Karl O. A. Yu MD, PhD, FAAP

Karl O. Yu

Karl O. A. Yu
MD, PhD, FAAP

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences


Specialty/Research Focus

Immunology; Infectious Disease; Microbiology; Pediatric Infectious Diseases; Pediatrics; Virology

Contact Information
UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
1001 Main Street, 5th floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0150
Fax: (716) 323-0296
kyu10@buffalo.edu


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Education and Training:

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, University of Chicago Medical Center (2014)
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Cohen Children‘s Medical Center of New York, Hofstra/Northwell Health (formerly North Shore LIJ Health System) (2011)
  • Internship, Pediatrics, Cohen Children‘s Medical Center of New York, Hofstra/Northwell Health (formerly North Shore LIJ Health System) (2009)
  • MD, Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2008)
  • PhD, Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2008)
  • MS, Microbiology and Immunology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University (2002)
  • BA, Biochemistry, Hiram College, Summa Cum Laude (2000)

Employment:

  • Consultant, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Sisters of Charity Hospital (2019-present)
  • Attending Physician, Infectious Diseases, Oishei Children's Hospital (2018-present)
  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, University at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (2018-present)
  • Infection Prevention Officer, Oishei Children‘s Hospital (2018-present)
  • Assistant Director, Center for Infectious Diseases and Immunology, Rochester General Hospital Rochester General Hospital Research Institute (2017–2018)
  • Clinical Associate, Pediatrics, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2017)
  • Inpatient Consultant, Edward Hospital (2015–2017)
  • Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2015–2017)
  • Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine (2014–2015)

Awards and Honors:

  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd: America‘s Top Doctors (2020)
  • University of Chicago Pediatric Research Day: Research Poster Award for Junior Faculty (Translational Research) (2016)
  • Clinical Immunology Society Annual Meeting: Travel Grant (2015)
  • ID Week: Travel Grant (2014)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society: Pediatric Fellow Poster Award (2014)
  • St. Jude Children‘s Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society Research Conference: Travel Grant (2014)
  • Clinical Immunology Society School of Primary Immunodeficiencies: Travel Grant (2013)
  • Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center: MATEC Clinical Scholar (2012-2013) (2012)
  • Hiram College Department of Biology: J.J. Turner Society Member (2000)
  • Hiram College Department of Mathematics: Kenneth M. Hiney Mathematics Award (2000)
  • Albert Einstein College of Medicine Summer Undergraduate Research Program: Stipend (1999)
  • Hampshire College: Visiting Jerome K. Lemelson Fellowship (1998)
  • Hiram College: Vencl-Carr Research Assistantship (1998)
  • Hiram College Department of Biology: Paul Smey Award (1998-2000) (1998)
  • Hiram College: Alpha Society (1997-2000) (1997)
  • Hiram College: Dean‘s List (1997-2000) (1997)
  • Consortium for Mathematics and Its Applications/Mathematical Association of America: Mathematical Competition on Modeling - Honorable Mention (1997, 2000) (1997)
  • Hiram College: Trustees Global Scholar (1996-2000) (1996)
  • 37th International Mathematical Olympiad: National Delegate (1996)
  • Philippine Mathematical Olympiad: First Place (1995)
  • Buffalo Spree Magazine: Top Doctors in Western New York (2020-2021)

Grants and Sponsored Research:

  • April 2020–March 2021
    Immunologic and clinical studies on perinatal hepatitis C viral infection
    Wildermuth Foundation
    Role: Principal Investigator
    $35,000
  • May 2020–August 2020
    Comparing the COVID-19 antibody response of adults and children
    SUNY Research and Economic Development
    Role: Co-Investigator
    $7,500
  • December 2017–July 2018
    Microbiome and Virome in Children
    Merck
    Role: Co-Investigator

Journal Articles:

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Books and Book Chapters:

  • Yu KO, Burns JL. (2018) In: "Fever, a rash, and a ... ‘bug bite‘?". Springer

Abstracts:

