Food Allergy Center
MGfC Food Allergy Center
MGH Professional Office Building, Suite 530
275 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114
Near public transit
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 Salem Hospital, and Mass General Waltham.
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Schedule a Virtual Visit
Our team provides patients with virtual visits using video-based programs over a secure Internet connection to the patient’s desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Virtual visits give our patients and families a direct video link with their doctor without having to travel for an appointment. Patients may discuss symptoms and clarify treatment plans from the comfort of their home or another private setting. To arrange a virtual visit, please call 617-643-6834.Learn more about virtual visits
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)
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
View the full collection of patient resources from the Food Allergy Center at MGfC.
Is your child allergic to peanuts?
A clinical research study is currently looking for children ages 12 to 17 who are allergic to peanuts to test an investigational vaccine.
Research Study on Early Peanut Introduction for Infants
To determine the best approach to peanut introduction and the value of skin testing and/or blood testing to peanut before starting peanut-containing foods.
Omalizumab as Monotherapy and as Adjunct Therapy to Multi-Allergen OIT in Food Allergic Children and Adults (OUtMATCH)
Our researchers are trying to determine if a study medication called omalizumab alone or combined with oral immunotherapy may help people with multiple food allergies. Participants must have a peanut allergy and at least two other food allergies to milk, egg, wheat, cashew, hazelnut, or walnut.
I cannot put into words how amazing it has been at MGfC and how Nicholas and our family can now live a normal life.
mother of patient Nicholas
A multidisciplinary team at Mass General for Children’s Food Allergy Center provides evaluation and treatment for children with known and suspected food allergies and related conditions.
- Clinical Director of Pediatric Allergy/Immunology
- Gastrointestinal Food Allergy, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Instructor, Harvard Medical Center
- Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
- Director of Gastrointestinal Food Allergy, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Co-Director, Massachusetts General Hospital Food Allergy Center
- Co-Director, Pediatric Gastroenterology Section, Food Allergy Center
- Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School
- Associate Program Director, MGHfC Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition Fellowship
- Director of Food Allergy Advocacy, Education and Prevention, Food Allergy Center
- Chief, Pediatric Allergy & Immunology
- Director, Food Allergy Center
- Principal Investigator, Center for Immunology and Inflammatory Diseases
- Pediatrician, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Clinical Instructor, Harvard Medical School
- Associate Pediatrician
Food Allergy Management Resources
Spotting Anaphylaxis in Babies
Learn the signs and what to do if your baby develops anaphylaxis.
Anaphylaxis for the Infant
Video about special considerations in recognizing anaphylaxis in infants.
Food Allergy Management Boot Camp
An interactive group session to strengthen caregivers' food allergy management skills.
Managing Food Allergies with Confidence
The secrets to managing food allergies confidently are prevention and preparation.
Resources for Children Who Are Ready to Try Peanuts
The information this section is only for families whose child does not have a diagnosed peanut allergy AND whose providers have determined that it is safe for the child to try peanut products.
Peanut Introduction in Babies
How to introduce your baby to peanut products.
Introducción de productos con maní (PDF)
Cómo introducir a tu bebé a los productos de maní.
Introducing Peanuts to Infants
Video explaining the guidelines for introducing your child to peanuts.
COVID-19 Resources for Families
Articles and Q&As from providers across MGfC on how to take care of your children and yourself during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Make an Appointment
Contact Mass General for Children to make an appointment with a specialist at the Food Allergy Center.