928 Farmington Avenue, West Hartford, Connecticut 06107
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Allergy and Asthma Family Care

Welcome to Allergy and Asthma Family Care

Shayna Burke, M.D.

Dr. Burke was born and raised in Simsbury, Connecticut.  She attended elementary school in West Hartford, and graduated from The Loomis Chaffee School.  She then went on to graduate Magna Cum Laude from Tufts University and obtained her medical degree from The George Washington School of Medicine.   Dr. Burke returned to New England, and completed her Pediatric residency at Brown University’s Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence, RI.  She completed her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) in Pittsburgh, PA.   


Dr. Burke is board certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.  She has hospital privileges at Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center.  She returned to West Hartford, Connecticut in 2012, and treats both adults and children of all ages with allergic and immunologic diseases. While in Pittsburgh, she worked on a multicenter study investigating severe asthma and helped to develop formal food challenge protocols for clinic based food challenges. Dr. Burke is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI), New England Society of Allergy (NESA), and the Connecticut Allergy Society.  She is the treasurer elect of NESA.


In her free time, she enjoys swimming, taking long walks, and relaxing at the beach.

Leonard Cohen, MD, Ph.D.

Dr. Cohen has retired.


Dr. Cohen graduated from the New York University School of Medicine (M.D., Ph.D. program) and at graduation was awarded the Bertram M. Gesner Memorial Award for Excellence in Research in Immunology.  He also did his Internal Medicine residency at NYU Medical Center-Bellevue Hospital, and his Allergy and Immunology Fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.  He was board certified in Allergy and Immunology, as well as Internal Medicine.  In addition to his private practice in West Hartford, Dr. Cohen was the Chief of the Section of Allergy and Immunology at St. Francis Hospital and Medical Center since 1982.  He ran the Saint Francis Allergy Clinic until 2011.

Dr. Cohen was an Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCONN School of Medicine.  He taught countless medical students and residents, and was an invited speaker at medical symposium.  He has published multiple scientific papers and participated in many clinical studies of new medications for allergies, asthma and hives.  Dr. Cohen also participated in the immunological aspects of the UCONN Medical Center Brochiectasis Clinic.  

Dr. Cohen is a past president of the Connecticut Allergy Society.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI) and also of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI).  He regularly reviews scientific papers for the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.