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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

Allergic Rhinitis

Allergy Testing


Atopic Dermatitis/Eczema

Drug Allergies

Food Allergy

Immunodeficiency Disorders


Insect Sting Allergy

Latex Allergies

Patch Testing

Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Preschool Wheezing

Pulmonary Function Test

Recurrent Sinus Infection



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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Pediatrics
Department of Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

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

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

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
Kattan M Bacharier LB O'Connor GT Cohen R Sorkness RL Morgan W Gergen PJ Jaffee KF Visness CM Wood RA Bloomberg GR Doyle S Burton R Gern JE Spirometry and Impulse Oscillometry in Preschool Children: Acceptability and Relationship to Maternal Smoking in Pregnancy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract . 2018 Feb 13;
[PubMed ID: 29449165]
Chandra S Wingender G Greenbaum JA Khurana A Gholami AM Ganesan AP Rosenbach M Jaffee K Gern JE Wood R O'Connor G Sandel M Kattan M Bacharier L Togias A Horner AA Kronenberg M Development of Asthma in Inner-City Children: Possible Roles of MAIT Cells and Variation in the Home Environment. J Immunol . 2018 Feb 5;
[PubMed ID: 29431692]
Bashir H Grindle K Vrtis R Vang F Kang T Salazar L Anderson E Pappas T Gangnon R Evans MD Jackson DJ Lemanske RF Jr. Bochkov YA Gern JE Association of rhinovirus species with common cold and asthma symptoms and bacterial pathogens. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2018 Feb;141(2):822-824.e9
[PubMed ID: 29111214]
Kim CK Callaway Z Gern JE Viral Infections and Associated Factors That Promote Acute Exacerbations of Asthma. Allergy Asthma Immunol Res . 2018 Jan;10(1):12-17
[PubMed ID: 29178673]
Ludka-Gaulke T Ghera P Waring SC Keifer M Seroogy C Gern JE Kirkhorn S Farm exposure in early childhood is associated with a lower risk of severe respiratory illnesses. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2018 Jan;141(1):454-456.e4
[PubMed ID: 28870458]
Barkal LJ Procknow CL �lvarez-García YR Niu M Jiménez-Torres JA Brockman-Schneider RA Gern JE Denlinger LC Theberge AB Keller NP Berthier E Beebe DJ Microbial volatile communication in human organotypic lung models. Nat Commun . 2017 Nov 24;8(1):1770
[PubMed ID: 29176665]
Bønnelykke K Coleman AT Evans MD Thorsen J Waage J Vissing NH Carlsson CJ Stokholm J Chawes BL Jessen LE Fischer TK Bochkov YA Ober C Lemanske RF Jr Jackson DJ Gern JE Bisgaard H CDHR3 Genetics and Rhinovirus C Respiratory Illnesses. Am J Respir Crit Care Med . 2017 Nov 9;
[PubMed ID: 29121479]
DeMuri GP Gern JE Eickhoff JC Lynch SV Wald ER Dynamics of bacterial colonization with Streptococcus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae and Moraxella catarrhalis during symptomatic and asymptomatic viral upper respiratory infection. Clin Infect Dis . 2017 Nov 7;
[PubMed ID: 29121208]
Gern JE Picornavectors. Viruses That Spread Bacteria. Am J Respir Crit Care Med . 2017 Nov 1;196(9):1095-1096
[PubMed ID: 28628339]
Barlow-Anacker A Bochkov Y Gern J Seroogy CM Neonatal immune response to rhinovirus A16 has diminished dendritic cell function and increased B cell activation. PLoS One . 2017;12(10):e0180664
[PubMed ID: 29045416]
