Core Team

Dr. Inderpal Randhawa
Founder and Chief Medical Officer
Dr. Inderpal Randhawa
Founder and Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Inderpal Randhawa is a leading specialist with board certifications in allergy, immunology, pulmonology, general pediatrics, and internal medicine. He gained interest in food allergy while serving as a sub-investigator in an early study utilizing Omalizumab (Trade name: Xolair). Meanwhile, he was witnessing a dramatic and unprecedented increase in the number of pediatric patients admitted to the intensive care unit as the result of anaphylaxis. The severity and frequency of these cases drove Dr. Randhawa to question the direction of food allergy treatment and motivated him to find more effective solutions than those from clinical trials.

In addition, Dr. Randhawa had experience desensitizing lung transplant patients with life-threatening allergies to critical and indispensable anti-rejection drugs that utilized a patient-specific desensitization protocol. These experiences, and his collaboration with national allergy and immunology specialists, informed Dr. Randhawa’s precision medicine approach to treating food allergy. Since 2005, Dr. Randhawa has treated patients with life-threatening allergies to peanut, tree nuts, milk, egg, wheat, soy, seafood, seeds, and other foods using precision medicine oral immunotherapy (OIT). As of October of 2016, Dr. Randhawa has successfully treated nearly 1,700 patients using his unique, research-based OIT protocol, achieving an unmatched 99% rate of success.

Dr. Randhawa serves as the program director and research coordinator in two fellowship programs at the David Geffen UCLA School of Medicine and UC Irvine — Miller Children’s Hospital. In addition, he practices clinical medicine in pulmonary diseases, immune deficiencies, allergy and transplant medicine. Dr. Randhawa is also the Founder and Medical Director of the Translational Pulmonary and Immunology Research Center (TPIRC).

Dr. Randhawa received his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. After completing a combined internal medicine/pediatrics residency, he completed training in Clinical Immunology & Allergy at UCLA and pediatric and adult pulmonology at UC Irvine – Miller Children’s Hospital. Dr. Randhawa has authored over 150 peer reviewed abstracts and research publications and has served as primary investigator in over 25 clinical trials.

He is married with three children.

Anoop Lohara
Chief Financial Officer
Anoop Lohara
Chief Financial Officer

Anoop is a Senior Finance and Operations executive with extensive experience developing and executing business strategies and delivering effective solutions in complex business environments. He currently serves as Vice President of Talent Acquisition for Advantage Solutions where he is responsible for managing recruiting operations for the organization. Anoop holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Southern California.

Catherine Huang
Director of Advocacy and Development
Catherine Huang
Director of Advocacy and Development

Catherine is a passionate advocate for the health of children, families, and others. As a lawyer, she represented large companies, small organizations, and individuals in court, arbitration proceedings, and negotiations. She litigated consumer rights, unfair competition, professional negligence, and other commercial matters. In addition, she has lead volunteer endeavors dedicated to improving kids’ lives, including several food allergy related causes. She has served on the Executive Board of the parents’ league at an independent school in Los Angeles. She has extensive fundraising and outreach experience. She earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and Juris Doctor from the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. Her two children are successful SoCal Food Allergy graduates for peanuts, tree nuts and milk.

Herman Sandhu
Medical Liaison
Herman Sandhu
Medical Liaison

Herman serves as the medical liaison for SoCal Food Allergy, overseeing the clinic’s operations — including scheduling, prescriptions, authorizations, procedures, supplies, and equipment. In addition, he manages patient data for research studies and prepares physician group presentations. Prior to his work with SoCal Food Allergy, Herman worked at The Lung and Allergy Institute of Los Angeles, where he was the office manager and assistant to Dr. Randhawa. Herman attended the University of California, Irvine.

Advisory Board

From left to right: Gregg Lichtenstein, Gareth Asten, Caroline Packman, Matt Schwab, Neil Chudgar

Gregg Lichtenstein

Gregg Lichtenstein is a brand strategist who drives performance for organizations through the alignment of strategy, design, communications, and culture. He is currently a consultant at Red Square, an award-winning creative consultancy, where he heads the firm’s west coast presence. He has built and protected the brand experience for companies in a variety of industries including technology, healthcare, professional sports, energy, education, aviation, real estate, nonprofit, and retail. He previously led the branding practice at Deutser, an advertising and marketing firm based in Houston. Gregg has two decades of experience in executive leadership and communications strategy and served as an advisor to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa after building the digital strategy for the Mayor’s office. He holds a B.A. from Tulane University and M.A. from the University of Southern California. Gregg’s son is currently a SoCal Food Allergy patient for allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, soy, eggs, chickpeas, and mustard seeds.

