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.
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Meet the Team
- Wayne G. Shreffler, MD, PhD
- Joshua A. Boyce, MD
- Paul E. Hesterberg, MD
- Rajashri S. Iyengar, MD, MPH
- Aubrey J. Katz, MD
- Allen Lapey, MD
- Perdita Permaul, MD
- Elizabeth C. TePas, MD
- Jolan E. Walter, MD, PhD
- Qian Yuan, MD, PhD
- Nancy S. Rotter, PhD
- Paula G. Curren, RN, MSN, CPNP
- Elisabeth Scannell Stieb, RN, BSN, AE-C
- Joan W. Murphy, RN, MBA, AE-C
- Carolyn A. Butterworth, MS, RD,RN
Our mission is to integrate cutting-edge patient-centered research and evidence-based, multidisciplinary practice to provide the best possible care.
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)
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:
- 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
A food allergy is an abnormal response of the body to a certain food.
The following related clinical trials and research studies are currently seeking participants at Massachusetts General Hospital. Search for clinical trials and studies in another area of interest.
Read about three patients who have benefited from services at the Food Allergy Center.
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.
Tadgh Murray continues to clear social and medical hurdles with help from the Food Allergy Center.
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.
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.
The Food Allergy team at MassGeneral Hospital for Children answers common concerns about food allergies and school.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Traveling with children who have food allergies can be challenging, but with a little preparation, you don’t need to stay home.
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.
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.
Dr. Shreffler was featured on "On Point" on May 1st. This segment discussed food allergies and research thereon
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.
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 CenterMGH Professional Office Building
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Public Transportation Access: yes
Disabled Access: yes
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