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About Dr. Irwin Rappaport

Dr irwin RappaportA native New Yorker, Dr. Irwin Rappaport received his B.S. Degree from Columbia University College of Pharmacy. Following a fellowship appointment in pharmaceutical research at the University of Wisconsin, and marriage to his future practice partner, Barbara, Dr. Rappaport enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. After an Honorable Discharge, he used his GI Bill to partly finance medical school education at the Medical College of Virginia (Barbara working to keep bill collectors away while raising their 6 month and two year old sons.) His graduation from medical school started a long set of career accomplishments:

  • Internship in Internal Medicine at Bellevue Hospital, New York
  • Residency in Pediatrics at New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell)
  • Fellowship in Allergy & Immunology at St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Appointment as Assistant Director of Pediatrics at the New York Polyclinic Hospital
  • Director of Nurseries at French Hospital, New York City
  • Founder and Director of Research of the Section of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Pediatrics, New York Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell)
  • Founder and Training Program Director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program, Department of Pediatrics, NY Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell).
  • Physician-in-Charge of the Allergy/Immunology Clinic, Department of Pediatrics, NY Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell).
  • Co-Director of the Division of Pediatric Allergy,Immunology and Pulmonary Disease, NY Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell).
  • CO-Director Children's Asthma, Immunology and Respiratory Center, NY Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell)

Believing that there is no greater virtue being a physician than caring for patients, Dr. Rappaport opened his practice for the specialty of Allergy and Immunology for all ages, and the primary care of Pediatrics in 1965. Since teaching and research are intrinsic to keeping medically current, Dr. Rappaport balanced patient practice with his duties (above) as Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, New York Weill Medical Center (Cornell Medical College), training young future Allergists and Immunologists and doing basic and clinical research. He has published over 24 professional articles in major medical journals and has edited several books on medical subjects.

Current hospital appointments include admitting privileges at:

  • Clinical Attending Pediatrician at NY Presbyterian Hospital (Cornell Campus)
  • Attending Physician, Lenox Hill Hospital, New York City
  • Dr. Rappaport is board certified in Allergy & Immunology, and Pediatrics.

He is a Fellow of:

  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Memberships in Professional Societies include:

  • American Medical Association
  • Medical Society of the State of New York
  • New York County Medical Society
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • New York Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society
  • Joint Council of Allergy and Immunology

Honors include:

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • Sigma Zeta Honor Science Society
  • Recipient Avalon Scholarship, Medical College of Virginia
  • Mead Johnson Pediatric Resident Fellowship Award
  • NIH Training Grant, Pediatric Allergy, St. Vincent's Hospital & Medical Center
  • Who's Who in the East
  • Top Allergy Doctors in the Tristate Area
  • Top Pediatricians in America
  • Honored Lecturer, sponsored by WHO, First International Symposium on Allergy & Immunology in Latin America, Caracas, Venezuela

Guest lectures have included GRAND ROUNDS LECTURER at major medical centers, Director and lecturer of several Aeroallergenic Plants and Molds Seminars at the New York Botanical Gardens, and the Pediatric Review Course for ECMFG physicians at New York Polyclinic Hospital.


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