Gordon R. Bloomberg, M.D.  bloomberg@kids.wustl.edu

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Professor Emeritus in Department of Pediatrics
Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine

phone: (314) 454-2694

Clinical Interests

Dr. Bloomberg is a member of the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Pulmonary Medicine. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Illinois and resident training in pediatrics at the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. He entered private pediatric practice in 1963 and was called to military service in 1966 during the Viet Nam war. After serving at Madigan General Hospital at Fort Lewis in Tacoma, Washington for two years he returned to general pediatric private practice. In 2002, Dr. Bloomberg left private practice to join the full time faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in the department of Pediatrics. He is board certified by American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. During his time in general pediatrics, Dr. Bloomberg served on several committees for St Louis Children’s Hospital and was elected as President of the Medical Staff. He was also awarded the Alumni/Faculty Award in 1999 from the School of Medicine for services to the Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Hospital. Dr. Bloomberg’s clinical research focuses on childhood asthma, allergic disorders, and antibiotic allergic reactions. He was for several years, a co-investigator in the Childhood Asthma Management Program, and co-investigator in the Childhood Asthma Research and Education Network, all multicenter network, NIH funded, studies of childhood asthma. Currently, Dr. Bloomberg is the principal investigator in St Louis for the Inner City Asthma Consortium and is conducting a birth cohort study, Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma, (URECA), of the antecedents of asthma in children of low income families living in central urban areas.


  • BS, Honors in History, University of Illinois1955
  • MD, University of Illinois College of Medicine1959


  • Internship, Michael Reese Hospital1959 - 1960
  • Residency , St. Louis Children's Hospital1960 - 1963
  • Fellowship, St. Louis Children's Hospital1962 - 1963

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 1963 - PresMO, Medical License
  • 1968 - PresAmerican Board of Pediatrics, Certificate #12545; Recertified 1980, 1986
  • 1979 - PresAmerican Board of Allergy and Immunology, Certificate #1718; Recertified 1983, 1989

Honors and Awards

  • University of Illinois, AB with Honors1955
  • Certificate of Achievement, U.S. Army, Madigan General Hospital1968
  • AMA Physician's Recognition Award1991
  • AMA Physician's Recognition Award1994
  • Recognition in Best doctors in America for General Pediatrics and for Pediatric Allergy1998 - 2012
  • Alumni/Faculty Award, Washington University Medical School1999
  • Recognized by St. Louis Children's Hospital as one of the top Washington University faculty with highest patient satisfaction scores. (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)2007 - 2010
  • Election to Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology for 2009-20142009 - 2014
  • Named FY10 Top Provider with the highest patient satisfaction scores in the Department of Pediatrics at St. Louis Children's Hospital2010
  • Distinguished Clinician Award, Washington University School of Medicine2015

Recent Publications view all (70)

