Agnes Sundaresan
Assistant Professor, Clinical Research, Department of Epidemiology and Health Services Research 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine and Pediatrics (Adjunct), Temple University School of Medicine
Core Faculty, Internal Medicine-Pediatrics residency program
Associate, Knapper Clinic - Internal Medicine/Pediatrics

LOCATION(S)
Center for Health Research
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822 
Phone: 570-214-8688
Fax: 570-214-5170 
ashsundaresan@geisinger.edu

Geisinger Medical Center
100 North Academy Avenue
Danville, PA 17822 
Phone: 570-214-8688
Fax: 570-214-5170 
ashsundaresan@geisinger.edu

Research Interests

My primary research interest is chronic disease epidemiology using the longitudinal electronic medical record (EMR). I focus on the environmental and genetic epidemiology of chronic respiratory inflammatory diseases and pediatric familial hypercholesterolemia, to understand the etiology and pathogenesis of these diseases. I have worked on phenotyping diseases like chronic rhinosinusitis and different asthma outcomes of interest using EMR, providing subsequent ability to study the epidemiology of these diseases at the primary care level or in the general population. I also use survey methodology to complement and evaluate EMR data for chronic rhinosinusitis. I am part of the Environmental Health Institute at Geisinger, exploring the environmental determinants of chronic rhinosinusitis and asthma, like community socioeconomic deprivation, residential greenness index, distance to roadways and community type. I am also working on evaluating different aspects of missing heritability for asthma by assessing rare variants and gene-environment interaction.

Recent Publications

  • Sundaresan, A. S., Hirsch, A. G., Storm, M., Tan, B. K., Kennedy, T. L., Greene, J. S., Schwartz, B. S. (2015). Occupational and environmental risk factors for chronic rhinosinusitis: A systematic review. International Forum of Allergy and Rhinology, 5(11), 996-1003. DOI: 10.1002/alr.21573
  • Hirsch AG, Yan XS, Sundaresan AS, Tan BK, Schleimer RP, Kern RC, Kennedy TL, Greene JS, Schwartz BS. Allergy. 2015 Dec;70(12):1613-21. doi: 10.1111/all.12759. Epub 2015 Sep 25. Five-year risk of incident disease following a diagnosis of chronic rhinosinusitis.

 

Education

MBBS, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India, 1998-2004
Internal Medicine-Pediatric residency, Geisinger Health System, 2008-2012
MPH, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 2011-2014

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