M. Eric Gershwin

M. Eric Gershwin

Position Title
Professor Chief of Rheumatology Lawrence J. Ellison Ambulatory Care Center



  1. A.B. in Zoology, Syracuse University, Syracuse NY, 1966
  2. M.D, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto CA, 1971

A world-renowned authority on asthma and allergy, M. Eric Gershwin founded the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Program at UC Davis in 1977. His diverse clinical interests include primary biliary cirrhosis and complementary medicine. He is co-director of the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research in Asthma and Allergy, and became the first Jack and Donald Chia endowed chair recipient at UC Davis in 1994. (Chia family corporations in Hong Kong and Singapore have conducted pharmaceutical research for more than 50 years.) Dr. Gershwin has worked extensively on behalf of patients with immunologic diseases as American Rheumatism Association board member; American Lupus Society, Sacramento Valley Chapter medical-scientific director; FDA nutrition and immunity advisor; and National Institutes of Health General Medicine Study member. He has written more than 500 scientific articles and 25 clinical books, including Taking Charge of Your Child's Allergies: The Informed Parent's Comprehensive Guide and Disease of the Sinuses: A Comprehensive Textbook of Diagnosis and Treatment. He also has conducted immunologic studies of biliary cirrhosis and holds several patents for biliary cirrhosis autoantigens, recombinant cloned antigens, and nonmethylene interrupted fatty acids used as immuno-modulators. Dr. Gershwin is also a world's expert on the role of environment and health, including such issues as mold, allergens and environmental hazards.

Professional Associations

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Disease
  • American Association of Immunologists
  • American Association of Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Physicians
  • American College of Rheumatology
  • American Society of Clinical Investigation
  • Transplantation Society
  • Western Association of Physicians
  • Western Society for Clinical Research

Awards & Honors

  • Witco Chem. Award in Organic Chem., Syracuse University, 1964, 1965, 1966
  • Stanford Award for Outstanding Student Research, 1968
  • Associate of American Colleges Recognition in Trop. Med., 1970
  • Rbt. Shelton Alumni Scholar Award, Stanford Univ., 1971
  • University of California Faculty Award for Biomedical Research, 1979
  • UC Award for Biomedical Research, 1985
  • Oettinger Award, 1988
  • Medal of the University of Milan, 2005