  • Yu KO, Nash CB, Nassin ML, Carlos CA, Van Slambrouck CV, Cheng JX, McNeer J, Rosebush JC. (2016) Disseminated Histoplasmosis Presenting with a Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis/Macrophage Activation Syndrome Phenotype in a Child with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. (Apr) 243-243
  • Yu KO, Bartlett AH. (2015) Invasive Aspergillosis and Chronic Granulomatous Disease Presenting in Early Infancy. (Apr) 318-318
  • Yu KO, Randolph A, Bubeck Wardenburg J. (2014) Evidence for Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin as a Dominant Antigen in Severe Pediatric Influenza-staphylococcal Co-infection — Implications for Therapy. (Dec) S2-S2
  • Meyer-Bahlburg A, Andrews SF, Yu KO, Porcelli S, Rawlings DJ. (2009) Evidence for B Cell Antigen Receptor (BCR)-Driven, BAFF-Facilitated Positive Selection within a Unique Population of Late Transitional B Cells. (Jan) 381-381
  • Meyer-Bahlburg A, Andrews SF, Yu KO, Porcelli S, Rawlings DJ. (2008) Evidence for B Cell Antigen Receptor (BCR)-Driven, BAFF-Facilitated Positive Selection within a Unique Population of Late Transitional B Cells. (Mar)
  • Yu KO, Wang C, Diamond B. (2000) Lupus: 1) Estrogen‘s Role in Autoimmune Induction and 2) An in vitro Glomerular Binding Assay for Autoantibody Pathogenicity. (Apr) A33-A33

Professional Memberships:

  • American Society for Microbiology: Western New York Branch (2019–present)
  • Clinical Immunology Society (2013–present)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2012–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow (FAAP) (2011–present)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2008–present)
  • American Association of Immunologists (2007–2015)
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007)
  • Ohio Academy of Science (2000)

Presentations:

  • "To PICC, to PO, or neither?" Pediatrics Grand Rounds, Newark-Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Barnabas Medical Center (2021)
  • "Some caution urged after Pfizer COVID-19 found effective for adolescents" Media Interview; WBFO (2021)
  • "WNY doctors weigh in on Pfizer vaccine in children ages 12-15" Media Interview; WKBW Channel 7 News (2021)
  • "COVID-19 Update" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "COVID-19: Panic and Perspective" Department of Family Medicine Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2020)
  • "Lytic Bacteriophage Against an Emergent Biofilm-Forming Enteroinvasive Escherichia coli" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference; St. Jude Children‘s Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2020)
  • "Antibiotics Boot Camp" Pediatrics Teaching Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Not MRSA...Not MSSA...but Somewhere in Between" Fall Symposium; Western New York American Society for Microbiology (2019)
  • "Fifty Shades of M.R.S.A." Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Brincidofovir (CMX001) in dsDNA Viral Infections" Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "A Green Strep in the NICU" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Hedging on Handling Hepatitis C" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Evaluation for Primary Immunodeficiencies: A Peds ID Perspective" Pediatric Grand Rounds; St. Barnabas Medical Center (2019)
  • "Evaluation for Primary Immunodeficiencies: A Peds ID Perspective" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Children‘s Hospital of New Jersey (2019)
  • "A Series of Salmonella Syndromes" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "Epidemiology of Respiratory Infections" MPH Program; Daemen College (2019)
  • "Viruses and Antiviral Therapy" Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2019)
  • "A Peds ID View on Primary Immunodeficiencies" Pediatrics Teaching Conference; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "Pneumovirus and Metapneumovirus" Pediatrics Teaching Conference; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "When the M.R.S.A. Won‘t Go Away" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Clinical Conference; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "Antibiotics Review" Pediatrics Teaching Conference; University at Buffalo (2018)
  • "A Translational View of Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin in Influenza-MRSA Co-Infection" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Seminar; University of Rochester Medical Center (2018)
  • "Kikuchi-Fujimoto Disease: An Important Diagnostic Consideration for Cervical Lymphadenitis in the Pediatric Population" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference; St. Jude Children‘s Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2018)
  • "Case Series: Potential Infectious Etiologies for Kikuchi Fujimoto Disease in Children" Pediatric Research Day; University of Chicago (2017)
  • "Evaluation of Primary Immunodeficiencies (AKA...What I Learned in the Clinical Immunology Society's Summer School)" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Teaching Conference; University of Chicago (2017)
  • "Diagnosis and Treatment of Disseminated Toxoplasmosis Following Stem Cell Transplantation" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2017)
  • "Translational Approaches in the Study of the Role of S. aureus α-toxin in Pediatric Influenza-Staphylococcal Co-Infection" Pediatric Grand Rounds; University at Buffalo (2017)
  • "Viruses and Antiviral Therapy" Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Teaching Conference; University of Chicago (2016)
  • "Translational Approaches in the Study of the Role of S. aureus α-toxin in Pediatric Influenza-Staphylococcal Co-Infection" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Comer Children‘s Hospital (2016)
