Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

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 conditions.

Education and Training

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 asthma.

Medical Students

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.  

Clinical Care

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.

Chief, Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

Lehman, Heather

Heather Lehman, MD, FAAAAI

Clinical Associate Professor and Division Chief, Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology

UBMD Pediatrics, Division of Allergy/Immunology and Rheumatology, 1001 Main Street Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0130; Fax: (716) 323-0296

Email: hkm@buffalo.edu


1001 Main Street
5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-0130
Fax: (716) 323-0296

1001 Main Street
3rd Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 323-6240
Fax: (716) 323-6671