President Theoharis C. Theoharides, MS, PhD, MD, FAAAAI

Brief Biographical Statement


Theoharis Constantin Theoharides was born on Feb. 11, 1950 in Thessaloniki, Greece where he finished high school on scholarship at Anatolia College. He received his BA (Biology), MS (Immunology), MPhil (Endocrinology), PhD (Pharmacology) and M.D. (Medicine) degrees with honors from Yale University and was awarded the Winternitz Price in Pathology. His doctoral thesis advisors were the late Dr. W. W. Douglas, member of the Royal Academy of Sciences, and Dr. P. Greengard, 2000 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine, while his dissertation examiner was the late George Palade, 1974 Nobel Laureate in Physiology and Medicine. Dr. Theoharides has a Certificate in Global Leadership and Managementfrom the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and was selected Kennedy Fellow for an MPA at the J.F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Dr. Theoharides served on the Research Faculty of Allergy and Immunology at Yale (1978-1983). He trained in internal medicine at New England Medical Center (NEMC), Boston, MA and is a member of the Thessaloniki Medical Association and the Massachusetts Medical Society.  He joined Tufts University in 1983, was tenured in 1991 and became full professor in 1995. He helped develop the Department and graduate studies in Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, of which he was the Director of Medical Pharmacology (1986-1993). He served on three Curriculum Revision Committees, two Accreditation Subcommittees, as well as on the Program and Faculty, the Promotion and Tenure, and the Strategic Implementation Committees. He was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the National Medical Honor Fraternity, and received over 20 awards including the Tufts Alumni Awardfor Faculty Excellence, twice the Distinguished Faculty Recognition Award, the Award for Excellence in Teaching eight times, NEMC’s Oliver Smith Award “recognizing excellence, compassion and service”, Boston Mayor’s Community Award, the Boston Diocean Award, the Dr. George Papanicolau Award, and is “Archon Ieromnemon” of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Dr. Theoharides is a member of 17 scientific societies, including the Hellenic Pharmacology Society, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, the European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology and the Royal Academy of Medicine (UK).. He has published over 270 research papers and 2 Textbooks of Pharmacology (Little, Brown & co., USA, 1996; Litsas, Greece, 2001. His research focuses on the role of a blood cell, the mast cell, in the development of inflammation in asthma, arthritis, autism, eczema, interstitial cystitis, migraines and multiple sclerosis. He was the first to show that mast cells can be stimulated by non-allergic triggers to release mediators selectively, and that acute stress triggers mast cell activation through specific receptors for corticotropin-releasing hormone. He is Deputy Editor of the European J Inflammation, the International J Immunopathol and Pharmacol, and J Biol Regul Homeost Agents, as well as on the Editorial Board of Expert Opinion in Pharmacotherapy, and ad hoc reviewer in over 20 other journals.  He has served on 10 different NIH Study Sections.  He has trained 23 high school students, 27 college students, 13 medical students, 10 Doctoral, 7 Masters and 46 post-doctorate students. He has developed a number of nutraceuticals for inflammatory conditions available in the USA (  He has received 21 US and International patents, as well as 9 Trade Marks.

Dr. Theoharides has served as Secretary of the Yale University Senate, as President of the Association of Greeks at Yale, and President of the New England Hellenic Medical and Dental Society.  He has also served on the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the Hellenic College-Holy Cross (Brookline, MA).  Dr. Theoharides has been serving as the Clinical Pharmacologist of the Massachusetts Drug Formulary Commission continuously since 1986 (1983-2010).

In the Hellenic Republic he served on the Board of the Inst. Pharmaceutical Res. and Technol. (IFET) and Special Advisor for the establishment of the Laboratory for Drug Bioequivalence (1994-1999), as Chairman, Intl. Committee for Medical Education of the Ministries of Education and Health (1995), on the Supreme Scientific Advisory Health Council, Ministry of Health (1997-2001), on the Supreme HealthCare Board of the Institute of Social Welfare (IKA), Ministry of Labor and Social Insurance(1999-2002), and on the National Public Health Council, Ministry of Health (2003-2008). He helped establish and is the Scientific Advisor for the Allergy Clinical Research Center at Attikon Hospital (2005-2012), Athens, Greece, and was visiting Professor at Athens University Medical School (1985). He also served on the Committee for Research Evaluation, Italian Ministry of Universities and Research. (2005).