Allergy

The Allergic Disease program at Boston Medical Center provides multidisciplinary diagnostic evaluations and tailored therapeutic plans for patients with allergic and nonallergic rhinitis, food and drug allergy, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, angioedema, anaphylaxis and immunodeficiency. Our mission is to improve the lives of patients living with allergies by providing state-of-the-art patient care, to provide a resource for referring physicians, to study outcomes of allergen reduction interventions, and to educate trainees in Allergy and Immunology.

The staff includes physicians certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and nurse practitioners specialized in Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The team also includes physicians who specialize in asthma care and nurses who are trained to provide allergen avoidance education, perform allergy skin testing, administer allergy immunotherapy, and tailor management with anti-IgE or other biologics.

Patients have an initial meeting with an allergy specialist to review their medical history, results of previous allergy testing, if any, and physical examination. Further testing frequently includes allergy skin testing, blood tests, rhinolaryngoscopy and sinus computed tomography.

  • Diagnosis and management of seasonal and perennial nasal and ocular symptoms due to allergies, nasal polyps, vasomotor rhinitis, and chronic sinusitis.
    • Inhalant allergen skin testing
    • Specific immunotherapy (SIT – ‘allergy shots’)
    • Sinus computed tomography
    • Rhinopharyngolaryngoscopy
  • Evaluation and treatment of patients with stinging insect (Hymenoptera) venom anaphylaxis
    • Venom skin testing
    • Venom RAST testing
    • Venom specific immunotherapy
  • Evaluation and treatment of drug, food and idiopathic anaphylaxis as well as hereditary angioedema
    • RAST (blood) testing for food allergy
    • Skin testing to certain medications, as indicated
    • Drug desensitization (including aspirin for aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD)): usually inpatient
    • Evaluation of complement dysfunction-mediated angioedema
    • Our inpatient Allergy/Immunology Consult Service provides consultative services for inpatients with specific allergic problems that require more immediate attention.
  • Evaluation and treatment of chronic urticaria and angioedema
  • Evaluation and treatment of primary immunodeficiency
  • Evaluation of allergic asthma triggers
  • Treatment with anti-IgE or other biologics

Our inpatient Allergy/Immunology Consult Service provides consultative services for inpatients with specific allergic problems that require more immediate attention.

Faculty with clinical and/or research specialty in Allergy:

David M. Center, MD

John Bernardo, MD

Felicia Chen, MD

Miren Guenechea-Sola, MD

Helen Hollingsworth, MD

Frederic F. Little, MD

George O’Connor, MD

Tanvi Patel, MD

Jussi Saukkonen, MD 

For Patients:

To schedule a clinic visit, refer a patient, or speak with one of our physicians, please contact us at:

Doctors Office Building

Pulmonary/Allergy/Asthma

720 Harrison Avenue, 4th Floor, Suite 402

Boston, MA 02118

617-638-7480