About Us

Our team of professionals

Bruce K. Patterson, M.D.

Dr. Patterson received his undergraduate training in molecular biology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He then went on to Northwestern University Medical School for training in medicine. During the early stages of the AIDS epidemic, Dr. Patterson began investigating cellular reservoirs of HIV-1 using molecular and in situ technology patented in his laboratory. Dr. Patterson went on to a residency in Pathology focusing on viral pathogenesis. While in his residency, Dr. Patterson determined that enough HIV virus was present in infected individuals to account for the massive destruction of the immune system. This paradigm altering work was published in Science in 1993. Dr. Patterson later was named Chief Resident of Pathology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Patterson has authored over 100 manuscripts and book chapters and he continues his work on HIV-1 pathogenesis and reservoirs at Stanford University School of Medicine. Dr. Patterson was the Medical Director of Diagnostic Virology at Stanford University Hospitals and Clinics.

Purvi Parikh, M.D.

Dr. Purvi Parikh is an allergist and immunologist at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Murray Hill. She is currently on faculty as Clinical Assistant Professor in both departments of Medicine and Pediatrics at New York University School of Medicine.

She has been passionate about health policy and is on the board of directors of the advocacy council of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. She travels to Washington, D.C. to influence policy, and advocate for her patients on behalf of these organizations as well as the United Nations Foundation/shot@life and Allergy and Asthma Network.

She was recently chosen to be in the inaugural class of Emory University’s “40 under 40” class, an honor given to outstanding graduates in their 20s and 30s in all of Emory’s graduate and undergraduate programs.

Dr. Parikh is a spokesperson for the Allergy and Asthma Network. She frequently makes appearances as a medical contributor on our behalf to CNBC, FOX, CNN, and CBS.

As a resident of New York City, Dr. Parikh has been on the front lines of this viral outbreak and has unique perspectives about the COVID-19 outbreak. She also is currently involved as an investigator in multiple clinical trials for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Ram Yogendra, M.D., M.P.H.

Ram Yogendra is a board-certified anesthesiologist with a background in public health and exercise physiology. He received his undergraduate degree in biology (B.A.) at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida and his Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) in Tropical and Communicable Diseases from the University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida. He went onto receive his medical degree (M.D.) from St. George’s University and complete his residency in anesthesiology at the State University of New York Downstate, Brooklyn, New York. Prior to medical school, Dr. Yogendra worked as an Infection Control Practitioner at Florida Hospital (now Advent Health), Orlando, Florida and then in the HIV/AIDS Division of the Pinellas County Department of Health, St. Petersburg, Florida where he was part of the Jail Linkage Project, a collaboration between the DOH and GlaxoSmithKline, to conduct risk assessments of inmates to determine those at high risk of infection and in need of HIV/STD/TB/Hepatitis testing, treatment, and follow-up services.

He is currently in private practice in anesthesiology and the medical director of ECA Wellness, a wellness and medical fitness center in Rhode Island.

