Mervat Nassef, MD, FAAAAI

Board Certifications: 
Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology
Accepting New Patients
Treats Children
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Overview

Areas of Expertise / Conditions Treated

Allergy & Immunology, Allergy & Asthma Management, Allergy, Adult Allergy and Immunology, Sinus Disease, Sinus & Allergy Treatment, Pediatric Sinusitis, Allergic Rhinosinusitis, Sinus Disorder, Sinusitis, Food Allergy, Chronic Cough, Allergic Rhinitis, Disorder of Nasal Sinus, Urticaria, Asthma, Eczema, Hives, Atopic Dermatitis, Sinus and Allergy Treatment, Pediatric Food Allergy, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology, Pediatric Allergy, Ocular Allergy, Insect Allergy, Allergy/Allergies, Allergy Testing, Allergy Evaluation and Treatment, Allergy and Asthma Management

Academic Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Pediatrics at CUMC

Administrative Titles

  • Director of Education, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology elective, Columbia University Medical Center
  • member of the Allergy/Immunology Program Evaluation Committee, fellowship program, Columbia University

Dr. Mervat Nassef is Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC). She received her B.A., magna cum laude, and her MD at New York University. She went on to do her residency in Pediatrics at the New York University Medical Center, and her fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at Columbia University, College of Physicians & Surgeons. After fellowship, she spent 2 years in Hong Kong where she was involved in teaching medical residents about allergies and asthma. Upon her return to New York, she joined the faculty of the Allergy & Immunology Division at CUMC. Her goal is to provide the highest quality, individualized patient care. She has a special interest in food allergies, environmental allergies and asthma.

Because of her love for teaching, Dr. Nassef took on the role of Director of Education in the Allergy/Immunology Division, in which she is responsible for coordinating the activities of students and residents who rotate through the Division. She has also been active in giving grand rounds and teaching conferences in area hospitals and writing publications on various topics in allergy, including co-authoring the textbook: Allergies and Adolescence: Transitioning Toward Independent Living. Stukus D, editor. Springer. She has presented some of her work at the annual international meetings of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Dr. Nassef served as Chair of the Women’s Health Committee, the Population Health Committee at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Clinical Programs/Patient Safety and Quality Committee at the ACAAI. She has helped develop educational resources for physicians worldwide. She volunteers her time by conducting free asthma screenings in her local community. She was chosen as one of The New York Times Magazine Top Doctors every year since 2012.

Hospital Affiliations

  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia
  • NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital

Languages

  • Arabic

Gender

  • Female

Schedule an Appointment

Phone Appointments

New and Existing Patients:
212-305-2300

Location(s)

CUMC/NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital
3959 Broadway
New York, NY 10032
Primary
Staten Island - 2026 Richmond Road Office
2026 Richmond Road
Staten Island, NY 10306

Insurance Accepted

Aetna

  • EPO
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • NY Signature
  • NYP Employee Plan
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Signature Administrators
  • Student Health

Affinity

  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Amida Care

  • Special Needs Plan

Cigna

  • EPO
  • Great West
  • HMO
  • POS
  • PPO

Emblem/GHI

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • PPO

Emblem/HIP

  • ConnectiCare
  • EPO
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • Select Care (Exchange)
  • Vytra

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Blue Access (Exchange)
  • EPO
  • Gatekeeper (Exchange)
  • HMO
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • Pathway (Exchange)
  • POS
  • PPO

Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield HealthPlus

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Essential Plan
  • Medicaid Managed Care

Fidelis Care

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Healthfirst

  • Child/Family Health Plus
  • Leaf (Exchange)
  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

Local 1199

  • Local 1199

MagnaCare

  • MagnaCare

Medicare

  • Traditional Medicare (NY)

Multiplan

  • Multiplan

MVP Health Care

  • MVP Health Care-Hudson Health Plan

Oxford Health Plans

  • Freedom
  • Liberty
  • Medicare Managed Care

TRICARE

  • TRICARE

UnitedHealthcare

  • Columbia University Employee Plan
  • Compass (Exchange)
  • Essential Plan
  • HMO
  • Medicaid (Community Plan)
  • Medicare Managed Care
  • POS
  • PPO
  • The Empire Plan (NYSHIP)

VNSNY CHOICE

  • Medicare Managed Care
  • SelectHealth

WellCare

  • Medicaid Managed Care
  • Medicare Managed Care

*Please contact the provider’s office directly to verify that your particular insurance is accepted.

