Our Mission

To promote and maintain the highest standard of medical care for patients with allergic and immunologic disorders. And to identify and effectively represent the common interests of all allergists and clinical immunologists in the state of California.

Our Mission

To promote and maintain the highest standard of medical care for patients with allergic and immunologic disorders. And to identify and effectively represent the common interests of all allergists and clinical immunologists in the state of California.

To fulfill this mission, the Society has established the following goals:

To unify the allergy/immunology clinicians, educators, researchers and lay advocates throughout the State of California.

To identify and, in cooperation with others, address the socioeconomic, political and ethical issues that influence specialists in allergy/immunology and their patients.

To sponsor and promote educational and scientific programs, studies and publications.

Board of Directors

The California Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is made up of well respected and highly acclaimed physicians in the State of California who specialize in allergy, asthma and immunology.

Marilyn Li, MD


Marilyn Li, MD, received her medical degree from the Alpert Medical School, Brown University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at LAC+USC Medical Center, and served a year as Chief Resident in Internal Medicine. She trained in Allergy and Immunology at LAC+USC Medical Center where she is actively involved in teaching and research. She is a strong advocate for patient education and community outreach, and is working with the Breathmobile® program. Dr. Li is a Diplomate of the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Madeleine Ramos, MD

Immediate Past President

Medical School: Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Illinois, 1995-1999
Residency: John Sealy Hospital, Texas, 1999-2002
Fellowship: Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Missouri, 2002-2004

LanAnh Do, MD

Program Director

Dr. LanAnh Do is Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics.

She graduated Summa Cum Laude from UCLA and went on to obtain a medical degree with honors from the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine. Subsequently, she pursued residency training and was chief resident of the Combined Internal Medicine and Pediatric program at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. After residency, she practiced primary care locally and became board certified in both Internal medicine and Pediatrics. After a few years she returned to complete fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Harbor-UCLA and UCLA Medical Center.

Currently, she focuses on treatment of asthma, allergies, and immune disorders for both adults and children. An accomplished Clinical researcher she has presented and published at national allergy conferences on various topics including genetic polymorphism in pulmonary disease, allergic skin disease, and health benefits of asthma camp centers for children. She has first authored review articles in allergy and immunology and continues to be a productive investigator in areas such as asthma, allergic rhinitis, sinusitis, skin conditions, and food/drug reactions.

Barbara K. Ariue, MD


Dr. Barbara K. Ariue, M.D.is a fourth generation Californian and was born and raised in Southern California. She received her B.A. in Biology at Pomona College in Claremont, California and her M.D. from the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine in Burlington, Vermont. She did her Pediatric residency at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital and practiced General Pediatrics at Southern California Permanente Medical Group. She then completed her fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. There she studied airway remodeling in asthma for which she was awarded the Clemens Von Pirquet award for outstanding abstract written by a fellow in training by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. She practiced adult and pediatric allergy at Huntington Hospital jointly with a large private practice in Pasadena.

She is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics in the division of Allergy, Immunology, and Pulmonology at Loma Linda University Children’s hospital. Her main research interests include Asthma, Immunodeficiency, and Insect Allergy. Currently serving on national committees for Asthma and the Underserved, she is also board certified in Pediatrics, and Allergy/ Immunology.

She is married and is a mother to two school aged children who are nationally ranked and competitive in Judo.

Raffi Tachdjian, MD


Raffi Tachdjian, MD, MPH, is Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Dr. Tachdjian received his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia, followed by an internship and residency in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School’s Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and a fellowship in Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dr. Tachdjian’s research focuses on asthma, hereditary angioedema, and allergic inflammation, and he has served as primary or co-investigator of over 15 grant-funded research studies. He was voted one of the UCLA Health System’s best doctors and was selected to receive the Editors’ Choice Award by The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

Sonal Patel, MD


Dr. Patel is double board–certified in allergy and clinical immunology as well as pediatrics. She has recently joined Huntington Asthma and Allergy Center in Pasadena, CA. Prior to that, she was with Adventist health for 11 years. She has 20 years of experience working with the underserved. Dr. Patel initially trained in pediatrics at King-Drew Medical Center in Los Angeles. She then went on to complete a clinical allergy and immunology fellowship at the UCLA School of Medicine. She also completed a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Her clinical interests include asthma and atopic dermatitis (eczema).

