Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the Division of Allergy and Immunology.  The Allergy and Immunology Division has a long history of excellence in the three major areas of pursuit in academic medicine: patient care through Feinberg-affiliated care sites, teaching, and research.

Our fellowship training program offers A-I training opportunities for two to four fellows per year and is directed by Carol A. Saltoun, MD. We have a joint training program with Pediatric Allergy, and Fellows in both Pediatrics and Medicine see patients in both departments. We have a T32 training grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH) that supports MD and PhD fellows as they pursue careers in academic medicine. We have graduated over 150 Allergists, and many are academic leaders in the field of allergy and immunology both in the US and around the world. The success of the A-I Fellowship program at Northwestern results to a large extent from the devoted efforts of the faculty to Fellowship training, reflected in part by the publication of the Primer in Allergy which is used by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. In addition, the 7th edition of a major textbook, Patterson's Allergic Diseases 6th edition, is published by Drs. Grammer and Greenberger with several other Northwestern faculty members.

In the past decade, we have built a vigorous research program that has been integrated with the strong clinical programs existing here for decades and further strengthened the program. Over 24 faculty members work in the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Research interests in the A-I Division are broad and research in the division has led to over 1000 publications. Expansion of laboratory-based and grant-funded investigators over the last decade has dramatically expanded the opportunities for academic development. As a result, enhanced opportunities for training are available for both MD and PhD A-I fellows, graduate students and research technical scientists. The research enterprise is thriving in our division, and we now have considerable funding from the NIH, private foundations and generous benefactors. In addition, our division is endowed by the Roy and Elaine Patterson Chair, held by Dr. Robert Schleimer,  and the Samuel M. Feinberg Chair of Medicine, held by Dr. Bruce Bochner. We are in the process of endowing a third chair currently.

Through Northwestern Medicine care sites, division faculty, fellows, and residents offer clinical services alongside talented nurses and staff, under the direction of Leslie C. Grammer, MD. Areas of clinical excellence in our division include asthma, allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, idiopathic anaphylaxis, drug allergy, occupational immunologic lung disease, hypereosinophilia, chronic rhinosinusitis and allergen immunotherapy. The division maintains a federally licensed CLIA laboratory which provides diagnostic testing for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis and occupational immunologic lung disease, and testing for other markers of disease. Our Chicago allergists are available to care for patients suffering from complex allergic disease.

We welcome your interest and encourage you to explore our division and learn more about our program.

Robert Schleimer, MD

Robert P. Schleimer, PhD
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Division of Allergy-Immunology