Andrea Apter, MD is a Professor of Medicine, in the Section of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board-certified in both internal medicine and allergy and immunology and holds a Masters Degree in Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health. At Penn she is an Associate Scholar of the Center of Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, a past Director of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, and a past Board Member of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology. She is recipient of the Pulmonary Allergy Critical Care Division Allergy-immunology Section Burton Zweiman teaching award and received the Behavioral Science Health Services Section Lifetime teaching Award.
She served on the FDA Pulmonary Allergy Drug Advisory Committee, and the Allergenic Products Advisory Committee and also on NIH study sections and DSMBs. Dr. Apter's research concentrates on eliminating health disparities focusing on asthma and barriers to adherence, as well as the patient-provider relationship, and the impact of the health system and the social environment on patient health. In 2000 Dr. Apter received a Mentored Clinical Research Scientist Award (K23) from the NHLBI to study modifiable predictors of adherence. This project has resulted in several publications and led to the awarding of an R01 in 2005, "Individualized Interventions to Improve Asthma." She received a second career development award, K02 HL088469 (Literacy and improving patient-clinician encounters for asthma). She continues to receive funding and is currently working on an R18 (A Patient Advocate to improve real-world asthma management for inner city adults) and a PCORI grant ( AS 1307- 05218: Using IT to improve access, communications and asthma in African-American and Hispanic/Latino adults) PI)