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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Gern is board-certified in Allergy and Immunology and Pediatrics. His areas of interest include childhood allergies, asthma, food allergies, and immune deficiency.


Pediatric Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

UW Health Clinics

West Clinic
(608) 263-6180 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Medicine

Department of Pediatrics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Allergy & Immunology
Fellowship Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD
Internship State University of New York, Syracuse, NY
Medical School University of Southern Florida, Tampa, 1981


Madison Magazine Top Docs 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2014

Best Doctors® in America 2013

Madison Magazine Top Docs 2012

Best Doctors® in America 2011

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

Programs & Conditions

  • Allergic Rhinitis
  • Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema
  • Drug Allergies
  • Food Allergy
  • Immunodeficiency Disorders
  • Insect Sting Allergy
  • Latex Allergies
  • Preschool Wheezing
  • Recurrent Sinus Infection
  • Uticaria

Dr. Gern leads several NIH-funded studies to define the role of viral infections in the initiation and disease activity of asthma, and to identify interactions between host and viral factors that determine the severity of respiratory illnesses. He is the Principal Investigator for the University of Wisconsin Asthma and Allergic Diseases Clinical Research Center.

PubMed Articles
Hasegawa K Linnemann RW Avadhanula V Mansbach JM Piedra PA Gern JE Camargo CA Jr . Detection of respiratory syncytial virus and rhinovirus in healthy infants. BMC Res Notes. 2015 Nov 25;8(1):718
[PubMed ID: 26608824]
Gruenberg DA Wright RJ Visness CM Jaffee KF Bloomberg GR Cruikshank WW Kattan M Sandel MT Wood RA Gern JE . Relation between stress and cytokine responses in inner-city mothers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015 Nov;115(5):439-445.e3
[PubMed ID: 26409873]
Gern JE . Virus/Allergen Interaction in Asthma Exacerbation. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2015 Nov;12 Suppl 2:S137-43
[PubMed ID: 26595729]
Teach SJ Gill MA Togias A Sorkness CA Arbes SJ Jr Calatroni A Wildfire JJ Gergen PJ Cohen RT Pongracic JA Kercsmar CM Khurana Hershey GK Gruchalla RS Liu AH Zoratti EM Kattan M Grindle KA Gern JE Busse WW Szefler SJ . Preseasonal treatment with either omalizumab or an inhaled corticosteroid boost to prevent fall asthma exacerbations. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Oct 23;
[PubMed ID: 26518090]
Coleman AT Jackson DJ Gangnon RE Evans MD Lemanske RF Jr Gern JE . Comparison of risk factors for viral and nonviral asthma exacerbations. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Oct;136(4):1127-1129.e4
[PubMed ID: 26194546]
Visness CM Sandel MT O'Connor G Gern JE Jaffee KF Wood RA Kattan M Bloomberg GR Dresen A Gergen PJ Gold DR Lemanske RF Jr Rajamanickam V Camargo CA Jr Jackson DJ . Cord blood vitamin D concentrations are unrelated to atopy and wheeze in 2 diverse birth cohort studies. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Oct;136(4):1108-1110.e2
[PubMed ID: 25979524]
Prazma CM Gern JE Weinstein SF Prillaman BA Stempel DA . The association between seasonal asthma exacerbations and viral respiratory infections in a pediatric population receiving inhaled corticosteroid therapy with or without long-acting beta-adrenoceptor agonist: A randomized study. Respir Med. 2015 Oct;109(10):1280-6
[PubMed ID: 26289742]
Loisel DA Du G Ahluwalia TS Tisler CJ Evans MD Myers RA Gangnon RE Møller EK Bønnelykke K Bisgaard H Jackson DJ Lemanske RF Jr Nicolae DL Gern JE Ober C . Genetic associations with viral respiratory illnesses and asthma control in children. Clin Exp Allergy. 2015 Sep 24;
[PubMed ID: 26399222]
Thomas AO Jackson DJ Evans MD Rajamanickam V Gangnon RE Fain SB Sorkness RL Okupa AY Thomas A Gern JE Lemanske RF Jr . Sex-related differences in pulmonary physiologic outcome measures in a high-risk birth cohort. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Aug;136(2):282-7
[PubMed ID: 25678088]
Gern JE . Promising candidates for allergy prevention. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jul;136(1):23-8
[PubMed ID: 26145984]
Schwantes EA Denlinger LC Evans MD Gern JE Jarjour NN Mathur SK . Severity of virus-induced asthma symptoms is inversely related to resolution IFN-λ expression. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jun;135(6):1656-9
[PubMed ID: 25784275]
Griggs TF Bochkov YA Nakagome K Palmenberg AC Gern JE . Production, purification, and capsid stability of rhinovirus C types. J Virol Methods. 2015 Jun 1;217:18-23
[PubMed ID: 25724434]
Teo SM Mok D Pham K Kusel M Serralha M Troy N Holt BJ Hales BJ Walker ML Hollams E Bochkov YA Grindle K Johnston SL Gern JE Sly PD Holt PG Holt KE Inouye M . The infant nasopharyngeal microbiome impacts severity of lower respiratory infection and risk of asthma development. Cell Host Microbe. 2015 May 13;17(5):704-15
[PubMed ID: 25865368]
Bochkov YA Watters K Ashraf S Griggs TF Devries MK Jackson DJ Palmenberg AC Gern JE . Cadherin-related family member 3, a childhood asthma susceptibility gene product, mediates rhinovirus C binding and replication. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Apr 28;112(17):5485-90
[PubMed ID: 25848009]
Jartti T Nieminen R Vuorinen T Lehtinen P Vahlberg T Gern J Camargo CA Jr Ruuskanen O . Short- and long-term efficacy of prednisolone for first acute rhinovirus-induced wheezing episode. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Mar;135(3):691-8.e9
[PubMed ID: 25129681]
Igartua C Myers RA Mathias RA Pino-Yanes M Eng C Graves PE Levin AM Del-Rio-Navarro BE Jackson DJ Livne OE Rafaels N Edlund CK Yang JJ Huntsman S Salam MT Romieu I Mourad R Gern JE Lemanske RF Wyss A Hoppin JA Barnes KC Burchard EG Gauderman WJ Martinez FD Raby BA Weiss ST Williams LK London SJ Gilliland FD Nicolae DL Ober C . Ethnic-specific associations of rare and low-frequency DNA sequence variants with asthma. Nat Commun. 2015 Jan 16;6:5965
[PubMed ID: 25591454]
McGowan EC Bloomberg GR Gergen PJ Visness CM Jaffee KF Sandel M O'Connor G Kattan M Gern J Wood RA . Influence of early-life exposures on food sensitization and food allergy in an inner-city birth cohort. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015 Jan;135(1):171-8
[PubMed ID: 25129677]
Ashraf S Brockman-Schneider R Gern JE . Propagation of rhinovirus-C strains in human airway epithelial cells differentiated at air-liquid interface. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1221:63-70
[PubMed ID: 25261307]
Palmenberg AC Gern JE . Classification and evolution of human rhinoviruses. Methods Mol Biol. 2015;1221:1-10
[PubMed ID: 25261302]
Coleman A Gern JE . Lentiviral hematopoietic stem cell gene therapy in patients with wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Pediatrics. 2014 Nov;134 Suppl 3:S182-3
[PubMed ID: 25363993]