Welcome to the Division of Allergy at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Our program is one of the largest pediatric allergy groups in the region, caring for patients from Philadelphia and the surrounding area, to those that come from halfway around the world. We are proud to provide comprehensive evaluation and treatment of allergic diseases and asthma in a patient-centered manner.
Over the past few decades, allergic disease has become more common. There has been a rise in the number of children with eczema, food allergy, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and eosinophilic esophagitis in the United States. Our faculty are recognized as leaders in the management of these allergic conditions and have helped formulate many of the national guidelines used by physicians across the country and the world.
Many of our faculty are also involved in uncovering the pathologic and genetic causes of these diseases in an effort to develop new and better treatments. Our most important goal, however, is to form a partnership with families to provide thoughtful, individualized treatment and education that will reduce the risks and daily burden of allergic diseases and improve the quality of life of our patients.
Eosinophilic esophagitis is a relatively newly described disease that causes significant problems with swallowing and esophageal scarring and is associated with an immunologic reaction to foods in many patients. We are currently one of the largest academic centers involved in the diagnosis and treatment of eosinophilic esophagitis. We offer a multidisciplinary clinic (that includes experts in allergy, gastrointestinal disease, and nutrition) giving us the ability to cater to the special needs of this unique patient population.
The faculty at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia seeks to support innovative research that ultimately benefits our patient population. Current programs include laboratory, translational and clinical research in allergic disorders. We are also actively participating in efforts to bring new medications and therapies to our patients. Research performed here in collaboration with colleagues at CHOP and many other institutions across the country and throughout the world has advanced our understanding of several of these diseases. We are proud that many of our faculty are recognized as leaders in the field of allergy and asthma and of the impact their research has made towards improving the lives of children with allergic disease.
We provide allergy inpatient services at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia's Main Campus. Patients are admitted to our inpatient service for management of difficult to control allergic disorders such as asthma and anaphylaxis who require urgent and comprehensive care. Additionally, we are consulted by other services to provide evaluation and drug desensitization for patients who have a history of anaphylactic reactions to necessary, life-saving medications.
We provide allergy outpatient services at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Main Campus and at several of the CHOP Care Network’s Pediatric and Adolescent Specialty Care Centers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Whether it is for an initial evaluation, or follow up after a hospital stay, our faculty provide a thorough and systematic assessment of your child's symptoms and, with our excellent staff, provide ongoing treatment, education and support to make living with allergic disease more manageable.