Pediatric Allergy and Immunology

The Division of Allergy and Immunology in the Department of Internal Medicine (IM) was founded in 1979, and in 2003 the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology in Pediatrics was created. Directed by Rebecca Gruchalla, M.D., Ph.D., allergy and immunology spans both with three pediatric-based and two internal medicine-based faculty who are all certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, clinically active, and firmly committed to clinical teaching. Volunteer faculty members in private practice also participate in our clinical and educational activities.

While administratively separate, the two Allergy and Immunology divisions function as one blending of teaching, clinical, and research responsibilities.

Excellence in Patient Care

Patient care and clinical activities are based at the Allergy/Asthma and Immunology Clinics at Children’s Medical Center Dallas and at the James W. Aston Ambulatory Care Center, where we provide comprehensive evaluation, diagnostic, and management services for children and adults, respectively, with allergy, asthma, and immunological disorders.

  • Drew Bird, M.D., sees children who have allergic disorders and asthma, predominately children with food allergies, and directs the Food Allergy Center  at Children's Medical Center Dallas that opened in 2010. This is the only academic-affiliated pediatric food allergy center in North Texas. 
  • Maite de la Morena, M.D. directs the Clinical Immunology Program, which was awarded recognition by the Jeffrey Modell Foundation as a Center of Excellence for diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases.
  • Drs. Rebecca Gruchalla and David Khan see adults and children with asthma and allergic disorders at the Aston Center at UT Southwestern.

Learn more about the excellence of our patient care.

Leadership in Research

We participate in both clinical and basic science research efforts. As both a clinical and mechanistic site in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Inner City Asthma Consortium (ICAC), we continue to expand research efforts in pediatric asthma. We also collaborate with various basic scientists on campus. Learn more about our state-of-the-art research.

Education of Future Leaders

The Division has one of only 71 ACGME-accredited programs for fellowship training in allergy and immunology. We also provide the major instruction to pediatric and internal medicine residents in the evaluation and management of children and adults with allergic diseases, asthma, and immunodeficiency diseases. Learn more about our education and training programs for medical students, residents, and fellows.