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Tamara T. Perry, MD

Dr. Tamara Perry
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/College of Medicine/Department of Pediatrics
Phone: 501-364-1060
Research Overview

Tamara T. Perry, MD, is an University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) College of Medicine and researcher at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital Research Institute (ACHRI). She received her medical degree from UAMS in 1997 and completed a combined Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency at UAMS and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in 2001. After residency, Dr. Perry completed fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Perry joined the faculty of UAMS in August 2004 where she is a member of the Division of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology and The Center for Respiratory, Asthma, and Allergic Disorders. Dr. Perry’s primary research interest focuses on the reducing asthma disparities in pediatric asthma with special emphasis on high-risk and underserved populations. Other research interests include the natural history of food allergies and the development of new interventions in the treatment of food allergies. Dr. Perry enthusiastically contributes to the education of residents and students at UAMS by participating in the educational mission of the Department of Pediatrics in many capacities.

Dr. Perry’s asthma research focuses on the prevalence of asthma and the impact of environmental exposures on asthma morbidity in the Mississippi Delta Region of Arkansas. Her work also focuses on implementing innovative interventions designed and tailored for the specific needs of rural and high-risk children with asthma. She has designed innovative projects that utilize telemedicine and mobile phone technology to improve asthma health outcomes for children with asthma. Her research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, Arkansas Biosciences Institute, and the Translational Research Institute.

Key Publications

Coleman AT, Rettiganti M, Bai S, Brown RH, Perry TT. “Mouse and Cockroach Exposure in Rural Arkansas Delta Region Homes.” Annals of Allergy Asthma Immunol 2014;112:256-260.

Vickery BP, Scurlock AM, Kulis M, Steele PH, Kamilaris J, Berglund JP, Burk C, Hiegel A, Carlisle S, Christie L, Perry TT, Pesek RD, Sheikh S, Virkud Y, Smith PB, Shamji MH, Durham SR, Jones SM, Burks AW. Sustained unresponsiveness in subjects completing peanut oral immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2014;133:468-475 .

Fleischer DM, Perry TT, Atkins D, Wood RA, Burks AW, Jones SM, Henning AK, Stablein D, Sampson HA, Sicherer SH. Allergic reactions to foods in preschool-aged children in a prospective observational food allergy study. Pediatrics 2012;130:e25-32.

Perry TT, Rettiganti M, Brown RH, McCracken A, Jones SM, Nick TG. Uncontrolled Asthma and Factors Related to Morbidity in an Impoverished, Rural Environment. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012;108:254-9.

Varshney P, Jones SM, Scurlock AM, Perry TT, Kemper A, Steele P, Hiegel A, Kamilaris J, Carlisle S, Yue X, Kulis M, Pons L, Vickery B, Burks AW. A randomized controlled study of peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT): clinical desensitization and modulation of the allergic response. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2011 127:654-660.

Pesek RD, Vargas PA, Halterman JS, Jones SM, McCracken A, Perry TT. A comparison of asthma prevalence and morbidity between rural and urban schoolchildren in Arkansas. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2010 Feb;104(2):125-31.

Valet RS, Perry TT, Hartert TV. Rural health disparities in asthma care and outcomes. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2009 Jun;123(6):1220-5. Epub 2009 Feb 23

Perry TT, Vargas PA, McCracken A, Jones SM.  Underdiagnosed and uncontrolled asthma: findings in rural schoolchildren from the Delta region of Arkansas.  Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008 Oct;101(4):375-81.

Perry TT, Vargas PA, Bufford J, Feild C, Flick M, Simpson PM, Hamilton RG, Jones SM. Classroom aeroallergen exposure in Arkansas head start centers. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2008 Apr;100(4):358-63.

Vargas PA, Perry TT, Robles E, Jo CH, Simpson PM, Magee JS, Feild CR, Hakkak R, Carroll PA, Jones SM. Relationship of Body Mass Index with Asthma Indicators in Head Start Children. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2007; 99:22-28.

Perry TT, Wood RA, Matsui EC, Curtain-Brosnan J, Rand C, Eggleston PA. Room-Specific Characteristics of Suburban Homes as Predictors of Indoor Allergen Concentrations. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2006;97:628-635.

Perry TT, Matsui EC, Conover-Walker, Wood RA. The relationship of allergen-specific IgE levels and oral food challenge outcome. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2004:114;144-149.

Perry TT, Matsui EC, Conover-Walker, Wood RA. The risk of oral food challenges. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2004;114:1164-8.

Perry TT, Corren J, Philip G, Kim E, Conover-Walker MK, Malice MP, Massaad R, Dass B, Reiss TF, Wood RA. Protective Effect of Montelukast on lower and upper respiratory tract responses to short-term cat allergen exposure. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2004;93:431-438.

Funding Support

National Institutes of Health

Arkansas Biosciences Institute

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Asthma in the Delta Region of Arkansas (ADRA): Impact of Environmental Factors

Marion B. Lyon New Scientist Development Award

Dean’s Research Development Fund: Asthma in the Delta Region of Arkansas (ADRA): Prevalence and Morbidity


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