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Dr. Cynthia Kelly

(757) 668-8255
Board Certifications

American Board of Allergy & Immunology

American Board of Pediatrics


Medical School: Wayne State University

Residency: University of Michigan

Fellowship: UCLA School of Medicine

Fellowship: Vanderbilt University School of Medicine


Dr. Kelly has been actively involved in asthma education for professionals, community members, patients and families throughout Hampton Roads.

She has been the primary investigator for research funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, and Housing and Urban Development.

She has also published in the area of clinical outcomes for children with asthma. 

Her practice includes caring for children with a wide variety of allergic and immunologic disorders, including asthma, allergic rhinitis, chronic sinusitis, drug allergy, food allergy, eczemacontact dermatitis and immunodeficiency.

Research Areas
  • Childhood asthma
  • Contact dermatitis in pectus excavatum
  • Clinical outcomes in asthma
Community Service
  • Physician mentor for Eastern Virginia Medical School Partners in Education, Kemps Landing Middle School Asthma Awareness Program
  • Virginia Beach Free Clinic
  • Camp physician, American Lung Association Asthma Camp/Camp KD
  • Medical Advisory board member for Head Start in Hampton Roads
  • Asthma Screening, Eastern Shore Rural Health System
  • Medical Director, CHKD Asthma Camp
  • American Academy of Allergy
  •  American College of Allergy and Immunology
  •  American Academy of Pediatrics       
  •  American Medical Association
  •  Virginia Allergy Society
  •  Tidewater Pediatric Society
Honors & Awards
  • Virginia Living Magazine, Top Doctor, 2018
  • Coastal Virginia Magazine "Top Doc" 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021
  • Top Doc for Kids, 2004 to 2013
  • Salute to Service Award: Patient Safety and Quality Improvement, 2011
  • Health Care Hero Award, 2010
  • Claude Moore Physician Leadership Institute Award, 2009
  • Hampton Roads Child Health Advocacy Award, 2007
A Note From Dr. Kelly

"It is wonderful to be a part of such an outstanding children’s hospital where everyone strives to provide each child and their family with the highest level and quality of medical care in our community. From the play rooms to pain control, we are all about supporting children through any and all aspect of their medical care."

Recent Publications
  1. Kelly, Kathleen; Coupe, Sebastian; and Kelly, Cynthia (2020) "Epidemiology of enforcing travel restrictions in US peninsular regions during the COVID-19 pandemic," Florida Public Health Review: Vol. 17 , Article 8. Available at:
  2. Taylor-Fishwick J, Major DA, Kelly CS, Butterfoss FD, Clarke SM, Cardenas RA. Assessing a community’s pediatric asthma care needs: insights gained from physicians, school nurses and parents. Pediatric Asthma, Allergy & Immunology 2004; 17(1):25-35.
  3. Butterfoss FD, Kelly CS, Taylor-Fishwick J. Health planning that magnifies the community’s voice: Allies Against Asthma. Health Education & Behavior 2005; 32(1):113-128. 
  4. Kelly CS, Meurer JR, Lachance LL, Taylor-Fishwick JC, Geng X, Arabia C. Engaging health care providers in coalition activities. Health Promotion and Practice 2006; 7:66S-75S.  
  5. Nicholas EA, Dwyer M, Murphy A, Taylor-Fishwick JC, Cohn JG, Kelly CS,  Gould C, Di Stefano D. Coalition-based approaches for addressing environmental issues in childhood asthma. Health Promotion and Practice 2006; 7:108S-116S.
  6. Providing Asthma Care in Elementary Schools: Understanding Barriers to Determine Best Practice.  Major DA, Clarke SM, Cardenas RA, Taylor-Fishwick JC, Kelly CS, Butterfoss FD. Fam Community Health 2006; 29(4):256-265.
  7. Policy and System Change and Community Coalitions: Outcomes from Allies Against Asthma.        Clark NM, Doctor LJ, Gilmore L, Kelly CS, Krieger J, et al. American Journal of Public Health 2010; 100(5): 904-912.
  8. Improvement in Health Care Use Associated With Community Coalitions: Long-term Results of the Allies Against Asthma Initiative. Noreen M. Clark, PhD, Laurie L. Lachance, PhD, M. Beth Benedict, DrPH, JD, Linda Jo Doctor, MPH, Lisa Gilmore, MBA, MSW, Cynthia S. Kelly, MD, FAAP, James Krieger, MD, MPH, Marielena Lara, MD, MPH, John Meurer, MD, MBA, Amy Friedman Milanovich, MPH, Elisa Nicholas, MD, MSPH, Peter X. K. Song, PhD, Michael Rosenthal, MD, Shelley C. Stoll, MPH, and Margaret Wilkin, MPH. American Journal of Public Health 2013; 103 (6)1124-1127
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