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Dr. Estelle Simons

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Special Committee on Anaphylaxis

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • M.D.
  • MD
    The Manitoba Institute of Child Health
  • M.D. ( Honours
    University of Manitoba
  • B.Sc.
    University of Manitoba
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World Allergy Organization | WAO Committees and Councils, 10 Dec 2011 [cached]
Chair: Estelle Simons, Canada
Grants & Awards Winners | AAAAI, 13 May 2014 [cached]
2009 - F. Estelle R. Simons, MD, FAAAAI
The failure to recognize anaphylaxis ..., 16 Mar 2014 [cached]
The failure to recognize anaphylaxis episodes when they occur is becoming an increasingly important issue as these life-threatening reactions become more common, says Dr. Estelle Simons.
"There’s this paradox. Despite anaphylaxis becoming more common, it is under recognized," the allergist and clinical researcher explained to Allergic Living. "The reason is: it’s not so easy to recognize."
Simons, a past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and a professor in the Departments of Pediatrics and Immunology at the University of Manitoba, says this is not only a problem for lay people â€" but also for medical professionals.
Symptoms of anaphylaxis can include hives and itching; breathing problems (throat closure, wheezing or coughing); gastrointestinal distress (stomach cramps, vomiting or diarrhea); as well as faintness and passing out due to low blood pressure.
But not all symptoms occur in every attack, and they may vary from one attack to another, even in the same person. Hives, for instance, are an obvious clue that someone might be reacting to a food or insect sting. But 10 per cent of people with anaphylaxis don’t get hives, says Simons.
She notes that breathing problems can cause confusion over whether a person is suffering from anaphylaxis or an asthma attack. In an infant, they might be mistaken for choking.
If someone is having their very first allergic reaction, he or she might not have a clue what’s happening to them. "Lack of recognition is a major issue for our patients and their families," says Simons.
She stresses the need for greater public awareness, and urges physicians to tell patients about helpful resources such as FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) and Anaphylaxis Canada.
“We need to get the message out," she says.
Estelle Simons, MD, FAAAAI, elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 15 June 2001 [cached]
Estelle Simons, MD, FAAAAI, elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
Estelle Simons, MD, FAAAAI, elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
MILWAUKEE-Estelle Simons, MD, FAAAAI, was elected Secretary/Treasurer of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) during its 58th Annual Meeting, March 1-6, 2002, in New York.She will serve as Secretary/Treasurer through March 2003.
The AAAAI is the largest professional medical specialty organization in the United States representing allergists, asthma specialists, clinical immunologists, allied health professionals and others with a special interest in the research and treatment of allergic disease.
Simons is Professor and Head of the 30-member Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in the Department of Pediatrics and Child Health in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Manitoba, where she directed the Training Program in Allergy from 1978 to1991.She currently chairs the AAAAI Postgraduate Education Committee.In September 2003, she will co-chair the World Allergy Organization (International Association of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) Congress in Vancouver, Canada, which will be sponsored by the AAAAI and the Canadian Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology (CSACI).
She served as an elected member of the AAAAI Board of Directors from 1996-99.She is past-Chair of the AAAAI Asthma, Rhinitis and Other Respiratory Diseases Interest Section (1992-93), and has chaired a number of AAAAI committees, including Credentials (1989-90) and Pharmacotherapeutics (1991-95).
Simons trained in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology at the University of Washington from 1970-1975.Her research has led to improved understanding of the clinical pharmacology of medications used to treat allergic disorders.She is best known for her work with H1 -antihistamines, inhaled corticosteroids, and adrenergic agonists, most recently epinephrine.Simons also recognized a new allergic disease – "Skeeter Syndrome" and has contributed to improved understanding of the immunomodulatory role of cytokines and chemokines in allergic disorders.
She has authored or co-authored more than 300 original peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, has edited or co-edited several books, and is one of the new co-editors of the 6th edition of Middleton's Allergy Principles and Practice.She has been an invited speaker/visiting professor on more than 180 occasions, and was recently the Dr. Charles E. Reed Visiting Professor at the Mayo Clinic.
Simons' honors and awards include the Medical Research Council Queen Elizabeth II Scientist Award (1975-1981), the Bruce Chown Professorship (1990-2001), the CSACI Research Award (1991), and the Canadian Medical Association Medal of Service (1999).She has been listed in Best Doctors in America since 1990.She was elected to the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum in 2000.Recently, she received the National Who's Who in Health Care Award, for which she was nominated by the parents of her patients.
Established in 1943, the Academy has more 6,000 members in the United States, Canada and 75 other countries.The Academy serves as an advocate to the public by providing educational information through many sources including its Web site at
AAAAI - AAAAI Board of Directors, 17 Mar 2008 [cached]
F. Estelle R. Simons, MD, FAAAAI Past Past-President
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