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Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology

Specialty Areas: management of allergies, penicillin allergy evaluation/de-labeling, chronic urticaria and angioedema, allergic rhinitis, chronic and current sinusitis, asthma and chronic cough.

Chronology: BS: Cornell University, 1994; PhD Emory University, 2001; MD: Emory University, 2003; Resident: University of North Carolina, 2003-2005; Rheumatology/Allergy & Immunology Fellow: University of North Carolina, 2005-2010; Clinical Assistant Professor: University of Pennsylvania, 2010-2015; Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine: University of North Carolina, 2015 to present.

Description of Research: Dr. Kwan’s research interests include penicillin allergy testing to improve health outcomes and costs in a large healthcare system in both inpatient and outpatient settings.  Additionally, Dr. Kwan has interests in how new biologic and small molecule inhibitor medications utilized in treatment of inflammatory and oncologic conditions may have adverse immune effects leading to immune compromise/deficiency, and has been active in bringing this to the attention of allergists in practice.

Selected Bibliography: 

S.Z. Sheikh, E.G.A. Iglesia, M. Underwood, S. Saxena-Beem, M. Kwan. Lupus (Los Angel), Clinician’s Perceptions of a CME Activity to Increase Knowledge of Vaccination in Adults with Chronic Inflammatory Conditions, 2019;4(2):146.

S.E. Henrickson, M.A. Ruffner, and M. Kwan. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, Unintended Immunological Consequences of Biologic Therapy, 2016;16(6):46.

M. Gupta, K. Jafri, R. Sharim, S. Silverman, S.B. Sindher, A. Shahane, M. Kwan. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, Immune Reconstitution Inflammatory Syndrome Associated with Biologic Use, 2015;15(2):499.

M. Bhagat, S.T. Sehra, A. Shahane, and M. Kwan. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, Utility of Testing in Suspected Rheumatologic Disease, 2014;14(1):405.

I. Fung, J.P. Garrett, A. Shahane, and M. Kwan. Current Allergy and Asthma Reports, Do Bugs Control Our Fate?: The Influence of the Microbiome on Autoimmunity, 2012;12(6):511-9.

I.C. Allen, C.M. Jania, J.E. Wilson, E.M. Tekeppe, X. Hua, W.J. Brickey, M. Kwan, B.H. Koller, S.L. Tilley, J.P. Ting. Journal of Immunology, Analysis of NLRP3 in the development of allergic airway disease in mice., 2012;188(6):2884-93.


  • Phone Number

    984-974-2645 (Office Phone)

  • Address

    UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic

    6013 Farrington Road, Bldg 200, Ste 300

    Chapel Hill, NC 27517