Karen Thursday S. Tuano, MD

Department or Service


  • The Woodlands

Phone: 936-267-7577

Contact Information

Texas Children's Hospital - The Woodlands
17580 I-45 South, 5th Floor, Green Pod
The Woodlands, TX 77384

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery medical school Doctor of Medicine 1997
Baylor College of Medicine fellowship Allergy and Immunology 2016
Driscoll Children's Hospital internship/residency Pediatrics 2013

About Karen Tuano

Dr. Tuano strives to improve the quality of life of children with allergic and immunologic conditions and help their families manage and cope with these conditions. She sees patients with a wide range of allergic conditions, like eczema, food allergy, allergic rhinitis, asthma, drug allergy, and those with problems with recurrent infections and possible immune system deficiencies.   She has a special interest in food allergy and has focused on the study of shrimp allergy. Her research interest has been describing the clinical and immunological profile of patients with shrimp allergy and finding skin and blood test markers to predict clinical reactivity to shrimp. She is also investigating new relevant allergens in shrimp allergy.  Dr. Tuano is involved in the food allergy research trials at Texas Children’s Hospital. 


Organization Name Role
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Member
American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Member
Clinical Immunology Society Member
Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society Member

Selected Publications

Tuano KT and Davis CM. Utility of Component Resolved Diagnostics in Food Allergy. Current Allergy & Asthma Reports 2015; Jul;15:32.

Tuano KT, Orange JS, Sullivan K, Cunningham-Rundles C, Bonilla FA, Davis CM. Food Allergy in Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases: prevalence within the USIDNET registry. Journal of Allergy & Clinical Immunology 2014;135(1):273-5.

Samson KT, Chen FH, Miura K, Odajima Y, Iikura Y, Rivas NM, Minoguchi K, Adachi M. IgE binding to raw and boiled shrimp proteins in atopic and nonatopic patients with adverse reactions to shrimp. International Archives of Allergy & Immunology 2004 Mar