Allergy-Immunology Fellowship Program

Our fellowship is a large, multidisciplinary program with several interdepartmental collaborations in clinical care as well as clinical and bench research, which take place at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.  The goals of our Allergy & Immunology Fellowship Program are to train internists and pediatricians to become leaders in the field of Allergy-Immunology who are highly competent in diagnosing and managing patients with a broad spectrum of allergic and immunologic conditions, and in educating patients, their families and health care professionals.  In addition, the program encourages trainees to pursue careers in academic allergy and immunology. In the past 5 years, 60% of our fellows have pursued academic careers. Our pass rate in the ABAI examination has been 100% since 2002.

Further program details, including our Housestaff Manual and a sample training contract, are available on our McGaw Medical Center Graduate Education site.  Likewise, we recommend reading through our FREIDA listing (program number 020-16-31-016).

Our program has been training physicians in our field since 1950s after Dr. Samuel Feinberg started the Allergy-Immunology Division at Northwestern University Department of Medicine. Dr. Feinberg was the first president of the now named American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI), the largest society in our subspecialty in the world.

In 1959, Roy Patterson, MD joined the Division. He was the Division Chief from 1967 to 2002. He was also Chair of the Department of Medicine from 1973-1990. Dr. Patterson established the fellowship in 1960. After the ACGME was created, our fellowship became accredited in 1977 (ACGME ID#0201631016). Under Dr. Patterson’s leadership, our Division became world renowned for its clinical research, creating clinical diagnoses and management protocols for allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, severe asthma, drug allergies, radiocontrast anaphylactic reactions, and anaphylaxis.

Since 2004, Robert Schleimer, PhD has been our Division Chief. Under his leadership, we have expanded our basic, translational and clinical research programs.

On the Pediatric side, Richard Evans III, MD started the Pediatric Division of Allergy-Immunology and was its Chief from 1987 to 1999. He was a leader in inner city asthma research and helped create the NIAID Inner City Asthma Consortium, which we have been part of since its inception. Since 1999, Jacqueline Pongracic, MD has been the Chief of the Division, and under her leadership, we have expanded our pediatric faculty and clinical activities as well as our pediatric clinical and translational research programs.

The accomplishments of our faculty and alumni are numerous. Since 1960, we have trained over 173 fellows. Our trainees and faculty have achieved national and international recognition, including 6 presidents of AAAAI, 2 presidents of ACAAI, 3 Division chiefs at other institutions, and 1 Chief of Staff at Chicago VA Hospital. Our faculty members edit reference books widely utilized by specialists in our field such as the Patterson’s Allergic Diseases, Drug Allergy and Protocols for Management of Drug Allergies, the Northwestern University Allergy-Immunology Syllabus for Residents and Students; and the Primer on Sinonasal Diseases from the Am J of Rhinol and Allergy.

Program Director

Pedro Avila, MD

Pedro C. Avila, MD
Northwestern University
676 North Saint Clair Street, Suite 14-018
Chicago, IL 60611

Fellowship Coordinator (Medicine Track)

Mr. Gregory G. Guevara

Mr. Gregory G. Guevara
Phone: 312-695-4147
Fax: 312-695-4141

Associate Director (Pediatrics)

Ramsay Fuleihan

Ramsay Fuleihan, MD
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago
225 E. Chicago Avenue, Box 60
Chicago, IL

Fellowship Coordinator (Pediatrics Track)

Rita Ponce
Phone: 312-227-6011
Fax: 312-227-9401