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Jessica Macdougall, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Section of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, School of Medicine
  • Director, Burghardt Food Allergy Center


Dr. Jessica Macdougall finished her Allergy/Immunology fellowship at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UNC-Chapel Hill, after which she worked as a certified nursing assistant at both Duke University and UNC Hospitals for two years to gain clinical experience.  She completed her Master’s in Physiology at Georgetown University followed by her medical degree and pediatrics residency at UNC Chapel Hill. She is board certified in Pediatrics and adult and pediatric Allergy and Immunology. Her main clinical and research interests include food allergies, especially patient education and therapeutics. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending time outdoors with her family, friends, and dog, Izze.

Education and training

  • Degrees

    • M.D., 2018, University of North Carolina
    • M.S., 2014, Georgetown University
    • B.S., 2010, University of North Carolina
  • Residency

    • Pediatrics - Primary Care Residency, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC 2018-2021
  • Fellowship

    • Allergy Immunology Fellowship, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC 2021-2023
  • Certifications

    • Board Certified, Allergy and Immunology (2023)


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Selected publications

  • Macdougall, J. D., & Kim, E. H. (2023). A clinical focus on oral tolerance in the development, prevention, and management of food allergy. Cellular Immunology, 386. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.CELLIMM.2023.104693 
  • Dattilo, T. M., Roberts, C. M., Fisher, R. S., Stutes, S., Atkinson, D., Gregory, K., Virkud, J. M. V., Macdougall, J., Carter, C., Mullins, L. L., & Tackett, A. P. (2023). Child-caregiver cognitive appraisals and caregiver food allergy burden and management. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Allergy.
  • Roberts, C. M., Dattilo, T. M., Stutes, S., Atkinson, D., Gregory, K., Virkud, Y. V., Macdougall, J., Carter, C., Mullins, L. L., & Tackett, A. P. (in press). Experiences of caregivers of children with food allergy during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.
  • Macdougall JD, Thomas KO, Iweala OI. The Meat of the Matter: Understanding and Managing Alpha-Gal Syndrome. Immunotargets Ther. 2022; 11:37-54. doi: 10.2147/ITT.S276872.
  • Macdougall JD, Burks AW, Kim EH. Current Insights into Immunotherapy Approaches for Food Allergy. Immunotargets Ther. 2021; 10:1-8. doi: 10.2147/ITT.S266257.


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