Getting To Know Your Allergy Doctors

Our medical staff is a group of well-trained, caring individuals who work closely together in providing excellent care for those with hay fever, asthma, sinusitis, hives, and other allergic disorders. All of our doctor specialize in both Pediatric Allergy & Immunology and Adult Allergy & Immunology.

Morris Beck, M.D.

Morris Beck, M.D.Dr. Morris Beck is the founder of Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida and was in practice for over 45 years. He is the former Chief of Allergy at Miami Children’s Hospital as well as the Veteran’s Hospital in Miami. Dr. Beck is considered one of South Florida’s experts on allergic diseases and was recently voted one of South Florida’s “Top Doctors.” He has lectured extensively on allergic diseases particularly food allergy and asthma. Dr. Beck is certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology as well as the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and a Fellow of the College of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Beck recently retired and is currently residing in California.

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Mark Young, M.D.

Mark Young, M.D.Dr. Mark Young performed his Dr. Mark Young performed his Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology training at Georgetown University. He often lectures to physicians on Allergic Rhinitis and on the proper use of antihistamines. Dr. Young is certified by the American Board of Allergy/Immunology, and he is a member of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society. He is a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Young has been selected as one of the “Top Doctors” in his specialty. Dr. Young speaks English and Spanish.

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Elena Ubals, M.D.

Elena Ubals, M.D. Dr. Elena Ubals completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology at University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She has a particular interest in insect sting allergy and drug allergy; she lectures extensively on these and other allergic disorders. She is the Past Interim Director of Allergy at Miami Children’s Hospital. Dr. Ubals is certified by the American Board of Allergy/Immunology and a member of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society. She was recently selected as one of the “Top Doctors” in her specialty. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology as well as the American College of Allergy and Immunology. She speaks English and Spanish

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Neil Gershman, M.D.

Neil Gershman, M.D.Dr. Neil Gershman is a graduate of the University of Miami School of Medicine. He did his Internal Medicine training at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. During the fellowship he concentrated on asthma research involving inhaled steroids and other anti-asthma drugs. Dr. Gershman is certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology. He currently resides on the Advisory Board of the regional chapter of the American Lung Association. Dr. Gershman is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Nova Southeastern College of Osteopathic Medicine. He is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology as well as the American College of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Gershman was a past President of the Florida, Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society.

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Nina Ramirez, M.D.

Nina Ramirez, M.D.Dr. Nina Ramirez is a native of New York City. She graduated from Cornell University Medical College in 1978, and completed her residency training in Pediatrics at the Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. She performed her fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at the Children's Hospital National Medical Center in Washington, D.C. In July 2000, after 17 years in private practice, Dr. Ramirez returned to Fellowship training in the field of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology at the University Of South Florida College Of Medicine in Tampa. She has lectured frequently and is an author on issues related to allergy and pulmonary diseases. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Ramirez is a Fellow of the American Academy Of Pediatrics, the American College Of Chest Physicians, and a member of the American Academy Of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Ramirez was just named a Florida Super Doctor in allergy for 2010-2011.

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Maureen Miller, M.D.

Maureen E. Miller, M.D.Dr. Maureen E. Miller joined Asthma & Allergy Associates of FL, P.A. in November 2005, but has been a practicing allergist in South Florida since 1996. She received her B.S. in Biology from The Catholic University of America, Washington D.C. in 1987 and her medical degree from University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa in 1991. Dr. Miller completed her residency in Internal Medicine at the Maine Medical Center and her fellowship in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology at the University of Cincinnati. She is a Diplomat of the American Boards of Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the Joint Council of Allergy and Immunology and the Florida Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society. She has been named a Florida Super Doctor for the past two years. Her particular areas of interest include asthma and food allergies.

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Jose Moreno, M.D.

Jose N. Moreno, M.D.Dr. Jose N. Moreno completed both his undergraduate and medical school training at the University of Puerto Rico. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University Hospital in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and the San Juan City Hospital. His fellowship in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology along with a Masters in Science was completed at the University of Michigan. Dr. Moreno is board certified in Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology with re-certification in 1991 and 2001. Dr. Moreno has had an illustrious career in academic medicine. He was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Ruiz-Arnau Hospital in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Chief of the Allergy Section of Clinical Medicine at San Juan City Hospital, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, and later Professor of Clinical Medicine at the University of Miami School of Medicine. He retired from the University of Miami in 2007. Dr. Moreno has published extensively in the medical literature and conducted medical research in the areas of Drug Allergies; HIV/Aids, Immune modulators and angioedema. He lectures nationally and internationally in the fields of Allergy and Immunology. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians, member of the Infectious Disease Society of America, American Academy of HIV Medicine and John Sheldon Allergy Society. Dr. Moreno has been selected among America's Top Doctors and Florida Super Doctors. He joined Asthma & Allergy Associates of Florida, PA. In January of 2008.

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Zurik Waxenghiser, M.D.

Zurik Waxenghiser, M.D.Dr. Zurik Waxenghiser was born and raised in Lima, Peru. He completed his Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology fellowship at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in1995 after completing a pediatric residency at Women and Children’s Hospital in Charleston, West Virginia. He has been practicing allergy and immunology since moving to Miami in 1995. Dr. Waxenghiser joined Asthma and Allergy Associates in January of 2008. He is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in allergy and immunology. He is a current member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Charlene Shookoff, M.D.

