Aaron Ver Heul, MD, PhD joined the Department of Medicine on July 1, 2019 as an Instructor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology.
Dr. Ver Heul is originally from Iowa, where he attended Iowa State University on a National Merit Scholarship and earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Master of Science degree in Biophysics. He next attended the NIH-sponsored Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa College of Medicine, where he earned his MD and PhD in biochemistry. While working toward his PhD, he completed an internship at the Institute for Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine in Bangalore, India. Dr. Ver Heul then completed residency in Internal Medicine at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, MO followed by fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the Washington University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ver Heul is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Allergy & Immunology. His interest in the specialty of Allergy began in his youth, when he suffered from significant allergies and benefited greatly from treatment by his Allergist. He has clinical interest in asthma, urticaria, immunodeficiency, sinusitis, eosinophilic esophagitis and environmental, food and drug allergies. He is especially interested in chronic inflammatory diseases of the mucosa, including chronic rhinosinusitis, poorly-controlled asthma and eosinophilic esophagitis. Dr. Ver Heul’s interest in Immunology began while working on his PhD, when he was studying the biochemical regulation of immune responses. His current research focuses on mucosal immunology, repair and host-microbe interactions and on how these relate to chronic allergic inflammatory diseases.