Gareth Asten

Gareth Asten’s career spans a variety of positions both as an operating executive and as a principal investor. Early in his career Gareth spent a few years both as an investment banker and working in private equity primarily focusing on food and consumer companies. He continued his career as an operating executive in three separate leveraged buyouts. He is currently the co-founder and Managing Partner of Acre Venture Partners, a $125 million venture capital firm investing in highly disruptive early stage platform companies for better outcomes in the food system. Gareth earned his BS from DePaul University and his MBA from Harvard. He lives in Brentwood with his wife of 15 years and two children and enjoys endurance running and cooking in his free time. His son is currently a SoCal Food Allergy patient for allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, and seeds.

Caroline Packman

Caroline is a native of New Jersey who currently lives in California with her husband and two boys. She has been managing food allergies since 2006, when her oldest son was diagnosed with severe allergies to sesame, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, eggs, wheat, mustard, and kiwi. She soon discovered that the world of food allergies was not easy. Often, her son was the first child with severe food allergies at his schools and camp. In addition, he later developed Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE).

In search of a doctor to help her son with his pain, Caroline was fortunate enough to meet with Dr. Randhawa — who worked tirelessly to clear the EoE and treat her son’s severe environmental allergies.  After that, Dr. Randhawa began the process of desensitizing her son to all of the allergens that were previously on his prohibited list, and he is so excited to eat many of the foods he avoided all his life. Caroline knows firsthand how overwhelming it can be to get a food allergy diagnosis, and she is dedicated to supporting, educating, and connecting other people living with food allergies.

Matt Schwab

Matthew Schwab is the Managing Director of Karlin Real Estate, which he founded in 2008.  He has overseen over two billion dollars in acquisitions and financings of real estate across the United States and Europe.  His opportunistic purchases of office, multi-family, hotel and retail assets throughout the financial crisis enabled Karlin to become a major player amongst private equity firms . Using his experience from several billion dollars in career acquisitions, Matthew has aggressively built the company’s presence in the real estate and restructuring investment community across the globe. He has moderated and served on a number of panels, including the PERE Global Investor Forum in Los Angeles and the IMN Opportunity Fund Winter Conference in Laguna Beach. Currently, he sits on the Board of Advisors for the Ziman Center for Real Estate and the Price Center for Entrepreneurial Studies both located at the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. He sits on the Board of  Trustees for PS1 Elementary School in Santa Monica. He is a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara (B.S. in Economics) and the Anderson School at UCLA (M.B.A.). His daughter is currently a SoCal Food Allergy patient for allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, gluten, and fish.

Neil Chudgar

Neil Chudgar is a Partner and Senior Portfolio Manager at Ivory Investment Management, L.P., a fundamental value-based investment firm headquartered in Los Angeles. Prior to joining Ivory in 2005, he was an Associate in the special situations investing group at the Trust Company of the West and, prior to that, an Investment Banking Analyst at Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette. He graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Biological Sciences. Neil lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife and three children. His eldest daughter is a successful SoCal Food Allergy graduate for numerous tree nut and environmental allergies.

Physician Support Group

Jennifer G. Sarayba MD
Family Medicine
Jennifer G. Sarayba MD
Family Medicine

Dr. Randhawa, his staff and his program have been nothing short of a miracle for my very own children. I have two children currently in the program with multiple allergies, who are overcoming these allergies one by one. My oldest son can now have eggs and some milk products. In a few weeks, I will be able to take my son out for pizza and ice cream. Seems so simple, but such a joyous event for a child who could not even touch these foods without getting an allergic reaction. My other son is now starting on Almonds. The program works incredibly and is the greatest gift that I could ever give my children. I hope that many more children afflicted by food allergies will have the wonderful opportunity for a cure as my children do.

Jocelyn Won MD
Family Medicine
Jocelyn Won MD
Family Medicine

As much as I had wanted treatment for my son’s life threatening food allergies during the first 9 years of his life, I took my time in finding the right program. Dr. Randhawa’s program makes medical sense to me. I feel confident in his outcomes and comfortable with his approach to minimize risk. We are 4 months into treatment and I’m very thankful that Dr. Randhawa is taking care of my son.

Jason Yip MD
Gastroenterology
Jason Yip MD
Gastroenterology

The keyword that Dr. Randhawa has offered us is hope. Hope that our kids will one day be able to eat without fear of being itchy, scratchy, and miserable. The hope that they will not feel ostracized during birthday parties or gatherings around meals. Most importantly, the hope that we, as parents, will not fear losing our children due to accidental ingestion of foods that have proven to cause anaphylaxis in our children.