Charlene S. Shookoff, M.D. Dr. Charlene S. Shookoff joined our practice in 2009, but has been practicing Allergy & Immunology in South Florida for over 10 years. She did her fellowship training in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City. Prior to that, she completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at Lincoln Hospital in New York. She is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Shookoff is fluent in Spanish and English.

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Michelle Eisenfeld, M.D.

Michelle L. Eisenfeld, M.D.Dr. Michelle L. Eisenfeld completed her undergraduate studies at Brandeis University, with concentrations in Spanish Language & Literature and Latin American Studies. She received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. Her residency training in Pediatrics was done at the Children's Hospital at Montefiore of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She then stayed on to complete her fellowship training in Pediatric and Adult Allergy & Immunology at Montefiore Medical Center of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. She is board certified in Pediatrics and board certified in Allergy & Immunology. She is a current member of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. Dr. Eisenfeld is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Rolando Nuñez, M.D.

Rolando A. Nuñez, M.D.Dr. Rolando A. Nuñez joined Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida in 2011, after completing his Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology Fellowship at National Jewish Health. National Jewish Health is widely regarded as the #1 respiratory hospital in the United States. He obtained his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry at California State University, Long Beach, prior to attending medical school at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is specialized in pediatric care completing his internship and residency in pediatrics at UCSF-Fresno. During his fellowship Dr. Nuñez focused his research on Obesity and its effects on Asthma, an area where extensive research still continues. Dr. Nuñez is a fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI). He is certified by the American Board of Allergy/Immunology. He was born in Puerto Rico and is fluent in both Spanish and English.

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Yoram Padeh, M.D.

Yoram C. Padeh, M.D.Dr. Yoram C. Padeh joined Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida in April 2012. He graduated from Columbia University in New York, NY summa cum laude and Early Phi Beta Kappa and attended the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in the Bronx, NY, where he received his medical degree. He completed his internship and residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, FL where he served as the Internal Medicine Chief Resident. He then returned to Albert Einstein for a fellowship in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Padeh is currently board certified in Allergy and Immunology. He is fluent in both English and Spanish and has been treating patients in our specialty for over six years.

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Carmen Sainz, M.D.

Carmen Sainz, M.D.Dr. Carmen Sainz is originally from Spain. She completed her Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology training at the U. of Southern California in Los Angeles after finishing a residency in Pediatrics at Miami Children´s Hospital. She is Board certified in Allergy/ Immunology and Pediatrics. Dr. Sainz is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. She is also a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and has the honor to serve in its International Committee. Dr. Sainz began her private practice in Miami in 1985, heading the Coral Gables Allergy and Asthma Center for over a decade and a half. After being in Europe in recent years, she joined Asthma and Allergy Associates of Florida in autumn, 2012. Patient education is a distinctive trait in her practice, being specially interested in anaphylaxis and respiratory allergies.

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Dr. Yasmeen Khan, MD

Dr. Yasmeen Khan, MDDr. Yasmeen Khan was born and raised in India. She earned her medical degree from Lady Hardinge Medical College and MD in Pharmacology from Maulana Azad Medical College both at Delhi University. She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Miami/JFK Medical Center campus. She then did her Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology Fellowship training at the State University of New York-Buffalo. She is board-certified in Internal Medicine and in Allergy/Immunology. Dr. Khan has also completed a clinical research Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Asthma/Allergy at the University of Florida (Gainesville,FL). She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Medical Association, and member of the Indian Pharmacological Society. She is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi.

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Jose Carpio, MD

Dr. Jose Carpio, MDDr. Carpio hails from El Salvador. He did his Pediatric residency at Louisiana State University. He then did his fellowship training in Pediatric Allergy and Immunology as well as Adult Allergy and Immunology at Kings County Hospital - SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He has practiced pediatric and adult Allergy/Immunology in South Florida for 22 years. Dr. Carpio is fluent in Spanish and English

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Maria A. Barcena, MD

Dr. Maria A. Barcena, MDDr. Maria A. Barcena received her medical degree in Bogota, Colombia. She went on to complete a 3 year Internal Medicine residency at University Hospitals of Cleveland in Ohio. She remained in Cleveland to complete an additional 2 years in the Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation were she treated adults and children. During her fellowship, she participated in research projects to advance the knowledge of drug allergy and patient safety. At the Cleveland Clinic, she enhanced medical care of immunodeficiency patients suffering from recurrent infections (i.e. pneumonias, recurrent sinusitis) through the use of social media. She also studied the relationship between allergy skin testing and environmental allergies. Dr. Barcena is a member of the American College of Allergy and Immunology as well as the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and is board eligible for the American Board of Allergy & Immunology.  Dr. Barcena is fluent in English and Spanish.

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Shreya Patel, MD

Dr. Shreya Patel, MDDr. Shreya Patel completed her fellowship training in Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and Adult Allergy/Immunology at Rutgers University in New Jersey. She has a special interest in food allergy and eczema. Dr. Patel is board certified in pediatrics and board eligible in allergy and immunology. She is a member of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She is fluent in English, Spanish and Gujarati.

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