FREQUENTY ASKED QUESTIONS

Clinical

Who are we?
Our virtual Chronic COVID Treatment Center is led by the research of virologist and immunologist, Dr. Bruce Patterson, CEO of IncellDX and supported clinically by Drs. Ram Yogendra and Purvi Parikh. Along with our team, we are building a national network of physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical providers to provide a holistic and clinical approach to treatment.
Our virtual Chronic COVID Treatment Center is led by the research of virologist and immunologist, Dr. Bruce Patterson, CEO of IncellDX and supported clinically by Drs. Ram Yogendra and Purvi Parikh. Along with our team, we are building a national network of physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical providers to provide a holistic and clinical approach to treatment.
What is Chronic COVID and who are “long haulers”?
COVID-19 symptoms can last weeks and months in some patients who are now referred to as “long haulers” or “chronic COVID”.
Is there a medical definition for Chronic COVID-19?
According to the British Medical Journal, post-acute COVID-19 or “long COVID” is defined as symptoms 3 weeks after the initial onset of symptoms. Chronic COVID-19 are symptoms extending 12 weeks from the initial onset of first symptoms.
How many COVID-19 patients become long haulers?
Research published in The Journal of the American Medical Association estimates 10-30% of COVID-19 patients become long haulers.
What are some common symptoms of chronic COVID-19/ long haulers?
Coughing and shortness of breath, debilitating fatigue, malaise and lethargy, cardiac dysrhythmias, insomnia, joint pain, headaches, brain fog, memory and concentration problems, neuropathic pain, GI discomfort including diarrhea, loss of appetite and weight loss.
Why do long haulers continue to experience these long-term symptoms?
One common theory is that there is viral persistence, inactivated viral fragments, or reactivation of a latent virus. While research is still ongoing to make any conclusive statements, we do believe that the etiology is an immune state caused by pro-inflammatory cytokines.
What are cytokines?
Using IncellDx’s patented kit, we are measuring immune markers and cytokines. Cytokines are immunoregulatory proteins made by immune cells to communicate, signal and coordinate immune responses. Cytokines are produced by a broad range of cells including T-cells, B-cells, macrophages, and endothelial cells and play an important role in the regulation of the immune system. However, in certain conditions and pathologies, elevated cytokines can contribute to hyperinflammatory states, which we believe is the underlying cause behind chronic COVID-19.
Are there any medications or therapies that are working?
While there is anecdotal evidence and reports that there are some medications alleviating symptoms, we are still investigating and researching, and cannot make any conclusive statements yet.
Are there any studies on chronic COVID-19?
There are currently very few studies on chronic COVID-19, but we believe the tide is slowly turning in the medical community as more research and focus is now coming to light. We are supporting our clinical approach through research papers we have submitted on this subject.

Lab

How can I sign up for your virtual clinic and get more information?
You can sign up through a portal on the landing page and receive a logistics and protocol sheet. The labs will contact you on how to receive the kit and get your blood work to them for analysis.
How does this test differ from that lab tests my doctor could order? (Some saying it would be easier to just get it done through their doctor, at nearby facility and have insurance take care of it)
There is no assay like the IncellDx Assay, incellKINE. Other labs offer a few of the cytokines in our panel, but they are done individually. Ours was tailored to COVID and long haulers based on our bioinformatics. This is the only panel developed using an algorithm established on a large, long-hauler patient population. If other labs are getting reimbursement there is no reason why payers wouldn’t cover our test and we will discuss the
How long will it take me to receive my results?
Initially, the lab is quoting 2-3 weeks from receipt of sample for results because of the backlog. They plan to process the samples faster over time as they get all systems in place and start to receive back the kits they are shipping out. The goal is to get the turnaround to 1-2 weeks by the first of May.
Is the test and its research “peer reviewed” or validated in any way?
There is an article and a pre-print of our paper (based on clinical research IncellDx did over 8 months) on the website: www.covidlonghaulers.com under the Resources Icon. The article is entitled “SARS-CoV- 2 Viral mRNA Shedding for More Than 87 Days in an Individual with an Impaired CD8+ T Cell Response” done at Washington University, St. Louis MO and the pre-print (soon to be published) IncellDx paper entitled” Immune-Based Prediction of COVID-19 Severity and Chronicity Decoded Using Machine Learning”.
What does IncellDx test for and what does it mean for my care?
There is an article and a pre-print of our paper (based on clinical research IncellDx did over 8 months) on the website: www.covidlonghaulers.com under the Useful Articles Section. The article is entitled “SARS-CoV- 2 Viral mRNA Shedding for More Than 87 Days in an Individual with an Impaired CD8+ T Cell Response” done at Washington University, St. Louis MO and the pre-print (soon to be published) IncellDx paper entitled” Immune-Based Prediction of COVID-19 Severity and Chronicity Decoded Using Machine Learning”.
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