Meet the Physicians and Staff

Bruce Zuraw, MD

zurawDr. Zuraw is the Director of the US HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego. Dr. Zuraw specializes in all types of non-histaminergic angioedemas, with particular attention to Hereditary Angioedema. He is Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy & lmmunology at the University of California San Diego School of Medicine. Dr. Zuraw chairs the US HAEA Medical Advisory Board, is an international thought leader in angioedema and has been a driving force behind HAE research in the US. Dr. Zuraw is the inaugural holder of the US HAEA Endowed Chair. Dr. Zuraw has received multiple NIH grant awards, has published extensively in the area, served as a permanent member of a NIH scientific study section and currently is Principal Investigator on several federal research grants in angioedema and asthma.

Marc Riedl, MD, MS

riedlDr. Riedl is a Professor of Medicine, Clinical Director of the US HAEA Angioedema Center at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD), and the Training Program Director for Allergy/Immunology at UCSD. Dr. Riedl received his medical degree from the University of Chicago-Pritzker School of Medicine, trained in internal medicine at Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, and completed fellowships in Allergy/Immunology and Clinical Pharmacology at the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA). He also received a Master’s degree in Clinical Research at UCLA. Prior to his arrival at UCSD, Dr. Riedl served as Section Chief of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at UCLA.
Dr. Riedl directs the clinical services of the Angioedema Center and leads the Center’s active clinical research program. His professional focus is on angioedema conditions and primary immunodeficiency. He has published extensively in these areas and served on numerous editorial boards and scientific committees, as well as appointed expert panels for the FDA and NIH. Dr. Riedl is an international thought leader in hereditary angioedema and a member of the Medical Advisory Board for the US Hereditary Angioedema Association.

Sandra Christiansen, MD

christiansenDr. Christiansen is a Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego and a faculty member of the Angioedema Center and Allergy & Immunology section. She has partnered with the US HAEA since its inception and was instrumental in the founding of the Angioedema Center. She led the development of the US HAEA Scientific Registry and Biorepository. Dr. Christiansen serves as a member of the US HAEA’s Medical Advisory Board. She has published extensively on both clinical and scientific aspects of HAE. Dr. Christiansen has led NIH funded investigations on the pathophysiology of allergic airway disease and its epidemiology in underserved socioeconomically disadvantaged populations. Throughout her career she has been devoted to clinical teaching and was honored by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology with the AAAAI Volunteer Faculty award for outstanding teaching. Dr. Christiansen is an internationally respected allergy and angioedema expert.

Teri Templeton, LVN

TempletonTeri Templeton, LVN, is the Nurse Navigator with the US HAEA Angioedema Center at the University of California – San Diego (UCSD) and obtained her LVN from Kaplan College. Teri’s primary role with the Center as Nurse Navigator is to personally guide each patient through the Center experience. Teri works in the clinical and research side of the Angioedema Center as a direct patient care provider and also manages the daily operations of the clinic. With a focus on patient care and advocacy, Teri strives to educate other healthcare professionals regarding this rare disease through outreach programs and serving on nursing boards. Teri is an active member of the Medical Reserve Corps for San Diego County and holds a Level 4 Healing Touch Apprentice certification.

Rachel Baldwin, RN

Rachel Baldwin is a registered nurse with a BA from the University of New Hampshire and Bachelor of Science in nursing from the University of Southern Maine. She comes to UC San Diego following a career in blood banking and as a Float RN in the clinic setting. Rachel has extensive training and experience in venipuncture and venous access devices. Rachel’s greatest skill is therapeutic communication, actively listening to patients, and putting patients at ease with her caring demeanor.

Michelle Boyle, MA, CPT

Michelle brings 7-years of medical assisting and 5-years of phlebotomy experience to the Angioedema Center. With a background which includes experience in Family & Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Sleep Medicine, Allergy, HIV and the UCSD Labs. Michelle is the primary phlebotomist for the processing of the research labs drawn in the Center as well as initiating authorizations for all the specialty drugs used to treat HAE. Michelle is a graduate of UEI College as a Certified Medical Assistant and received her Certified Phlebotomy Technician through US College of Health and Human Services.

Tiffanni Epenesa

Tiffanni brings over 9 years of Administrative/Patient Service experience to the Angioedema Center, four of which were spent here at UCSD as a Hospital Assistant III serving as a patient and clinic resource for seven surgical departments which includes the Burn Clinic, Urology, Neurosurgery, Head and Neck Surgery, General Surgery, Plastic Surgery and Vascular Surgery. Tiffanni works closely with the HAEA and is responsible for coordinating many aspects of the patients visit. As a long time allergy patient herself she enjoys working with and getting to know our patients.

Jennifer Blair

Jennifer Blair is the Clinical Research Coordinator for the Angioedema Center. Ms. Blair has been assisting in clinical studies since 2000, beginning with research at Washington University School of Medicine, working to elucidate the genetic markers that predict disease. In 2004 she transferred to the UC San Diego School of Medicine, and in 2006 joined Dr. Zuraw’s research team, coordinating clinical trials to earn FDA approval of new treatments for Hereditary Angioedema, that at the time were virtually non-existent in the United States. These treatments included C1INH replacement therapy, kallikrein inhibition, and bradykinin B2 receptor antagonism. One of the fundamental priorities of the HAEA is to advocate for new and better treatment options for Hereditary Angioedema. Jennifer coordinates the research efforts of the Angioedema Center and aims to offer all interested patients the opportunity to participate in clinical trials promoting the exciting new treatments currently in development for the management of HAE. Ms. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis.