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Mary Beth Hogan, MD
Pediatrics, Allergy & Immunology

Doctor Specialty Pediatrics

Dr. Mary Beth Hogan, a professor, pediatric allergist and immunologist with the UNLV  Department of Pediatrics, has been involved in more than 30 grant-supported projects during her career.

“I believe that it is very important to combine research, particularly research that involves Nevadans’ daily lives, with state-of-the-art education for medical students and providing patients with quality medical care in my clinical practice,” Dr. Hogan said.

Her education includes an allergy/immunology fellowship at Northwestern University. Among her research interests are the sensitization of children to common environmental allergens, particularly those important to Nevada. She also studies the role of obesity in pediatric asthma, the impact of air-conditioning and swamp coolers on allergies, and how living in the Nevada desert climate leads to allergy and immunology-related issues experienced by her patients.

“Nevada is a unique place and has a unique desert micro-climate that leads to a year-long phenomenon for allergies, hay fever, and eczema,” she said. “ The allergy season here is continuous. I have done research into the atopic status of children in Nevada to understand how living in the micro environment of the Mojave Desert impacts allergies and the health of children with the goal of helping patients.” .

Publishing and presentations help Dr. Hogan connect the knowledge gained through research to patient care and medical education. Since earning her M.D. in 1989 at the University of Cincinnati, she has published more than 25 book chapters and reviews and more than 35 manuscripts.

“Only half of the medical schools in United States have an allergist/immunologist to conduct allergy and immunology education and care for adults and children with more complex disease,” she said. “ Very few pediatric allergist/immunologists enter academic medicine to both teach and care for children with complex allergy or primary immunodeficiency needs. My decision to work in an academic medical school like UNLV was based on my interest in bringing up to date clinical research to the bedside in caring for my patients while teaching the art and science of medicine to students and residents alike[MBH2] .”