Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Medicine

Division Chief's Message

Welcome to the Division of Allergy-Immunology (A-I). The A-I 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 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-immunology both in the U.S. and around the world. The success of the A-I Fellowship program at Northwestern results 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, was published in 2009.

We are pleased to have developed the Samuel M. Feinberg Chair of Medicine within our division and this chair will be held by Bruce Bochner, MD, who has recently joined our faculty. In the past decade we have built a vigorous research program that has been integrated with the strong clinical programs existing here for decades.   Over 20 faculty work in the Division of Allergy-Immunology. Research interests of faculty 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 of Fellows, graduate students, postdoctoral students and others. As a result of this initiative, expanded opportunities for training will be available for both MD and PhD A-I fellows, graduates 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. 

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.

This is an exciting time for those who pursue a career in medicine and medical research. Transforming the fruits of genomic and proteomic research into information and medicines that have a positive impact on humans in health and disease will be highly gratifying. As our appreciation of the impact of the immune system on disease continues to expand, so does the field of allergy-immunology.

Robert Schleimer, MD

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