  1. A computerized decision support tool to implement asthma guidelines for children and adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2019;143(5):1760-1768. PMCID:PMC6504600  PMID:30529451 
  2. Oral challenge outcomes in children with adverse aminopenicillin reactivity. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2019;122(4):422-424. PMID:30641194 
  3. Allergen-induced activation of natural killer cells represents an early-life immune response in the development of allergic asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;142(6):1856-1866. PMCID:PMC6123299  PMID:29518416 
  4. Early-life home environment and risk of asthma among inner-city children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018;141(4):1468-1475. PMID:28939248 
  5. Spirometry and Impulse Oscillometry in Preschool Children: Acceptability and Relationship to Maternal Smoking in Pregnancy. J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2018;6(5):1596-1603.e6. PMCID:PMC6089669  PMID:29449165 
  6. Screen Time Engagement Is Increased in Urban Children With Asthma. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017;56(11):1048-1053. PMID:28871879 
  7. Relationships among Maternal Stress and Depression, Type 2 Responses, and Recurrent Wheezing at Age 3 Years in Low-Income Urban Families. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017;195(5):674-681. PMID:27654103 
  8. Patterns of immune development in urban preschoolers with recurrent wheeze and/or atopy. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2017;pii:S0091-6749 (17)30030-1. PMID:28089873 
  9. Different Bla-g T cell antigens dominate responses in asthma versus rhinitis subjects. Clin Exp Allergy. 2015;45(12):1856-67. PMCID:PMC4654660  PMID:26414909 
  10. Relation between stress and cytokine responses in inner-city mothers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2015;115(5):439-445.e3. PMCID:PMC4814156  PMID:26409873 
  11. Seasonal risk factors for asthma exacerbations among inner-city children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015;135(6):1465-1473.e5. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.12.1942  PMCID:PMC4461505  PMID:25794658 
  12. Cord blood vitamin D concentrations are unrelated to atopy and wheeze in 2 diverse birth cohort studies. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2015;136(4):1108-1110e2. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2015.03.046  PMID:25979524 
  13. Effects of early-life exposure to allergens and bacteria on recurrent wheeze and atopy in urban children. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014;134(3):593-601.e12. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.04.018  PMID:24908147 
  14. Influence of early-life exposures on food sensitization and food allergy in an inner-city birth cohort. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2014. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2014.06.033  PMID:25129677 
  15. Circulating TSLP associates with decreased wheezing in non-atopic preschool children: data from the URECA birth cohort. Clin Exp Allergy. 2014;44(6):851-7. doi:10.1111/cea.12270  PMCID:PMC4037448  PMID:24397611 
  16. Using parental perceptions of childhood allergic rhinitis to inform primary care management. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2014;53(8):758-763. doi:10.1177/0009922814533590  PMID:24803628 
  17. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder stimulant medication reaction masquerading as chronic cough. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013;111(2):82-3. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2013.05.016  PMID:23886223 
  18. Lack of a relation between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations and asthma in adolescents. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;97(6):1228-34. doi:10.3945/ajcn.112.046961  PMCID:PMC3652921  PMID:23595876 
  19. A telephone coaching intervention to improve asthma self-management behaviors. Pediatr Nurs. 2013;39(3):125-30, 145. PMID:23926751 
  20. Comparison of the etiology of viral respiratory illnesses in inner-city and suburban infants. J Infect Dis. 2012;206(9):1342-9. doi:10.1093/infdis/jis504  PMCID:PMC3466995  PMID:23014674 
  21. Vancomycin-induced DRESS with evidence of T-cell activation in a 22-month-old patient. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012;109(4):280-1. doi:10.1016/j.anai.2012.07.016  PMID:23010236 
  22. Antiviral IFN-γ responses of monocytes at birth predict respiratory tract illness in the first year of life. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012;129(5):1267-1273.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2012.02.033  PMCID:PMC3340511  PMID:22460071 
  23. Development and validation of the Composite Asthma Severity Index--an outcome measure for use in children and adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2012;129(3):694-701. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2011.12.962  PMCID:PMC3294274  PMID:22244599 
  24. Longitudinal relationship of early life immunomodulatory T cell phenotype and function to development of allergic sensitization in an urban cohort. Clin Exp Allergy. 2012;42(3):392-404. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03882.x  PMID:22092655 
  25. Umbilical cord plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentration and immune function at birth: the Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma study. Clin Exp Allergy. 2011;41(6):842-50. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2222.2011.03712.x  PMCID:PMC3093441  PMID:21481021 
  26. The influence of environment, as represented by diet and air pollution, upon incidence and prevalence of wheezing illnesses in young children. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;11(2):144-9. doi:10.1097/ACI.0b013e3283445950  PMID:21368621 
  27. Relationships among environmental exposures, cord blood cytokine responses, allergy, and wheeze at 1 year of age in an inner-city birth cohort (Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma study). J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2011;127(4):913-9.e1-6. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2010.12.1122  PMCID:PMC3070829  PMID:21333343 
  28. Allergen-specific IgE as a biomarker of exposure plus sensitization in inner-city adolescents with asthma. Allergy. 2010;65(11):1414-22. doi:10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02412.x  PMCID:PMC3345161  PMID:20560910 
  29. Prenatal maternal stress and cord blood innate and adaptive cytokine responses in an inner-city cohort. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2010;182(1):25-33. doi:10.1164/rccm.200904-0637OC  PMCID:PMC2902757  PMID:20194818 
  30. Telephone coaching for parents of children with asthma: impact and lessons learned. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2010;164(7):625-30. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2010.91  PMID:20603462 
  31. The exacerbation component of impairment and risk in pediatric asthma. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;10(2):155-60. doi:10.1097/ACI.0b013e328335ce60  PMID:20010093 
