Dr. Irma Rey is a Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology physician who is one of the founding members of the Institute for Neuro Immune Medicine (INIM) at Nova Southeastern University, in Miami and Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She is the Director of Medical Education at the INIM as well as an Assistant Professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, Nova Southeastern University.
- In 2016, Dr. Rey and Dr. Nancy Klimas and several other researchers studied patients who developed gastroparesis following a viral history of flu-like symptoms or gastroenteritis. Nine at of the eleven patients with Idiopathic Gastroparesis studied (82 %) had active enterovirus infection on gastric biopsies. The study concluded that "antiviral and/or immune therapies against enterovirus seem to be favorable, as most of our patients had resolution of their gastroparesis symptoms after treatment. This is the first study to identify enterovirus as a possible infectious etiology of idiopathic gastroparesis.
- Barkin, JA; Czul, F; Barkin, JS; Klimas, NG; Rey, IR; Moshiree, B (2016), "Gastric Enterovirus Infection: A Possible Causative Etiology of Gastroparesis", Digestive Diseases and Sciences, 61 (8): 2344-50, PMID 27344315, doi:10.1007/s10620-016-4227-x