Anjuli S. Nayak, MD, Res ’81, is an associate professor in the department of pediatrics at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. She and her husband, Nicholas A. Nayak, MD, are the founders of Sneeze, Wheeze, and Itch Associates, a private practice and research center in Normal, Illinois.
She received her early schooling and medical degree in India. After her pediatrics residency at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria and the Jersey City Medical Center in New Jersey, she completed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio.
Dr. Nayak has been a principal investigator of multiple clinical trials in drug development, and her publications and articles have exceeded 500 in peer-reviewed journals. In recognition of her work, she received the Outstanding Clinical, Technological, and Scholarly Achievement Award applied to medical research by the faculty for the University of Illinois in 2000-2001 and in 2007-2008.
Dr. Nayak has served on multiple sub-specialty committees and as a sections chair for the college and the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology. She was awarded the Women in Allergy award in 2011 by the American College of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology; and recently was honored with the President’s Humanitarian award by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology for her work in India, including her care of orphans and establishment of a hospital and the Anjuli S. Nayak Nursing School. She also started the first accredited training program in allergy and immunology at Christina Medical College in Vellore, India. For her community involvement, Dr. Nayak was the nominee for the Young Women’s Christian Association’s Woman of Distinction award on two occasions.
The Nayaks’ support of the College of Medicine includes the establishment of the Nayak Family Foundation Endowed Research Lecture Series in Evidence-Based and Clinical Translational Medicine. The series brings nationally and internationally renowned speakers to campus several times each year to address students regarding current issues and trends in evidence-based and clinical translational medicine and research.
The Nayaks are the parents of three sons: David Nayak, MD, MPH; Zachary Nayak, MD; and Luke Nayak, MD. David and Zachary are alumni of the University of Illinois, College of Medicine at Chicago.
Dr. Nayak is a survivor of acute lymphoblastic leukemia with a stem cell transplant. She now lives a life to glorify the great physician, who gave her a new birth, a new vision, and a renewed purpose for life.