Allergy and Immunology

Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology

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Division: 
Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology
Director: 
Rachel L. Miller, M.D., FAAAAI
Email: 
rlm14@columbia.edu
Phone: 
(212) 305-7759
Administrator: 
Lazina Lorick
Phone: 
(212) 305-4930

The Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology is comprised of two sections of seven full time and several more part-time attending physicians with a wide array of interests in these fields. The division evaluates children and adults both on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our central approach is to provide personalized and multidisciplinary medical care to patients while upholding the highest standards. We focus on educating our patients and their families to empower them to be active participants in the management of their disease. We also are committed to educating the next generation of outstanding allergists/immunologists and rheumatologists by offering the finest training to fellows, residents and medical students.

In the Allergy and Immunology section, we assess patients with conditions such as asthma, rhinitis, drug reactions, hives, atopic dermatitis, contact dermatitis, chronic sinusitis, hereditary angioneurotic edema, anaphylaxis, insect allergies, latex allergies, eosinophilic esophagitis and immunodeficiencies.

We have created a food allergy center that evaluates all types of food allergic patients. Skin testing, immunoglublin E testing and patch testing are performed depending on the clinical presentation. When necessary, food challenges are performed to determine more definitively whether a patient is truly allergic. In addition, we have created a specialized program in Immunodeficiency that is devoted towards utilizing state-of-the-art measures to help diagnose and treat congenital immunodeficiencies.

Additional testing for an array of clinical situations that we also perform include: intradermal testing for environmental allergies, pulmonary function testing for our asthmatics, and rhinoscopy for patients with chronic nasal symptoms.

The Division is involved in several areas of research, most actively in the causes and mechanisms of asthma and allergies where faculty are published widely and have achieved national acclaim. Faculty also coauthor the widely distributed Up-to-date on “Trigger control to improve asthma management.” Additional areas of ongoing research include food allergies and urticaria, We participate in clinical trials, and most recently in a multicenter clinical trials testing a novel treatment for hereditary angioneurotic edema.

We have offices in New York City, Staten Island and the Bronx to improve the access to our physicians.

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology was one of the first programs established in the United States and the first established in the New York City area. It was founded by Dr. Jerry Jacobs in 1960, who wrote the first textbook in Pediatric Rheumatology, which was based on patient experiences at the then Babies Hospital of Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.

The Division provides care to thousands of children with rheumatic disease. Rheumatology is an integral diagnostic and consultation service for our inpatient, infusion and outpatient services.
All of our academic faculty are nationally recognized clinical experts in the care of children with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. All of our attending have run large clinical programs before joining our group. This combined experience is unmatched at any other area program. In addition NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a referral center for other children's centers and we have the resources and staff to care for the most complex patients.

All of our academic faculty are clinical experts in the care of children with rheumatic and autoimmune diseases. In addition NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is a referral center for other children's centers and we have the resources and staff to care for the most complex patients.