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Food Allergy Program

Our Food Allergy program offers the highest quality care of food allergic children and adults, using the latest evidence-based advances. All food allergy related conditions are evaluated including anaphylaxis, hives, swelling, eczema, eosinophilic esophagitis and food protein sensitivity.

We take a multidisciplinary approach in evaluating and treating patients. Allergists, gastroenterologists, and nutritionists work in tandem in the care of our patients. Our expanding program in eosinophilic esophagitis integrates care between subspecialists in allergy and gastroenterology.

We take a thorough dietary history and medical history as part of our evaluation. Appropriate testing is performed including skin prick testing, and ImmunoCap (blood testing). We perform oral food challenges in a controlled and supervised environment when indicated.

Once a food allergy is identified, our comprehensive dietary management program focuses on patient education. We guide the patient and his or her family on how to avoid allergenic foods, how to read ingredient labels, and how to make substitutions to maintain a healthy diet. We offer consideration for participation in food allergy clinical trials supervised by our Food Allergy subspecialists. We provide an expanding Food Allergy educational program for physicians-in-training.

Columbia University Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital is a center of excellence and member of the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) Clinical Network to aid in the development of new therapeutics and best practices for the care of patients with food allergies.