Dr. Patel is the coauthor of the MommyMD Guides to Twins, Triplets, and More. She has authored many blog post on allergies and parenting.

Dr. Patel has a strong interest in working with inner-city patients and the underserved. She has been on international medical missions to Peru, El Salvador, and Mexico. She has also served on the board for the American Lung Association in California. She is currently on the board of the Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology and the California Society of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology. Dr. Patel is a native Angelino. She is fluent is Hindi, Gujarati, and Spanish. In her spare time she volunteers at her children’s elementary school.  Her other personal interests include traveling, reading, movies, and dance.​

Javed Sheikh, MD


After finishing medical school, I moved to California and trained in Pediatrics at UC-Irvine. I followed it up with a fellowship in Pediatric and Adult Allergy & Immunology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center. I worked as a faculty member at Harvard Medical School from 2001-2013, where I was able to see patients, teach medical students and residents and do research in Allergy & Immunology. My research interests have included Eosinophilic Diseases, including Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Asthma, and the study of novel treatments for allergic diseases.

After 12 years as a faculty member in Boston, I returned to Los Angeles in 2013 to join the Allergy & Immunology Department at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles, where I serve as the chief of the department and Director of the Allergy/Immunology Fellowship Training Program.

I have been blessed to receive a number of awards including being listed in “Best Doctors In Boston”, “Best Doctors in Los Angeles “, “Best Doctors in America” and “America’s Top Doctors”. I was also active in the Massachusetts Allergy Society, serving as the president of the society from 2012-13.

Myngoc Nguyen, MD

Advisory Member

Dr. Myngoc Nguyen, MD, earned her medical degree and pediatric residency at UCSF. After completing her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at George Washington University, she joined Kaiser Permanente and has been the East Bay Chief of Allergy. She was a past Regent of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, an alternate delegate to the CMA, a KP East Bay Academy medical educator, and a volunteer full clinical professor at UCSF. Dr. Nguyen is a passionate patient advocate, well known for her tireless efforts in asthma outreach to members as well as research and residents teaching. She was awarded the prestigious Woman in Allergy in 2018 for her outstanding services to the Allergy community. 

Vince Tubiolo, MD

Advisory Member

Dr. Vincent Tubiolo is an allergist-immunologist in Santa Barbara, California and is affiliated with multiple hospitals in the area, including Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital. He received his medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He is one of 5 doctors at Goleta Valley Cottage Hospital and one of 6 at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital who specialize in Allergy & Immunology.

Steven Meltzer, MD

Advisory Member

Dr. Steven Meltzer graduated from USC medical school and completed a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of L.A.  He served a 2 year fellowship in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at Kaiser Foundation Hospital where his research earned him the AAAAI Young Investigator Award.

He entered private practice in Long Beach, California and joined the faculty at UC Irvine where he is currently an Associate Clinical Professor involved in the teaching of Pediatric and Family Practice residents.  He has served as the Director of Pediatric Allergy at Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach and Chairman of Pediatric Medical Education.    Community activities include service as AAFA asthma camp director for which he was named Physician of the Year in 1993.  He has served on the Boards of several state and regional allergy societies.  He is a Past President of the California Society of Allergy and Immunology.  He has participated in numerous clinical drug trials and has published several articles for major journals.  The research center at the Allergy and Asthma Care Center conducts ongoing studies involving both clinical and behavioral aspects of allergy and asthma care.

Additionally, Dr. Meltzer received his M.B.A. in Marketing from Cal State Long Beach focusing on patient and physician behavior with respect to the healthcare environment.  He has been involved in the design of several educational programs for improving asthma care in the community.