Perdita Permaul, M.D.

Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

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Personal Statement

Growing up in an urban New York City neighborhood surrounded by family members with asthma and allergies made me keenly aware of how the immediate environment affected their symptoms.  Environmental exposure to allergens and air pollution, as well as diet and physical activity, all play a role in asthma.  These personal life experiences, combined with my training as a pediatric allergist/immunologist and clinical researcher, have led to my passionate interest in the effects of the environment and lifestyle on childhood asthma, and on how the environment can influence a child’s immune system.  As a pediatric allergist/immunologist, I find it fulfilling when I can directly impact a child’s quality of life through comprehensive allergy testing, diagnosis and treatment approaches.  

Biographical Info

Dr. Perdita Permaul is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine, Interim Section Chief of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology at Weill Cornell Medicine, and an assistant attending pediatrician at New York-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital.  Having grown up in Queens, NY, she finds it very rewarding to also serve as the Director of the Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Program housed within the Pediatric Asthma Center at New York-Presbyterian Queens where she also leads asthma/allergy clinical research across NYP campuses. 

After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Permaul returned to New York City where she completed her medical degree at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and her pediatric residency at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.  She then moved to Boston and continued her training at Boston Children’s Hospital, where she completed a fellowship in Allergy/Immunology.  During her three-year fellowship, she also served as a research fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  Upon completing fellowship, Dr. Permaul continued on as a pediatric allergist/immunologist at Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School until her return to Weill Cornell Medicine.  She is board-certified in Allergy/Immunology and Pediatrics.

In addition to her clinical work, Dr. Permaul is active in clinical/translational asthma research and is a member of the Drukier Research Institute for Children's Health at Weill Cornell Medicine.  Dr. Permaul has been named the Caryl and Israel A. Englander Clinical Scholar in Children’s Health.  She has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the interaction between childhood obesity, the environment and asthma.  She is the author of a number of scientific papers, reviews and book chapters and has presented her research at regional, national and international meetings.  Dr. Permaul also participates in NIH funded multi-center asthma clinical trials.  She is a fellow of both the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

Honors and Awards
  • 2020, Caryl and Israel A. Englander Clinical Scholar in Children’s Health 
  • 2020-2021, 2017-2019, 2014-2016, NIH LRP Award
  • 2019, Children’s Health Investigators Fund Recipient, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • 2012, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI)/American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Allergy and Immunology Junior Faculty Award
  • 2009, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) Fellow Travel Award
  • 2007-2009, AAAAI Fellow Travel Award
  • 2005, AAP Section on Allergy and Immunology Resident Travel Award
  • 2003, Irwin Gelernt M.D. Graduation Award, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • 2001, Novartis Award for Outstanding 2nd Year Medical Student, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
  • 2000, Patricia S. Levinson Research Fellowship Award, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai


Board Certifications
American Board of Allergy & Immunology
American Board of Pediatrics
Clinical Expertise
Pediatric Asthma
Allergic Rhinitis
Food Allergy
Contact Dermatitis
Hay Fever
Drug Allergy
Environmental Allergies
  • M.D.
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine
  • B.A.
    University of Pennsylvania
  • Assistant Attending Pediatrician
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Caryl and Israel A. Englander Clinical Scholar in Children’s Health
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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