Allison B. Reiss, MD | NYU Long Island School of Medicine | NYU Langone Health

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Faculty Allison B. Reiss, MD

Allison B. Reiss, MD

I am an internal medicine physician, educator, and molecular biologist with more than 25 years of experience studying the immune system and its effects on the heart and brain.

As an American Board of Internal Medicine–certified physician, my clinical experiences have motivated me to better understand the mechanisms that underlie cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, which affect so many people and their families.

I study inflammation at NYU Langone Hospital—Long Island and am interested in understanding accelerated atherosclerosis when it occurs with disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes. Researchers in my laboratory also study how immune and inflammatory processes contribute to Alzheimer’s disease. I’m passionate about my research because of the impact it can have on saving lives and improving the quality of life for people with these diseases.

In an effort to inspire new generations of clinician–scientists to confront these medical challenges, I mentor undergraduates, medical students, nurses, and house staff who have research interests in cardiology, rheumatology, immunology, endocrinology, and neurology. I’m also the course director for the Basic and Translational Research Elective in Inflammation and Lipid Metabolism, part of NYU Long Island School of Medicine’s MD curriculum.

It is my ardent belief that we have a responsibility to improve medical care, expand medical education, and discover innovative treatments for our patients. To these ends, I’ve lectured at national meetings on many topics, including Alzheimer’s disease and atherosclerosis.

I’ve received recognition for my work from the American Heart Association, the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, and the Alzheimer’s Disease Resource Center.

I’m an editorial board member of the Journal of Investigative Medicine, on the advisory board of World Journal of Rheumatology, and serve as an associate editor for Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience.

Education and Training

  • Fellowship, NYU School of Medicine, Cell Biology, 1986–91
  • Residency, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ)–Rutgers Medical School, Saint Peter’s University Hospital, Internal Medicine, 1984–86
  • Internship, UMDNJ–Rutgers Medical School, Internal Medicine, 1983–84
  • MD, SUNY Downstate Medical School, 1979–83
  • BS, Brooklyn College, The City University of New York, Biology, 1975–79





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