Emily C. McGowan

Emily C. McGowan, MD

Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Primary Location:
Asthma Allergy and Immunology

3rd Floor, Suite 311 

2955 Ivy Road (250 West)

Charlottesville, VA 22903

Secondary Locations:


ABMS Certification:
Allergy & Immunology
Research Interests:

Eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs), including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE) and food allergy

Clinical Practice:
Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Pediatric Respiratory Medicine, Allergy and Immunology


Associate Professor

Fellowship trained in allergy/clinical immunology, Emily C. McGowan, MD, PhD, specializes in caring for patients with eosinophilic conditions, including eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), other eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders (EGIDs), and hypereosinophilic syndrome. She also sees patients with food allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis, and urticarial/angioedema.

She completed her undergraduate education at Duke University and then pursued research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She completed her medical training at the University of Virginia, her internship/residency training at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts, and fellowship training in allergy/clinical immunology at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, Maryland.

She also completed a PhD in clinical investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. McGowan returned to UVA in 2016.

Dr. McGowan’s research interest focuses on understanding the epidemiology and treatment options for eosinophilic gastrointestinal disease. She has received funding through:  

  • NIH/National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Foundation (AAAAI Foundation, formerly ARTrust)
  • Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
  • American College of Gastroenterology

She is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. 

  • 2014 Junior Faculty Research Award, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology & Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE)
  • 2019 Best Bedside Manner Awards, OurHealth Charlottesville and Shenandoah Valley Magazine; Honorable Mention, Allergy and Immunology


University of Virginia
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Johns Hopkins Hospital