The Division of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology cares for
children and adolescents with asthma, food allergy, atopic
dermatitis, juvenile arthritis and other allergic and rheumatologic
Our division is actively involved in the education of both residents and medical students. Our fellows play an integral role in educating these rotating trainees.
Our combined fellowship program between the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics allows for strong clinical training and excellent research opportunities across the broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic medicine (asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, primary immunodeficiencies and other allergic conditions).
Pediatric, internal medicine and otolaryngology residents spend
2-4 week electives in our various clinical settings. Residents
learn the fundamentals of evaluating patients who have recurrent
infections, food allergies, environmental allergies and
Medical students within our allergy/immunology section have the
opportunity for elective rotations in pediatric or adult
allergy/immunology as well as a combined pediatric
allergy/dermatology and pediatric allergy/rheumatology rotations.
In addition, the preclinical immunology course for first-year
medical students is taught by our allergy/immunology faculty.
Our rheumatology section provides specialized summer experiences for medical students who have completed their first year of medical school. These summer experiences, funded by the American College of Rheumatology, provide exposure to both clinical and research activities within our section.
Pertaining to allergy/immunology, we have ongoing research in the mechanisms of action of intravenous immunoglobulin, and the immune-modulating effects of vitamin A and retinoids on B-cell function and dendritic cell maturation. We also have an active research program on the immunobiology of chronic sinusitis.
In rheumatology, our research programs focus on understanding the basic molecular mechanisms leading to therapeutic response in juvenile idiopathic arthritis. We are using these basic studies as a means to understand how we can develop effective biomarkers that will assist in diagnosis or guide therapy. We also have a new research program aimed at understanding how inflammation is regulated at the maternal-fetal interface during pregnancy.
Our division is part of UBMD Pediatrics, a member
of UBMD Physicians' Group, the
medical practice plan for the University at Buffalo.
Allergy/Immunology sees patients at all three pediatric outpatient
centers located in Amherst, Buffalo and Hamburg. Rheumatology sees
patients at Oishei Children's Outpatient Center at Conventus. We also provide consultations to
inpatients at Oishei Children's Hospital.
Our division provides services for the clinical evaluation and management of both pediatric and adolescent patients with a history of recurrent infections and immune deficiency disorders. The immunology program follows approximately 100 adults and children with a variety of immune deficiencies.
Our medical staff provides services for the clinical evaluation and management of pediatric and adolescent patients with asthma and allergic disease as well as for pediatric and adult patients with a history of recurrent infections and with inherited immune deficiency disorders.
We care for patients with difficult-to-control asthma; allergic rhinitis; allergic conjunctivitis; atopic dermatitis (eczema); food allergies, including food protein-induced enterocolitis (FPIES) and eosinophilic esophagitis; drug allergies; vaccine allergies; latex allergy; hereditary angioedema; chronic urticaria and recurrent infections and immune deficiency disorders.
The Immunobiology Clinical Laboratory is an
integral part of our divisional and educational programs. This
laboratory provides clinical cellular and serological testing to
aid in the diagnosis of immune-deficient patients. A laboratory
techniques wet-lab course for allergy/immunology fellows is run
through this laboratory, instructing fellows on the fundamentals of
diagnostic immunology assays used in clinical practice.
Our division is a New York State regional referral center for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) newborn screening.
We provide quality care for rheumatology outpatients and inpatients, prompt consultations to referring physicians and continuous physician coverage for patient and families. Our rheumatology specialists care for a broad range of children with chronic inflammatory/autoimmune diseases, including juvenile idiopathic arthritis arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and juvenile dermatomyositis. Our board-certified pediatric rheumatologists also organize and coordinate infusion services for children with these diseases who need complex biological therapies.
Additionally, we have a multidisciplinary systemic lupus erythematosus clinic for patients with lupus that have kidney involvement. This is a combined clinic with pediatric nephrology and pediatric rheumatology.