  32. Asthma control, adiposity, and adipokines among inner-city adolescents. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2010;125(3):584-92. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2010.01.053  PMCID:PMC3596816  PMID:20226295 
  33. Relationship between infant weight gain and later asthma. Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2010;21(1 Pt 1):82-9. doi:10.1111/j.1399-3038.2009.00926.x  PMCID:PMC2887600  PMID:19725894 
  34. Parental characteristics, somatic fetal growth, and season of birth influence innate and adaptive cord blood cytokine responses. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009;124(5):1078-87. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2009.08.021  PMCID:PMC2796683  PMID:19895995 
  35. Recurrent wheezing illness in preschool-aged children: assessment and management in primary care practice. Postgrad Med. 2009;121(5):48-55. doi:10.3810/pgm.2009.09.2052  PMID:19820274 
  36. Asthma morbidity among inner-city adolescents receiving guidelines-based therapy: role of predictors in the setting of high adherence. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009;124(2):213-21, 221.e1. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2009.05.036  PMCID:PMC2757267  PMID:19615730 
  37. Collaboration with pediatric call centers for patient recruitment. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2009;163(6):588-9. doi:10.1001/archpediatrics.2009.73  PMID:19487619 
  38. The Urban Environment and Childhood Asthma (URECA) birth cohort study: design, methods, and study population. BMC Pulm Med. 2009;9:17. doi:10.1186/1471-2466-9-17  PMCID:PMC2689166  PMID:19426496 
  39. Socioeconomic, family, and pediatric practice factors that affect level of asthma control. Pediatrics. 2009;123(3):829-35. doi:10.1542/peds.2008-0504  PMCID:PMC2723164  PMID:19255010 
  40. Episodic use of an inhaled corticosteroid or leukotriene receptor antagonist in preschool children with moderate-to-severe intermittent wheezing. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2008;122(6):1127-1135.e8. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2008.09.029  PMCID:PMC2753208  PMID:18973936 
  41. Management of asthma based on exhaled nitric oxide in addition to guideline-based treatment for inner-city adolescents and young adults: a randomised controlled trial. Lancet. 2008;372(9643):1065-72. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(08)61448-8  PMCID:PMC2610850  PMID:18805335 
  42. Severe intermittent wheezing in preschool children: a distinct phenotype. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;119(3):604-10. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2006.12.607  PMID:17336610 
  43. What constitutes maintenance asthma care? The pediatrician's perspective. Ambul Pediatr. 2007;7(4):308-12. doi:10.1016/j.ambp.2007.03.007  PMID:17660103 
  44. Long-term comparison of 3 controller regimens for mild-moderate persistent childhood asthma: the Pediatric Asthma Controller Trial. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2007;119(1):64-72. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2006.09.042  PMID:17140647 
  45. Elective penicillin skin testing in a pediatric outpatient setting. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2006;97(6):807-12. doi:10.1016/S1081-1206(10)60973-8  PMID:17201241 
  46. Omalizumab for asthma. N Engl J Med. 2006;354(25):2689-95. doi:10.1056/NEJMct055184  PMID:16790701 
  47. Long-term inhaled corticosteroids in preschool children at high risk for asthma. N Engl J Med. 2006;354(19):1985-97. doi:10.1056/NEJMoa051378  PMID:16687711 
  48. Response profiles to fluticasone and montelukast in mild-to-moderate persistent childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2006;117(1):45-52. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2005.10.012  PMID:16387583 
  49. Characterization of within-subject responses to fluticasone and montelukast in childhood asthma. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005;115(2):233-42. doi:10.1016/j.jaci.2004.11.014  PMID:15696076 
  50. The Prevention of Early Asthma in Kids study: design, rationale and methods for the Childhood Asthma Research and Education network. Control Clin Trials. 2004;25(3):286-310. doi:10.1016/j.cct.2004.03.002  PMID:15157730 
  51. Hospitalization for asthma: atopic, pulmonary function, and psychological correlates among participants in the Childhood Asthma Management Program. Pediatrics. 2003;112(2):e85-92. PMID:12897312 
  52. Hospital readmissions for childhood asthma: a 10-year metropolitan study. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2003;167(8):1068-76. doi:10.1164/rccm.2201015  PMID:12684246 
  53. Growth and bone density in children with mild-moderate asthma: a cross-sectional study in children entering the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP). J Pediatr. 2003;142(3):286-91. PMID:12640377 
  54. Predictors of repeat hospitalizations in children with asthma: the role of psychosocial and socioenvironmental factors. Health Psychol. 2003;22(1):12-8. PMID:12558197 
  55. Prevalence of asthma: is the answer in our differences? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2002;89(4):348-9. doi:10.1016/S1081-1206(10)62033-9  PMID:12392377 
  56. Risk factors for asthma morbidity and mortality in a large metropolitan city. J Asthma. 2001;38(8):625-35. PMID:11758891 
  57. The prevalence of environmental exposure to perceived asthma triggers in children with mild-to-moderate asthma: data from the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP). J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2001;107(4):634-40. doi:10.1067/mai.2001.113869  PMID:11295651 
  58. Relationship between increased airway responsiveness and asthma severity in the childhood asthma management program. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2000;162(1):50-6. doi:10.1164/ajrccm.162.1.9811005  PMID:10903219 
  59. Long-term effects of budesonide or nedocromil in children with asthma. The Childhood Asthma Management Program Research Group. N Engl J Med. 2000;343:1054-63. doi:10.1056/NEJM200010123431501  PMID:11027739 
  60. Neurocognitive functioning in children with mild and moderate asthma in the childhood asthma management program. The Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) Research Group. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2000;105(4):717-24. PMID:10756221 
  61. The relationships among environmental allergen sensitization, allergen exposure, pulmonary function, and bronchial hyperresponsiveness in the Childhood Asthma Management Program. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999;104(4 Pt 1):775-85. PMID:10518821 
  62. Childhood Asthma Management Program Research Group (Bloomberg GR, Co-investigator). Recruitment of participants in the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP). Description of methods J Asthma. 1999;36:217-37. 
  63. Relationships between duration of asthma and asthma severity among children in the Childhood Asthma Management Program (CAMP) J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1999;103(3 Pt 1):376-87. PMID:10069869 
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