Anjuli S. Nayak, MD Res ’81, is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago. She and her husband, Nicholas A. Nayak, MD, are the founders of Sneeze, Wheeze, and Itch Associates, a private practice and research center in Normal, IL.
She received her early schooling and medical degree in India. After her pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Peoria and the Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey, she completed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Nayak has been a principle investigator of multiple clinical trials in drug development and her publications and articles have exceeded 500 in peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of her work, Dr. Nayak received the Outstanding Clinical, Technological, and Scholarly Achievement Award applied to Medical Research by the faculty for the University of Illinois in 2000-2001 and in 2007-2008. Dr. Nayak has served on multiple sub-specialty committees and sections’ chair for The College and The Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology. She was awarded the “Women in Allergy” award in 2011 by the American College of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology and in 2012 was honored with the President’s Humanitarian award by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for her work in India-her care of orphans, establishment of a hospital and the Anjuli S. Nayak Nursing School. She also started the first accredited training program in Allergy and Immunology at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. For her community involvement, Dr. Nayak has been nominated for the YWCA’s “Woman of Distinction” award on two occasions.
The Nayaks’ support the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois, includes the establishment of the Nayak Family Foundation Endowed Research Lecture Series in Evidence-Based and Clinical Translational Medicine. The Series brings nationally and internationally renown speakers to the campus several times a year to address students regarding current issues and trends in evidence-based and clinical translational medicine and research. On July 12th 2012, the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago established Anjuli S. Nayak, MD. Endowed Professorship in Pediatrics.
The Nayaks’ are the parents of three sons, David Nayak, MD, MPH; Zachary Nayak, MD, and Luke Nayak, in Medical School. Dr. Anjuli S. Nayak is a survivor of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia with a stem cell transplant. She now lives a life to glorify the Great Physician, who gave her new birth, new vision, and renewed purpose for life.
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