  • "Translational Approaches in the Study of the Role of S. aureus α-toxin in Pediatric Influenza-Staphylococcal Co-Infection" Pediatric Research Day; University of Chicago (2016)
  • "Disseminated Histoplasmosis Presenting with a Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis/Macrophage Activation Syndrome Phenotype in a Child with Pre-B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia" Annual Meeting; Clinical Immunology Society (2016)
  • "A Pediatric Infectious Disease/Primary Immunodeficiency Case" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Edward Hospital (2016)
  • "Peas in a Pod? Pneumovirus (RSV) and Human Metapneumovirus" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Community Hospital (2016)
  • "Influenza: Challenges and Updates" Pediatric Grand Rounds; Community Hospital (2015)
  • "Invasive Aspergillosis and Chronic Granulomatous Disease Presenting in Early Infancy" Annual Meeting; Clinical Immunology Society (2015)
  • "Evidence for Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin as a Dominant Antigen in Severe Pediatric Influenza-staphylococcal Co-Infection — Implications for Therapy" Annual Meeting; Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2014)
  • "Evidence for Staphylococcus aureus α-toxin as a Dominant Antigen in Severe Pediatric Influenza-staphylococcal Co-infection — Implications for Therapy" ID Week; Infectious Diseases Society of America (2014)
  • "A Translational Approach to the Investigation of Influenza-Staphylococcus aureus Co-Infection" Pediatric Infectious Diseases Research Conference; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (2014)
  • "A Translational Approach to the Investigation of Influenza-Staphylococcus aureus Co-Infection" Pediatric Fellows Research Symposium; Comer Children's Hospital (2013)
  • "An Interesting Case of Pneumonia" School on Primary Immunodeficiencies; Clinical Immunology Society (2013)
  • "Pediatric Pneumonia" Pediatric Teaching Conference; Comer Children‘s Hospital (2013)
  • "Antibiotic Restriction - The Experience from a Medium-Sized Pediatric Tertiary Care Center" Pediatric Research Day; University of Chicago (2013)
  • "What is the Best Treatment for Complicated Pneumonias?" Pediatric Evidence-Based Learning Conference; North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center (2011)
  • "Pediatric Pneumonia" Pediatric Teaching Conference; South Nassau Communities Hospital (2011)
  • "Monoclonal Antibodies Against Complexes of the NKT Cell Ligand α-galactosylceramide and Mouse CD1d" Frontiers in Basic Immunology Conference; National Cancer Institute (2009)
  • "Modulation of CD1d-Restricted NKT Cell Responses by Using N-acyl Variants of α-galactosylceramides" Summer Research Conference: Lymphocytes and the Immune System - Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Mechanisms; Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2005)
  • "Structural Analogues of α-galactosylceramide as Novel Immunotherapeutic Agents" NIH Lupus Grant Site Visit; Albert Einstein College of Medicine (2003)
  • "Regulation of Marginal Zone B Cell Antibody Production by CD1d-Restricted T Cells" 2nd International Workshop on CD1 Antigen Presentation and NKT Cells (2002)
  • "Lupus: 1) Estrogen‘s Role in Autoimmune Induction and 2) An in vitro Glomerular Binding Assay for Autoantibody Pathogenicity" 109th Annual Meeting; Ohio Academy of Science (2000)
  • "Interactions Between Tannic Acid and Raphanus raphanistrum Root Acid Phosphatase" 43rd Annual May Conference; Society for Applied Spectroscopy (1999)
  • "A Study of the Price-Butler Method of Analyzing Tannin Content" 2nd Annual Poster Session on Capitol Hill; Council for Undergraduate Research (1998)
  • "A Study of the Price-Butler Method of Analyzing Tannin Content" Honors Convocation; Hiram College (1998)
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Service Activities:

  • Kaleida Health: Subject Matter Experts Committee and Communications Group; Member (2020–present)
  • Cureus Journal of Medical Research; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2020)
  • F1000Research; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2019)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society: Research Affairs Committee; Committee Member (2018–present)
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society; Grant Reviewer (2018–present)
  • Journal of Infection; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2017)
  • Edward Hospital: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Inpatient Service; Consultant (2015–2017)
  • University of Chicago: Health4Chicago (Pediatric Infectious Diseases); Volunteer (2015–2016)
  • Antibodies; Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014)
  • University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine: Microbiology - Medical Biology (MICR 35900); Teacher (2013–2016)
  • University of Chicago Medical Center: Pediatric Infectious Diseases Section Conference; Coordinator (2012–2013)
  • Einstein Journal of Biology and Medicine; Editorial Board Member (2000–2006)
  • Frontiers in Immunology (2017, 2019-2020); Ad Hoc Reviewer

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Contact Information

UBMD Pediatrics
Division of Infectious Diseases
1001 Main Street, 5th floor
Buffalo, New York 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0150
Fax: (716) 323-0296
kyu10@buffalo.edu

This faculty member is affiliated with UBMD, practicing physicians who are also professors in the Jacobs School.

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