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.
Sheila Bonilla, MD

Sheila Bonilla, MD

President

Sheila M. Bonilla, MD, MS received her medical degree at the University of Texas Houston Medical School.She completed a surgical internship year at Harbor-UCLA prior to her Internal Medicine Residency training at LAC+USC Medical Center, where she also served as Chief Resident. She trained in Allergy and Immunology at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center then returned to join the faculty at Keck School of Medicine of USC.  She pursued a Master’s Degree in Clinical and Biomedical Research while serving as faculty at USC. She recently returned to academic life at USC to be more active in research after several years of community practice.

Dr. Bonilla is a Diplomate of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Travis Miller, MD

Travis Miller, MD

Immediate Past President

Dr. Travis Miller earned his medical degree from the UCLA School of Medicine and he currently focuses on managing chronic sinus disease, asthma, food allergies, and immune deficiencies. He is well-known for having already participated in a number of clinical studies sponsored by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well.
Christina Schwindt, MD

Christina Schwindt, MD

Program Director

Christina Schwindt, M.D. is board certified in both pediatrics and allergy, asthma and immunology. Her expertise is in the diagnosis and treatment of asthma, exercise-induced asthma, environmental allergies, food allergies, drug allergies, eczema, and primary immunodeficiencies. Dr. Schwindt is the principal investigator on many research projects including from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), and South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). Her research is focused on understanding the environmental factors that may influence the increase in asthma seen worldwide. She has developed an asthma clinic in St. Vincent and the Grenadines in the West Indies and volunteers her time performing medical missions to the island. Dr. Schwindt received her medical training at the St. Louis University School of Medicine and received her internship, residency and fellowship training at the St. Louis University Group of Hospitals
Madeleine Ramos, MD

Madeleine Ramos, MD

2016-2017 Member-at-Large

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

Bob Eitches, MD

Bob Eitches, MD

Secretary/Treasurer

Robert Eitches, MD, FAAAAI (Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology) earned an AB at Princeton University, an MD at Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, did his Internship and Residency at Albert Einstein Medical College and finished his education with a Fellowship in Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at UCLA. He is Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology and is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCLA School of Medicine and an Attending Physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

He has been awarded Physician of the Year by the California Chapter of Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and currently sits on their executive board.  He has been President of the LASAAI (Los Angeles Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology).

He has been published in many peer-reviewed journals and lectures throughout the United States and Europe.  He has been on several national and local TV shows including the CBS Evening News, MTV and Good Morning America as an expert on allergy and asthma related topics.

Dr. Eitches has been listed consistently in the Consumer’s Guide to Top Doctors (published by a nonprofit organization) and was the only allergist listed in the Los Angeles Confidential magazine article on top physicians in Los Angeles.  He is also listed as one of the Super Docs in the most recent Los Angeles Magazine edition.

Marilyn Li, MD

Marilyn Li, MD

2016-2017 Member-at-Large

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.
Vinay Gowda, MD

Vinay Gowda, MD

2016-2017 Member-at-Large

Medical School- University of Illnois
Internship- University of California, Irvine
Residency- University of California, Irvine
Fellowship= West Los Angles VA Medical Center/UCLA
Certifications- Board Certified in Allergy/Immunology
Board Certified in Internal Medicine

Raffi Tachdjian, MD

Raffi Tachdjian, MD

2016-2017 Member-at-Large

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.

Dr. Tachdjian completed an internship at the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, where he led the outbreak investigations and epidemiologic studies on Pertussis (whooping cough). He is credited for being part of the team that led to the understanding of the waning immunity of the pertussis vaccine, which led to boosted dosing in adolescents and adults.

Board certified in Adult and Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Dr. Tachdjian serves as  Principal Investigator for clinical trials in Santa Monica and Burbank, California.

Dr. Tachdjian is the founder and president of the Children’s Music Fund (www.TheCMF.org), a 501c3 non-profit providing musical instruments and music therapy to children with chronic and life-altering illness. 

Vince Tubiolo, MD

Vince Tubiolo, MD

2016-2017 Member-at-Large

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.