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Food Allergy Center

A multidisciplinary team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center provides evaluation and treatment for children with known and suspected food allergies and related conditions.

Our mission is to integrate cutting-edge patient-centered research and evidence-based, multidisciplinary practice to provide the best possible care.

Our Services

Patients with known or suspected food allergies are evaluated and treated by a team of providers including allergists, gastroenterologists, nutritionists and psychologists as appropriate. These related specialists are physically present to meet with patients at the Food Allergy Center (FAC), enabling patients and their parents to get their needs met in the most practical, coherent and efficient manner. We primarily focus on the diagnosis and treatment of:

  • IgE-mediated food allergies (e.g., immediate, potentially anaphylactic reactions to milk, egg, peanut, etc.)
  • IgE-associated diseases (e.g., eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, atopic dermatitis)
  • Other food antigen associated diseases (e.g., food protein induced enterocolitis, celiac disease)

Patient evaluation will involve detailed history and exam as well as testing procedures such as food challenges and both skin prick and patch skin testing when indicated.

Values and Philosophy

  • Education is the foundation for a reciprocal relationship with the patient and the best possible outcomes
  • The immune system is central to the disease and is the focus of research and treatment
  • Practice is driven by evidence and research is driven by the gaps in that evidence
  • Every patient is a research partner and should be invited to participate in cutting-edge studies while preserving individualized care and ensuring patient privacy
  • The best care is multidisciplinary care and may involve specialists in Allergy, Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Psychology, Dermatology or others
  • The best patient-centered research is multidisciplinary research (clinical; epidemiological; mechanistic; basic; involving a team of investigators from clinical and pre-clinical divisions and involving both pediatric and adult subjects)
  • Commitment to impacting food allergy through oral immunotherapy and other effective treatments, as well as our research to understand the causes, mechanisms and furthermore cures of our patients’ afflictions

Pediatric Allergy Locations Near You

Our allergists practice at MassGeneral Hospital for Children in Boston and also at community locations including Newton-Wellesley Hospital, MassGeneral for Children at North Shore Medical Center and Mass General West in Waltham.

A Tradition of Caring

At MassGeneral Hospital for Children we know that the time of your child's diagnosis and treatment is a very stressful one and we strive to provide an open, welcoming environment. We believe that no one knows a child as well as the parent does: parents, along with primary care providers, become our partners in a child's care and have an active voice in all treatment plans.

Specialists at MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center evaluate and treat children with food allergies and related conditions including:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Food Allergies in Children
  • Food Allergies
  • Adverse Food Reactions
  • Allergic Colitis of Infancy
  • Asthma with Suspicion of Food Allergy
  • Atopic Dermatitis with Suspicion of Food Allergy
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Other Eosinophilic GI Disorders
  • Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome
  • Food Allergies, Known or Suspected
  • Poor Growth with Suspicion of Food Allergy

 

Food Allergies

A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.

Food Allergy Center patient testimonials

Read about three patients who have benefited from services at the Food Allergy Center.

The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and MassGeneral Hospital for Children

With the hope of making a long-term impact in the field, The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) has been established to diagnose and treat known and suspected cases of food allergies.

Family Finds Support System in Food Allergy Center

Tadgh Murray continues to clear social and medical hurdles with help from the Food Allergy Center.

Are Food Allergies Over-Diagnosed?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about the diagnosis and treatment of food allergies.

Are Kids at Risk When Peanuts Are Served on Airplanes?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, a pediatric allergist at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, answers questions about proposed changes to air travel regulations.

Food Allergies and School: Frequently Asked Questions

The Food Allergy team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children answers common concerns about food allergies and school.

Establishment of the Mass General Food Allergy Center

In Fall 2009, Massachusetts General Hospital established a comprehensive center for the treatment and study of food allergy and food-related disorders to provide state-of-the-art care while investigating the mysteries that underlie these inadequately understood and as yet incurable diseases.

Summer Camp and your Food Allergic Child

After-school activities can be difficult with a food allergic child. Rose Ann Miller talks about her own experience sending her food allergic child to summer camp. Learn about how she worked together with the Food Allergy Center to prepare herself, the camp and her child for this new life hurdle.

Food Allergy Anxieties

Nancy S. Rotter, PhD, a pediatric psychologist in the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, treats children who are impacted by medical illness and specializes in understanding the challenges of preparing allergic children for transitions at different developmental stages. Sarah Wolfgang talks about her own experience managing her day to day activities with her two allergic children.

