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Allison Reiss, MD
Chair, Eastern Section
Current Position: Dr. Allison B. Reiss is Head of Inflammation Section at Winthrop Research Institute as part of Winthrop University Hospital and Associate Professor of Medicine at SUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine
Education: She received her BS in Biology from CUNY Brooklyn College and her MD from SUNY Downstate College of Medicine
Clinical Interest: Cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer's disease
Research Interest: Immune regulation of lipid metabolism in atherosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease
Award and Honor: American Heart Association Grant-in-Aid (current)
Current AFMR position: Chair, Eastern Section
Dr. Reiss is a physician/scientist and educator with over 25 years of experience in basic and translational research. In 2004, she joined Winthrop University Hospital where she is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine. Dr. Reiss is the Head of an Inflammation Laboratory that focuses on the effect of immune and inflammatory processes on the delicate balance of cholesterol inflow and outflow from cells in the arterial wall and brain. Her lab looks specifically at atherosclerosis in diabetes, renal failure, and rheumatic diseases and at lipid flux in Alzheimer’s disease.
After completing a residency in Internal Medicine at UMDNJ-Rutgers, Dr. Reiss spent five years doing post-doctoral work in Molecular Biology at NYU School of Medicine. This was followed by further training in macrophage and endothelial cell biology in the Division of Hepatic Diseases at NYU School of Medicine. While pursuing this path, she also continued clinical practice on a part-time basis. In 1994, her laboratory published the first paper demonstrating that cholesterol metabolism takes place in vascular endothelium via the enzyme P450 27-hydroxylase.
Recent publications have characterized the effect of methotrexate and biologic anti-TNF agents on cholesterol transport. Dr. Reiss has been an AFMR Member since the 1990s and believes in the vital mission of the organization to encourage physicians to involve themselves in biomedical research. As Chair of the AFMR Membership Committee, she is eager to spread the word about all the enrichment and advocacy opportunities available to all AFMR. Dr. Reiss greatly enjoys teaching and mentoring students at all levels.