Immunology and Allergy
The Division of Immunology and Allergy offers five immunology and allergy sub-speciality clinics, an antibody replacement program and bone marrow transplantation service.
Our Immunology clinic provides diagnosis and treatment of patients with genetically inherited disorders of the immune system. Patients are referred from across Canada for diagnosis and recommendations for treatment.
The Allergy clinic is a referral clinic for the diagnosis and management of children with complex allergic diseases including multiple drug allergies, latex allergy, food challenges and patients with complex medical conditions followed by SickKids who require an allergy assessment. Patients with common allergies are referred to designated allergists in the community. A team consisting of Staff Physicians, Clinical Nurse Specialist, and a Staff RN operates the clinics. Other health care professionals are consulted as deemed necessary. We see approximately 1,400 patients annually in our immunology and allergy clinics.
The primary role of the Division of Immunology and Allergy is to provide diagnosis and care for patients whose treatment is best managed in our multidisciplinary hospital environment. Examples of the types of patients we treat are those with primary immunodeficiencies, bone marrow transplantation, and allergy testing. Our Division offers a comprehensive fellowship program, exposing trainees to a broad range of practical and theoretical immunology and allergy, including translational and basic research.
The Division of Immunology and Allergy at The Hospital for Sick Children consists of four full-time and four part-time staff physicians each involved in clinical and research activities in various aspects of paediatric immunology and Allergy.
Eyal Grunebaum, division head and program director leads the internationally leading Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada training program.
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