“I believe that all patients deserve to be cared for in a caring, compassionate and friendly way. By striving to listen to your concerns, I hope to get to the root cause of your allergy and/or immune issues and come up with an effective plan to prevent or control your symptoms. Allergic reactions, asthma and food allergies can be very serious. I try to find good strategies to help you cope, in addition to using state of the art diagnostics and medications to get the best outcomes for every patient.”

Board Certification(s)

  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Pediatrics

Areas of Expertise

  • Allergic Reactions
  • Allergic Rhinitis diagnosis and treatments with and without injections
  • Adult and Pediatric Asthma
  • Alpha-Gal food allergy diagnosis and treatments
  • Chronic Cough
  • Clinical immunology
  • Exercise induced Asthma
  • Hives / Urticaria
  • Immune deficiencies
  • Irritable Bowel Symptoms caused by multiple food allergies
  • Mast cell disorders MCAS / POTS evaluations and treatments
  • Medication allergies
  • Sinusitis
  • Pediatric allergy and immunology
  • Fire ant allergy evaluation and treatment



Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Lackland AFB, TX


Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center
Lackland AFB, TX


University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Houston, TX

Medical School

University of Puerto Rico School of Medicine
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Graduate School

Webster University
St Louis, MO

Undergraduate School

University of Puerto Rico
Bachelor of Science
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Hospital(s) Affiliated With

Carilion Clinic Roanoke Memorial Hospital

Professional Associations

American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI)

American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI)

Asthma and Allergy Society of Virginia (AASV)
Member, Former Board of Directors

Medical Society of Virginia


A.Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose Specific IgE is Associated with Anaphylaxis but not Asthma. Scott P. Commins, Libby A. Kelly, Eva Rönmark, Hayley R. James, Shawna L. Pochan, Edward J. Peters, Bo Lundbäck, Lucy W. Nganga, Philip J. Cooper, Janelle M. Hoskins, Saju S. Eapen, Luis A. Matos, Dane C. McBride, Peter W. Heymann, Judith A. Woodfolk, Matthew S. Perzanowski, and Thomas A. E. Platts-Mills. “Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.” January 26, 2012. rccm.201111-2017OC [Epub ahead of print]. “Am. J. Respir. Crit. Care Med.” April 1, 2012 vol. 185 no. 7723-730.

B.Initial description of pork-cat syndrome in the United States. Posthumus J, James HR, Lane CJ, Matos LA, Platts-Mills TA, Commins SP. “J Allergy Clin Immunol.” 2013 Jan 23. pii: S0091-6749(12)02645-0. doi: 10.1016/j.jaci.2012.12.665. [Epub ahead of print]

C.Galactose-alpha-1, 3-galactose: an important cause of delayed anaphylaxis, angioedema, and urticaria in pediatric patients.Kennedy JL2, Stallings AP2, Platts-Mills TAE2, Oliveira WM5, Workman L2, James HR2, Tripathi A2, Lane CJ3, Matos LA4, Heymann PW1, Commins SP1, 2* “Pediatrics” May 2013; 131(5): e1545–e1552.

D.Pediatric Alpha-Gal: IgE Antibodies to Galactose-Alpha-1,3-Galactose in Children Presenting with Delayed Urticaria or Anaphylaxis. Hayley James, Josh L. Kennedy, MD, Thomas Platts-Mills, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FRS, Amy Polen Stallings, MD Lisa J. Workman, BA ,Anubha Tripathi, M, Shawna Pochan, DNP, CNM, Charles Lane, MD, Luis A. Matos, MD, MBA, FAAAAI, Saju S. Eapen, MD, Dane C. McBride, MD, FAAAAI, Peter W. Heymann, MD, Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD .“Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.” Volume 131, Issue 2, Supplement, Page AB217, February 2013

E.Galactose-α-1,3-galactose and delayed anaphylaxis, angioedema, and urticaria in children. Kennedy JL, Stallings AP, Platts-Mills TA, Oliveira WM, Workman L, James HR, Tripathi A, Lane CJ, Matos L, Heymann PW, Commins SP.
“Pediatrics.” 2013 May;131(5):e1545-52. doi: 10.1542/peds.2012-2585. Epub 2013 Apr 8.PMID: 23569097.

Academic Appointments

Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics (IP)
Immunology Lectures to Third year Med Students during Roanoke Pediatrics Rotation
University of Virginia School of Medicine