Seattle Food Allergy ConsortiumSeaFAC Executive Committee
Seattle Food Allergy Consortium

SeaFAC Executive Committee

Executive Committee members are:

Mary Farrington, MDMary Farrington, MD has been a practicing allergist in the community since 1994 and at Virginia Mason Medical Center since 2002. She was recently award the “Pioneer Award for Translational Medicine” from Virginia Mason/ Benaroya Research Institute for a project to study T-lymphocyte immune cells in peanut allergic children.


William R. Henderson, Jr., MDWilliam R. Henderson, Jr., MD is Professor of Medicine at the University of Washington where he heads the Allergy Section, Center for Allergy and Inflammation, UW Medicine at South Lake Union. He is Director of the University of Washington Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program and Chief of the UWMC Allergy Clinics. He has been recognized as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors by Seattle and Seattle Met Magazines and one of U.S. News Top Doctors. He has authored over 125 peer-reviewed research publications in high impact journals such as The New England Journal of Medicine and The Journal of Clinical Investigation. His research has focused on the production of biochemical molecules that cause asthma and other allergic disorders with the goal to develop new therapies for these diseases. Dr. Henderson has consistently received federal funding for this work from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) including his leadership of the NIH-sponsored UW Asthma and Allergic and Immunologic Diseases Cooperative Research Center. He has served as Chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and sat on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.  He has served on the scientific advisory boards of ICOS Corporation and Gilead Sciences. Dr. Henderson is a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.


Suzanne Skoda-Smith, MDSuzanne Skoda-Smith, MD is attending physician at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is clinical director for the Division of Immunology at Seattle Children’s Hospital and associate director of the University of Washington Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Training Program.

She received her undergraduate degree in immunology at theUniversity of California at Berkeley, attended the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed residency at the University of Florida, and received her fellowship training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her focus is on translational therapies for primary immunodeficiency, including hematopoetic cell transplantation, gene therapy and improved supportive care. Dr. Skoda-Smith is a member of the Non-Malignant Transplant Board which is held jointly with members of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

As a member of the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies, she supports the vision of the center, “Keeping children healthy through the gift of immunity. Immunity influences almost every medical illness. Through scientific discovery and innovation, we will harness the power of the immune system to prevent, treat or cure life-threatening childhood diseases.”

Her participation in the executive board of the Seattle Food Allergy Consortium reflects her strong desire to facilitate progress in an underserved area of immunology in our region – treatment of children with food allergies. She has been recognized as one of Seattle’s Top Doctors in 2013.


Stephen A. Tilles, MDStephen A Tilles, MD is Clinical Professor at the University of Washington, Executive Director of ASTHMA Inc Clinical Research Center, and is a Physician Partner at Northwest Asthma and Allergy Center (NAAC). He received his medical degree in 1990 from the University of California at San Diego after earning a BA at Harvard in 1982. He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University in 1993, and his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine in Denver in 1995. Before moving to Seattle in 2000, Dr. Tilles spent five years as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics and Director of the Allergy and Asthma Clinic at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He is Board Certified in both Internal Medicine and Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Tilles splits his time between seeing patients in clinic at NAAC and working at ASTHMA Inc Clinical Research Center, a non-profit clinical research center in Seattle. He has authored more than 60 peer reviewed publications, and has served as Principal Investigator for more than 100 clinical trials to evaluate treatments for asthma, rhinitis, urticaria, and food allergies.

Dr. Tilles has been selected on the lists of “Seattle’s Best Doctors”, “Seattle Super Doctors”, “Washington’s Best Doctors”, “Seattle Met Magazine’s Best Doctors”, and “America’s Best Doctors”. Dr. Tilles is a Past President of the Western Society of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and the Oregon Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is currently also Associate Editor of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is a member of the Joint Task Force for Practice Parameters. Dr Tilles, with the backing of the 14 physician members of ASTHMA Inc.’s Board of Directors, is committed to continuing to oversee clinical trials to evaluate food allergy treatments.