For those reasons, I would advocate strongly for support of the Southern California Food Allergy Institute.

Keren Ziv MD, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and Mike Goldberg MD
Anesthesiology
Keren Ziv MD, Neurosurgical Anesthesiology and Mike Goldberg MD
Anesthesiology

We are truly grateful that our son is a patient of Dr Randhawa. As physicians ourselves, we know that it takes a remarkable person and doctor to think outside the box and alter the landscape of traditional medicine. As parents, we are moved beyond belief to see our son becoming a more confident, less anxious boy who will have a future of freedom. Freedom to travel, freedom to have fun with friends, freedom from the fear of life’s basic necessity: food. With his smile and encouraging approach, we look forward to seeing Dr Randhawa and his terrific staff each visit. Thank you!

Perrin Curran MD
Internal Medicine
Perrin Curran MD
Internal Medicine

As a father and a physician, I am deeply grateful to Dr. Randhawa for helping my three sons overcome their allergies. The program gets results. My kids are now eating foods every day that used to cause severe reactions. Our oldest son will start college in a few years and it helps to know that he will have a much easier and safer transition as he goes out on his own — thanks to being part of this great program.

Aaron Rockoff MD
Endocrinology
Aaron Rockoff MD
Endocrinology

As a physician, I had a tough time accepting that I was unable to treat my son’s eczema. High dose topical steroids only made the situation worse, and his severe food allergies seemed to be at the center of the problem.

Dr Randhawa’s precision medicine approach to food allergies has changed our lives as we eliminate allergy after allergy. My son’s IgE level before starting was over 12,000 and his life revolved around doctor visits. Now he is going to have the normal childhood that we hoped he could have.

Mara Archambault MD
Internal Medicine
Mara Archambault MD
Internal Medicine

When we researched Dr. Randhawa’s work with OIT and heard the incredible success stories by networking with other parents, we knew we had to pursue this for our son. We want Dominic to be able to live his life free from fear of food and fully able to participate in a society centered around eating together. We feel so hopeful that his future will be that of a “normal” kid. We are incredibly fortunate to be under the care of such a dedicated and compassionate doctor.

Arman Forouzannia MD
Radiology
Arman Forouzannia MD
Radiology

Dr. Randhawa has been instrumental in getting our son’s allergy treatment on the right track and giving us hope for a brighter future. In a climate of conservative management, mainly involving food avoidance, Dr. Randhawa’s pioneering and cutting-edge methods are breaking traditional barriers. He inspires hope in families by conquering their kids’ allergies and freeing them from the fear of anaphylaxis.

Dr. Alvina Leung MD
Internal Medicine
Dr. Alvina Leung MD
Internal Medicine

I have been an Internist for 15+ years. Specifically, I am a Nocturnist. I became a Nocturnist so that I would be “on call” during the day for my son because he has multiple life-threatening food allergies. As a mom and doctor, I can empathize having a child with severe food allergies. I have researched several treatment centers including UCLA, Stanford, and private practice. I chose Dr. Randhawa because I am so impressed with his knowledge, compassion, and attention to detail when treating food allergies. He is the only doctor I know who adheres to the idea of Precision Medicine: tailoring food allergy treatment to my child specifically. His thorough approach of history-taking, exam, and lab work makes me feel confident in his ability to help my son.

My goal as a mom was to have my child be able to go to college food allergy free — to be able to eat and socialize without the threat of anaphylaxis. When my son was 13, I lost faith in waiting for the hope that he would outgrow his allergies. Since being in treatment with Dr. Randhawa, my son has made so much progress that he can eat almost freely before he reaches his 2nd year of high school! (we are still in the treatment phase)

We need more doctors trained in the way Dr. Randhawa practices OIT. My wish is that others can share in the benefit my son has received in his OIT treatment from Dr. Randhawa. If I were to go back to medical school and choose a profession, I would become an allergist learning how to do OIT the way Dr. Randhawa practices. Who knows ? Maybe my son will follow in Dr. R’s path!

Jeff Baker D.O.
Professor Emergency Medicine
Jeff Baker D.O.
Professor Emergency Medicine

My son had significant allergies to nuts, requiring an EpiPen for anaphylaxis. Over the course of four years under the care of Dr. Randhawa, he was desensitized to over 7 nuts. It’s really great to never worry when my son is away from home, trying new foods. I’m thankful to Dr. Randhawa and his staff for making this miracle a reality.

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