Esquivel A Busse WW Calatroni A Togias AG Grindle KG Bochkov YA Gruchalla RS Kattan M Kercsmar CM Khurana Hershey G Kim H Lebeau P Liu AH Szefler SJ Teach SJ West JB Wildfire J Pongracic JA Gern JE Effects of Omalizumab on Rhinovirus Infections, Illnesses, and Exacerbations of Asthma. Am J Respir Crit Care Med . 2017 Oct 15;196(8):985-992
[PubMed ID: 28608756]
Rota AP Bacharier LB Jaffee K Visness CM Kattan M O'Connor GT Wood RA Gergen PJ Gern JE Bloomberg GR Screen Time Engagement Is Increased in Urban Children With Asthma. Clin Pediatr (Phila) . 2017 Oct;56(11):1048-1053
[PubMed ID: 28871879]
Jartti T Gern JE Role of viral infections in the development and exacerbation of asthma in children. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Oct;140(4):895-906
[PubMed ID: 28987219]
Gold DR Adamkiewicz G Arshad SH Celedón JC Chapman MD Chew GL Cook DN Custovic A Gehring U Gern JE Johnson CC Kennedy S Koutrakis P Leaderer B Mitchell H Litonjua AA Mueller GA O'Connor GT Ownby D Phipatanakul W Persky V Perzanowski MS Ramsey CD Salo PM Schwaninger JM Sordillo JE Spira A Suglia SF Togias A Zeldin DC Matsui EC NIAID, NIEHS, NHLBI, and MCAN Workshop Report: The indoor environment and childhood asthma-implications for home environmental intervention in asthma prevention and management. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Oct;140(4):933-949
[PubMed ID: 28502823]
O'Connor GT Lynch SV Bloomberg GR Kattan M Wood RA Gergen PJ Jaffee KF Calatroni A Bacharier LB Beigelman A Sandel MT Johnson CC Faruqi A Santee C Fujimura KE Fadrosh D Boushey H Visness CM Gern JE Early-life home environment and risk of asthma among inner-city children. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Sep 12;
[PubMed ID: 28939248]
Gill MA Liu AH Calatroni A Krouse RZ Shao B Schiltz A Gern JE Togias A Busse WW Enhanced plasmacytoid dendritic cell antiviral responses after omalizumab. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Sep 1;
[PubMed ID: 28870461]
Gern JE Calatroni A Jaffee KF Lynn H Dresen A Cruikshank WW Lederman HM Sampson HA Shreffler W Bacharier LB Gergen PJ Gold DR Kattan M O'Connor GT Sandel MT Wood RA Bloomberg GR Patterns of immune development in urban preschoolers with recurrent wheeze and/or atopy. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Sep;140(3):836-844.e7
[PubMed ID: 28089873]
Koistinen A Lukkarinen M Turunen R Vuorinen T Vahlberg T Camargo CA Jr Gern J Ruuskanen O Jartti T Prednisolone for the first rhinovirus-induced wheezing and 4-year asthma risk: A randomized trial. Pediatr Allergy Immunol . 2017 Sep;28(6):557-563
[PubMed ID: 28660720]
DeVries A Wlasiuk G Miller SJ Bosco A Stern DA Lohman IC Rothers J Jones AC Nicodemus-Johnson J Vasquez MM Curtin JA Simpson A Custovic A Jackson DJ Gern JE Lemanske RF Jr Guerra S Wright AL Ober C Halonen M Vercelli D Epigenome-wide analysis links SMAD3 methylation at birth to asthma in children of asthmatic mothers. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Aug;140(2):534-542
[PubMed ID: 28011059]
Silkoff PE Flavin S Gordon R Loza MJ Sterk PJ Lutter R Diamant Z Turner RB Lipworth BJ Proud D Singh D Eich A Backer V Gern JE Herzmann C Halperin SA Mensinga TT Del Vecchio AM Branigan P San Mateo L Baribaud F Barnathan ES Johnston SL Toll-like receptor 3 blockade in rhinovirus-induced experimental asthma exacerbations: A randomized controlled study. J Allergy Clin Immunol . 2017 Jul 20;
[PubMed ID: 28734844]