices her clinical speciality of allergy and immunology and serves as an investigator for clinical research trials. Her medical teaching appointments include: Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, at the University of California, San Diego, and clinical preceptor for the allergy and immunology fellowship training program at Scripps Clinic Research Foundation.
Dr. Ostrom received her medical degree from Mayo Medical School, Rochester, Minnesota. She completed her internship and residency in Pediatrics where she received the Mayo Foundation Pediatric Award for Academic Achievement, and then completed a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine. She is a diplomat of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics and is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Ostrom has served on the Scientific Advisory Council of the American Lung Association and as chair of the Asthma Pharmacotherapeutics Committee of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Asthma Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Ostrom is a Certified Physician Investigator who serves as a consultant in Phase I-IV drug development processes and as an investigator in clinical studies evaluating the safety and efficacy of treatments for allergic rhinitis, asthma, and other associated disorders. She has published and lectured in the areas of allergic rhinitis, asthma, and exercise-induced asthma, which was the subject of a book chapter she authored.
GABRIEL R. ORTIZ, PA-C, DFAAPA
Pediatric Pulmonary Services | El Paso, TX
Gabriel R. Ortiz, MPAS, PA-C, is a Physician Assistant at Pediatric Pulmonary Services in El Paso, Texas. Ortiz earned his Bachelor's degree in microbiology in 1982 from Texas A & M University, and then received a Bachelor's in medical technology at the University of Texas at El Paso in 1984. He went on to earn his Bachlor of Science degree in Physician Assistant studies from the University of Texas Medical Branch in 1989, and his Master of Physician Assistant Studies degree from the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha in 1999.
Ortiz has held certificates from the National Commission on Certification of PAs since 1990, and the American Society of Clinical Pathologists since 1984. He has been a member of the American Academy of Physicians Assistants (AAPA) since 1989, the Texas Academy of PAs since 1992, and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals since 1995. He co-founded, and later served as president and treasurer of the AAPA-Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He is also co-founder, past-president, and member of the El Paso Area PA Association, as well as an associate member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Ortiz also serves as the liaison from the AAPA to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the AAAAI Liaison to the AAPA. He is the former AAPA liaison to the National Institutes of Health-National Asthma Education and Prevention Program-Coordinating Committee. In February 2008, he was awarded the recognition of Distinguished Fellow of the AAPA.3
MARY LOU HAYDEN, NP, AE-C
University of Virginia | Charlottesville, VA
Mary Lou Hayden, currently a nurse practitioner at the University of Virginia, has many years of experience in asthma, including more than nine years at Virginia Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Asthma in Richmond, and 17 years in the Asthma and Allergic Diseases Center at the University of Virginia.
Hayden received her undergraduate degree at the Stanford University School of Nursing, and then went on to receive her Masters in Science in the Family Health Clinician Program at the University of Rochester School Of Nursing. She is certified as a family nurse practitioner through the American Nurses Association Credentialing Center and as a certified asthma educator through the National Asthma Educator Certification Board.
Hayden is a member of numerous professional committees. She has been a continuous member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and is an active member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI), where she has served as vice-chair for Allied Health and vice-chair of the annual program committee; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), where she has served in several capacities, including co-chair for Allied Health and Clinical Research; and the Association of Asthma Educators, where she has served on the Board of Directors. She was the 2004 recipient of the Allied Health Award from AAAAI. Faculty affiliations have included Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia, and clinical preceptor for graduate nursing students at Virginia Commonwealth University.
JAMES L. THORTON, MA, ATC, CES
Clarion University | Clarion, PA
James L. Thorton is president of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and director of sports medicine and athletic training services at Clarion University in Clarion, Pa. where he has worked since 1990. He has an extensive background of 30 years in college athletics. Thornton is a member of the faculty at Clarion University and the adjunct faculty at California University of Pennsylvania. He oversees a department of three full-time athletic trainers, two certified graduate assistants and 20 athletic training students through the collaborative athletic training education program of California University of Pennsylvania. Since 1997, he has also served as liaison to the NCAA Wrestling Rules Committee and has been an education liaison and consultant for the National Academy of Sports Medicine for 13 years.
- OSU Sports Medicine. Jonathan Parsons MD.
affiliated_physicians/jonathan_parsons. Accessed August 2012.
- EIB Landmark Survey. Faculty. http://eiblandmarksurvey.com/faculty.aspx. Accessed August 2012.
- NewsLine for Physicians Assistants. Co-founder of AAPA-AAI Raises Awareness of Allergy and Asthma Pas. http://www.news-line.com/featureone.lasso?-Search=Action&-token.profession=PA&-token.target=featureone&-Table=webinfo&MaxRecords=50&-SkipRecords=0&-Database=press*&-KeyValue=1055. Accessed August 2012.