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Allergy/Immunology Fellowship

Our fellowship program combines participating faculty from the departments of Medicine and Pediatrics.

Our cross-departmental collaboration allows for strong clinical training and excellent research opportunities spanning the broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic medicine (asthma, food allergy, atopic dermatitis, primary immunodeficiencies and other allergic conditions).

Our two-year fellowship is fully integrated in both the Department of Medicine and the Department of Pediatrics, with significant cross-training in pediatric and adult allergy and clinical immunology.

You will gain valuable clinical and research experience in the fields of allergy and clinical immunology. We provide all fellows with opportunities to apply immunologic theories, principles and techniques to the investigation, diagnosis and treatment of a broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic diseases.

Our areas of clinical strength include: asthma, allergic disorders, drug reactions, urticaria, primary immunodeficiency diseases, food allergy and autoimmune diseases.

Education

Educational features of our training program include:

  • orientation lecture series for incoming fellows (weekly in July/August)
  • didactic asthma/allergy conferences (weekly during academic year)
  • Allergy/Immunology Journal Club (monthly)
  • Allergy/Immunology Case Conference (monthly)
  • Basic Immunology course (weekly)
  • Board Review Jeopardy (monthly during academic year)
  • Department of Medicine grand round series (weekly)
  • anaphylaxis simulation training (yearly)
  • Annual Weed Walk
  • Buffalo Allergy Society meeting (monthly)
  • Laboratory Technique course (6 weeks biannually)

Clinical Service

Clinical education includes direct patient contact in both the outpatient and inpatient settings, clinical care conferences and record reviews. Fellows provide inpatient consultations to the medical and pediatric services for allergic and immunologically-mediated disorders. You will also participate in the following outpatient clinical activities:

  • Monday a.m.: BGMC Adult Allergy/Immunology Continuity Clinic
  • Monday p.m.: BGMC Adult Autoimmune/Vasculitis Clinic or WCHOB Pediatric Rheumatology Clinic
  • Tuesday a.m.: VA Adult Allergy/Immunology Clinic or Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Clinic at University Commons
  • Tuesday p.m.: WCHOB Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Continuity Clinic
  • Wednesday a.m.: VA Adult Allergy/Immunology Clinic or WCHOB IVIG Infusion Service
  • Friday a.m.: WCHOB Pediatric Allergy/Immunology Procedures Clinic

You will train in diverse clinical sites, including Buffalo General Medical Center (BGMC), Buffalo VA Medical Center (Buffalo VAMC), Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo (WCHOB), and UBMD Pediatrics Amherst outpatient center (University Commons).

Research

Our faculty is involved in a number of research projects, in both clinical and basic immunology. You will develop and complete your own research project(s). We provide our fellows with a structured research experience sufficient to result in an understanding of the basic principles of study design, performance, analysis and reporting of the assigned area of investigation. Some of these areas include/have included:

  • role of B cells in Sjogren syndrome
  • role of mycoplasma infection in eosinophilic esophagitis
  • development of an anaphylaxis simulation program
  • evaluation of specific pneumococcal antibodies in PIDD patients receiving IVIG
  • effect of a room hepafiltration system on pediatric asthma
  • assessment of humoral immunity in children with Down syndrome
  • utility of text message medication reminders for adolescent asthmatics
  • identification of SNPs in food allergic children

Credentials

Our comprehensive fellowship training program in allergy/immunology is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Board of Allergy Immunology (ABAI).

To Apply

The postdoctoral education prerequisite is three years of general pediatric residency training. Candidates should apply through ERAS and enter the allergy/immunology match through NRMP.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact:

Program Administrator

Maria Prokop

Fellowship Program Administrator

Phone: (716) 878-7867; Fax: (716) 878-7185

Email: mprokop@upa.chob.edu

Contact

Division of Allergy/Immunology
1001 Main Street
5th Floor
Buffalo, NY 14203
Phone: (716) 323-0130
Fax: (716) 323-0296

Program Director

Lehman, Heather

Heather Lehman, MD, FAAAI

Clinical Associate Professor and 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

Co-Director

Brady, Sean

Sean Brady, MD

Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine

1020 Youngs Road Amherst, NY 14221

Phone: 716-961-9900; Fax: 716-961-9911

Email: spbrady@buffalo.edu

Our Current Fellows

Vivian Aranez

Vivian Aranez, MD

Medical School: Ross University School of Medicine; Residency: University at Buffalo; Hometown: Syracuse, NY

Kiley Bax

Kiley Bax, MD

Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University; Residency: University at Buffalo; Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Christopher Gordon

Christopher Gordon, DO

Medical School: Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine of Midwestern University; Residency: Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center; Hometown: Payson, UT

Weyman Lam

Weyman Lam, MD

Medical School: Saba University School of Medicine; Residency: University of Rochester; Hometown: Toronto, Canada

Matthew Mavissakalian

Matthew Mavissakalian, DO

Medical School: Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine; Residency: University at Buffalo (Internal Medicine/Pediatrics); Hometown: Buffalo, NY

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This program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME).