Leader in Medicine

Faoud T. Ishmael

M.D, Ph.D.

With over a decade of experience in the field of Internal Medicine, Dr. Ishmael offers valuable insight in his multiple roles as a Physician, Associate Professor, Allergist-Immunologist, and Director of Basic Science Research at Penn State College of Medicine. Located in Hershey, Pennsylvania, Penn State College of Medicine incorporates the core values of respect, integrity, excellence, and teamwork to prepare healthcare professionals to improve the health of the community and beyond.

In his many roles at Penn State College of Medicine since 2010, Dr. Ishmael’s day-to-day responsibilities include clinical research, teaching and mentoring. He is proud to have mentored five graduate students, ten clinical post-doctoral fellows, and ten undergraduate students in his lab. In addition, Dr. Ishmael has served as a senior advisor for three assistant professors and as a mentor in the Penn State College of Medicine Junior Faculty Development Program.

Following graduation with his MD/PhD from Penn State College of Medicine in 2004, Dr. Ishmael completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center in 2006.  In 2009, Dr. Ishmael completed a fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

As a testament to his success, Dr. Ishmael has been a recipient of the following honors: 2011 Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award, 2012 Penn State Department of Medicine Research Excellence Award, 2013 NIH K08 Career Development Award, 2015/2016 Peak Provider Clinical Award, 2015/2016 Castle Connelly Top Doctor, April 2016 Press Mention in the United Press International, and April 2016 Press Mention in Science Daily.

Dr. Ishmael’s desire to pursue Internal Medicine developed when he discovered the excitement of research during his undergraduate studies. He attributes his success to hard work, dedication, excellent mentors, great resources, and support from his loving family.

Dr. Ishmael serves as the Associate Editor for Translational Genetics and Genomics, Associate Editor for American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Immunology, Research Editor for Open Access Inflammation, and the Journal Reviewer for the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Journal of Immunology, and the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Among his many accomplishments, Dr. Ishmael is proud his research contributions have changed the management of asthma and he has established research collaborations with labs at Johns Hopkins University, Cornell University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Additionally, he is proud to have more than forty-five peer-reviewed articles, and over forty-five abstracts and national presentations.

Dr. Ishmael maintains affiliations with the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI). He volunteers with the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and is a member of the Adverse Reactions to Drugs, Biologics, and Latex committee. Dr. Ishmael has served as vice representative for the seminar committee for the Asthma Diagnosis and Therapy interest section.

In his free time, he enjoys partaking in art, archery, working outdoors and spending time with his three children.

Looking ahead, Dr. Ishmael hopes to develop a diagnostic blood test for asthma to personalize asthma management and discover the molecular mechanisms that cause severe asthma and other inflammatory diseases.

Penn State College of Medicine

Physician/Associate Professor/ Allergist-Immunologist/Director of Basic Science Research in Allergy at Penn State College of Medicine

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  • Peripheral blood mononuclear cell gene expression testing and the heterogeneity of T-cell-mediated drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms syndrome. 2016. PubMed
  • Chronic pruritic dermatitis and peripheral eosinophilia in a 42-year-old man. 2016. PubMed
  • Cytokine gene expression profiling to help identify a safe antibiotic in a patient with drug rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms. 2013. PubMed
  • Circulating microRNAs as biomarkers in patients with allergic rhinitis and asthma. 2016. PubMed
  • A challenging diagnosis of alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency: identification of a patient with a novel F/Null phenotype. 2011. PubMed
  • Differential expression of microRNAs in exhaled breath condensates of patients with asthma, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and healthy adults. 2013. PubMed