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • New York University School of Medicine
  • Internship: New York University Medical Center
  • Residency: New York University Medical Center
  • Fellowship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center, NY

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
  • Pediatrics
  • Allergy and Immunology

Honors & Awards

2018: inducted into the Academy of Clinical Excellence in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University

2011: Staten Island Borough President Award for community service
• Award earned for providing free asthma screenings for the Staten Island and surrounding communities every year since 2004

2005: Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

1996: Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology

1991: Schering Young Investigator Award

1985: Valentine Mott Medal, New York University School of Medicine

Research

Selected Publications

Original articles:

           

Stukus DR, Nassef M, Rubin M. Leaving home: Helping teens with allergic conditions become independent. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunology, Vol. 116, Issue 5, May 2016: 388–391

This article was featured in the ACAAI newsletter, College Insider

Frieri M, O'Connor M, Nassef M. Asthma, stress, and depression in women. Allergy and Asthma Proceedings, Volume 36, Number 4, 20 July/August 2015: 256-261(6)

Agarwal NS, Spalding C, Nassef M. "Life-threatening intraoperative anaphylaxis to gelatin in Floseal during pediatric spinal surgery." J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract. 2015 Jan-Feb;3(1):110-1.

 Nassef M, Temprano J, Frieri MA and Rossman S. Should Fracture Risk Influence Our Decision Making in Asthma Care? Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol, 2011, 106(2): 164-167.

Nassef M, Shapiro G, and Casale TB.  Identifying and managing rhinitis and its subtypes:  allergic and nonallergic components – a consensus report and materials from the Respiratory and Allergic Disease Foundation.  Curr Med Res Opin 2006, 22(12):2541-48.

Di Fabrizio, L., Nassef, M., Ware, R., Butler, V.P. Jr. and Chess, L.: Human gamma delta T cells amplify IgE production by Epstein‑Barr virus‑activated B cells. Trans Assn Amer Phys, 1991, 104:155‑163.

Chaffee, J., Nassef, M. and Bobin, S. (1978) in:  Senile Dementia:  A Biomedical Approach, Nandy, K. ed., Elsevier North‑Holland Biomedical Press, New York, pp. 61‑72.

Chapters:

Nassef M, Rubin M. Allergic Rhinitis Pertaining to Adolescents. In: Allergies and Adolescence: Transitioning Toward Independent Living. Stukus D, editor. Springer. 2018, p. 81-94.

Rubin M, Nassef M. What Now? Practical Steps For Adolescents to Take. In Allergies and Adolescence: Transitioning Toward Independent Living. Stukus D, editor. Springer. 2018, p. 223-230.

Reviews:

Shapiro G and Nassef  M.  Rhinitis:  a practical approach.  2005.  CME monograph sponsored by Postgraduate Institute for Medicine and Respiratory and Allergic Disease Foundation.

Nassef, M.  The Role of Allergy in Asthma.  Emerg and Off Pediatrics.  1999, 12(5-6):168-171.

Nassef, M.  Food Allergy and Other Adverse Food Reactions. Emerg and Off Pediatrics. 1996, 9(5):138-142.

Abstracts:

Agarwal, N.S., Spalding, C., Nassef, M. A case of intraoperative anaphylaxis to gelatin in a gelatin-based hemostatic matrix during spinal surgery.Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Supplement 1 2013: 111 (5).

Spalding, C. N.; Hersh, A.; Nassef, M.; Hsu, A. P.; Holland, S.; Mainardi, T. A Case of MonoMAC; Monocytopenia, B cell and NK Cell Lymphocytopenia in a Child With Recurrent Infections. Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Supplement 1 2012: 109 (5).

Nassef, M., Di Fabrizio, L., Butler, V.P. Jr. and Chess, L.: Gamma delta cells stimulate IgE production by EBV‑activated B cells. J Allergy Clin Immunol, 1991, 87(1): 243.

Nassef, M. and Gennaro, J.:  The significance of dimensional stability in the morphometry of normal and ADH‑treated frog skin.  The Anatomical Record, 1982, 202: 136A.