A dream come true: working at Mass General’s Food Allergy Center

Qian Yuan, MD, PhD, is a gastroenterologist and clinical director at the Food Allergy Center (FAC) at Massachusetts General Hospital. Before coming to Mass General, Dr. Yuan worked with renowned immunologist and allergist K. Frank Austen, MD, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, where he sparked an interest in Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE or EoE). Read about the exciting research projects and advancements in EoE at the center.

What research is currently underway at the Food Allergy Center?

Research at the Food Allergy Center including an oral immunotherapy study of peanut-allergic children, a study of older adolescents and adults with milk and peanut allergies, and plans for a new, multi-food study with Stanford University, and more.

Oral Food Challenges

The Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital has conducted more than 200 food challenges with a pass rate of about 70 percent. A food challenge is the most definitive procedure for testing whether someone can tolerate a specific food. Parents from the Food Allergy Center talk about their own experiences with food challenges.

Peanut Oral Immunotherapy Study at the Food Allergy Center

The Food Allergy Center is currently enrolling peanut allergic children ages 7–21 years in an oral immunotherapy (OIT) study, which involves administering small doses of peanut powder, increased over time. Read about Deb Edmunds’ insiders experience with her daughter, Ashley Edmunds, who is currently enrolled.

Food Allergy Center Summer Newsletter

Read about summer camp and your food allergic child, allergy anxiety, new books for parents and more in the summer Pediatric Food Allergy Center newsletter

What are the differences between oral immunotherapy and food challenges?

Wayne Shreffler, MD, PhD, division chief of Pediatric Allergy & Immunology at MassGeneral Hospital for Children and director of the Food Allergy Center at Massachusetts General Hospital, explains the differences between food challenges, which are established methods of care, and oral immunotherapy, which is still in research.

Breastfeeding and the Development of Allergic Disease

In addition to practicing pediatric allergy/immunology at MGHfC and the Newton-Wellesley Hospital outpatient Pediatric Specialty Ambulatory Care Center, Dr. Iyengar conducts translational research on breast milk factors implicated in the development of allergic disease. As an Associate Investigator of the Harvard Clinical Nutrition Research Center (HCNRC) at MGH, she studies the role of breast milk in modulating gut mucosal responses in allergic disease.

Thirteen tips to Navigate the Holidays Joyfully and Safely

Shift the focus from holiday foods and plan memorable holiday activities for your children to enjoy this season that are safe and free from allergens.

Tips for Travel

Traveling with children who have food allergies can be challenging, but with a little preparation, you don’t need to stay home.

Food Allergy Center Research Provides Hope for Future Treatment of Food Allergies

The Food Allergy Center strives to answer why some people react to certain foods. Research provides hope for future treatment of patients with food allergies.

A Nurse Who Wears Many Hats

As both a pediatric allergy and pulmonary nurse and mother of children with food allergies, Lisa provides an insight into the emerging food allergy developments.

Kids and food Allergies on NPR's "On Point"

Dr. Shreffler was featured on "On Point" on May 1st. This segment discussed food allergies and research thereon

Tips for enjoying the holidays with food allergies

MassGeneral Hospital for Children’s Food Allergy Center experts share their surefire tips for ensuring families with food allergies experience a happy and healthy holiday season.

Living a Full and Happy Life with Food Allergies

Come join us for the third meeting in our series "Living a Full and Happy Life with Food Allergies" on April 10th. Meeting at Mass General, Yawkey, 4th Floor, RM 820 from 6:30-8:00 pm. (To find the room: Face the windows after you exit the elevators, turn left and walk to the end of the hallway. The entrance is on the left.) Children 8 and older are welcome. This meeting intends to address their concerns and give them a chance to share in an age appropriate manner. Upcoming events on May 16th and June 25th.

Frontiers in Pediatrics Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Nutrition 2013

This course is designed to meet one or more of the following Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education competencies: Patient care; Medical knowledge; Practice-based learning and improvement; Interpersonal and communication skills; Professionalism; Systems-based practice

MGHfC Food Allergy Center

MGH Professional Office Building
275 Cambridge Street
Suite 530
Boston, MA 02114

Phone: 617-643-6834
Fax: 617-724-2803

Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes

To schedule an appointment with a MassGeneral for Children pediatric specialist, please call 888-644-3248 or complete our online appointment form to request an appointment.

Physicians may call 888-644-3211 or use the online referral form and the Access & New Appointment Center will call your patient within 1 business day.

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