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Kirsi M. Jarvinen-Seppo, M.D., Ph.D.

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Dr. Järvinen-Seppo is the Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology and holds the inaugural Founders' Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Allergy. She is the Director of the Center for Food Allergy, which is the FARE Clinical Network Center of Excellence, sponsored by the Food Allergy Research and Education. This is a multidisciplinary program that provides comprehensive care to families with food allergies including specialists in allergy, gastroenterology, dermatology, and counseling for dietary and psychologic aspects. Her clinical interests are focused on various types of food allergy, including immediate-type allergies, eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease, food protein-induced enterocolitis, and allergic proctocolitis, as well as atopic dermatitis, anaphylaxis, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and urticaria. Through her interest and research on human milk, she serves on the Executive Committee for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and on USDA-sponsored Dietary Guidance Development Project for Infants and Pregnant Mothers. She is also an active participant in the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training program.

Professional Background

Dr. Järvinen-Seppo is an Allergist and Immunologist at the Strong Memorial and Golisano Children's Hospitals. She received her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She was trained at the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City for a post-doctoral research fellowship and completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Mount Sinai Hospital. She held faculty positions at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai followed by Albany Medical College before joining the University of Rochester Medical Center in 2014 to build the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.


Dr. Järvinen-Seppo directs an NIH-funded translational research program focused on developmental aspects of the infant systemic and mucosal immune system relating to mechanisms behind development of food allergy, atopic dermatitis and the whole atopic march. She is particularly interested in the role of maternal and infant environmental factors and breast milk composition in shaping the early infant immune system and uses human cohorts and laboratory bench research approaches to answer the mechanistic questions. She is also interested in antibody-mediated protection against respiratory and diarrheal diseases provided by breast milk in infants, funded through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Her research has been published in leading medical journals and she is a regular speaker at local, national and international professional and community events.



  • Allergy and Immunology - American Board of Allergy & Immunology
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | University of Helsinki (Finland)

PHD | University of Helsinki (Finland)

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/2005 - 06/30/2008
Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

07/01/2004 - 06/30/2005
Residency in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

07/01/2003 - 06/30/2004
Internship in Pediatrics at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

07/01/1999 - 06/30/2001
Fellowship in Pediatrics, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

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Ruth Lawrence Academic Faculty Service Award in Research
Sponsor: Dept. of Pediatrics, UR, Golisano Children's Hospital

NIH NIAID Physician Scientist Award

Third-Year Fellow-in-Training Research Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)

AAAAI Jaffe Food Allergy Research Award
Sponsor: American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology

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Clinical Trials

A Phase 2 Study to Evaluate the Sensitivity, Specificity and Safety of DBV1605, a Ready-to-Use Atopy Patch Test for the Diagnosis of Non-Immunoglobulin E Mediated Cow's Milk Allergy in Children

Lead Researcher: Kirsi Jarvinen-seppo

Food allergy represents a major public health concern affecting approximately 8% of children and 5% of adults. Cow's milk allergy is the most common food allergy in infants and young children in developed countries. There are no validated tests for the diagnosis of delayed onset cow's milk allergy. Patients in the Disease group will attend 6 to 7 study visits within 3 months and will have phone calls scheduled with the study site, each for a period of 5 days. Entire Study participation will be up to 3 months. A group of children with suspected cow's milk allergy aged from >28 days to ≤24 months will be considered for participation in the study.

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Journal Articles

Strzalkowski AJ, Järvinen KM, Schmidt B, Young BE. "Protein and carbohydrate content of infant formula purchased in the United States." Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.. 2022 Sep 21; Epub 2022 Sep 21.

Davis EC, Castagna VP, Sela DA, Hillard MA, Lindberg S, Mantis NJ, Seppo AE, Järvinen KM. "Gut microbiome and breast-feeding: Implications for early immune development." The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology.. 2022 Sep; 150(3):523-534.

Pesonen M, Kallio MJT, Ranki A, Siimes MA, Järvinen KM. "Early-onset atopic dermatitis and food hypersensitivity increase the risk of atopic march." Clinical and experimental allergy : journal of the British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology.. 2022 Jun 22; Epub 2022 Jun 22.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Breast- always best?
Book Title: Allergy, immunity and tolerance in early childhood: The first two thousand days of the Atopic March
Author List: Järvinen KM, Bergmann R.
Edited By: Wahn U, Sampson HA (eds).
Published By: Elsevier 2014

Chapter Title: Food-Induced Anaphylaxis
Book Title: Anaphylaxis and Hypersensitivity Reactions from Molecular Markers to Rapid Desensitizations.
Author List: Järvinen KM, Nowak-Wegrzyn A.
Edited By: Castells MC (ed).
Published By: Springer 2011 in New York

Chapter Title: IgA in human milk and development of cow's milk allergy in the breast-fed infant
Book Title: Integrating population outcomes, biological mechanisms and research methods in the study of human milk and lactation
Author List: Järvinen K-M, Laine S, Järvenpää A-L, Suomalainen H.
Edited By: Davis MK, Isaacs CE, Hanson LA, Wright AL (eds).
Published By: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers 2002 in New York