Background

Maria Katerina “Nina” Alfaro is a research data analyst in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Nina’s hybridized clinical and technical expertise allows her to be involved in both EPIC builds for clinicians on the front-end and EPIC data extractions for researchers on the back-end. Her informatics work follows the lifecycle of projects, from inception to database design to data analysis. She is passionate about leveraging data for various research projects and providing mentorship in the field of informatics and data science.

Education and Training

Additional Training

Certificate of Specialization in Spanish - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate Degree

BA in Chemistry with Minors in Mathematics and Biological Sciences - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Graduate Degree

MS in Health Informatics - Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

Titles and Academic Titles

Research Data Analyst

Departments and Services

Research Interests

Clinical & Biomedical Informatics, Clinical Research Trials, Predictive Modeling, Wearables and Gaming Technology

Publications

Posters and Presentations

2020

Alfaro, M.K.C., Kennedy, K., Spergel, Z.C., Dorris, S.L., Spergel, J.M., Capucilli, P.S. Infant vs. Toddler Reaction Severity During Oral Food Challenges. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting, Poster Session. Philadelphia, PA.

Spergel, Z.C., Alfaro, M.K.C, Kennedy, K. Dorris, S.L., Capucilli, P.S. What is a Severe Allergic Reaction. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting, Poster Session. Philadelphia, PA.

Capucilli, P.S., Kennedy, K., Alfaro, M.K.C., Spergel, Z.C., Dorris, S.L., Spergel, J.M. Age Differences in Food Reaction Severity During Oral Food Challenges in a Large Pediatric Population. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) Annual Meeting, Poster Session. Philadelphia, PA.

Wasey, J.O., Alfaro, M.K.C. R Workshop: Finding the Needle in a Haystack (with a Magnet). Society for Technology in Anesthesia (STA) Annual Meeting, Concurrent Workshop. Austin, Texas.

2019

Raz, D.G., Capucilli, P.S., Alfaro, M.K.C., Furuta, G.T., Spergel, J.M., Levy, S.E., Schultz, R.T., Robinson, J., Lewis, M.O., Reynolds, A. Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmental Delay and Intellectual Disability in Children with Eosinophilic Esophagitis. Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) Annual Meeting, Poster Session. Baltimore, Maryland.

2018

Wang, K.Y., Alfaro, M.K.C, Spergel, J.M. Predicting the Severity of Allergic Reactions During Oral Food Challenges. American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI) Annual Meeting, Poster Session. Seattle, Washington.

Leadership and Memberships

  • Professional Society for Pediatric Clinical Research (PROSPER)
  • 2020 – Present, Co-Chair
  • 2017 – Present, Steering Committee Member