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Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology

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Welcome from the Chief

Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPHWelcome to the Division of Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology (AIR). This Division has a long history of providing excellence in patient care, medical research, and education that dates back to the 1950’s. Our current faculty and staff are not only committed to carrying on this tradition but are also recognized nationally as leaders in their field.

We provide timely, comprehensive, individualized, state-of-the-art medical care to patients with musculoskeletal, autoimmune, and allergic diseases. We act as advocates for our patients and seek to improve treatments outcomes and quality of life.

Our faculty perform cutting edge investigation in basic science and translational research as we seek to expand our understanding of the mechanisms that underlie inflammatory, allergic and autoimmune disorders, with the goal of developing more effective and less toxic treatments.

We are also committed to educating the next generation of Allergists/Immunologists and Rheumatologists. Being a combined division with close ties to Pediatrics as well as many other Departments in the Medical Center including Orthopedics, Dermatology and others offers our fellows numerous unique opportunities.

Christopher Ritchlin, M.D., M.P.H.
Division Chief

Upcoming Speakers and Events

AIR Conferences

Contact Dermatitis

Theresa Bingemann, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, URMC
Thursday, October 8, 2020

William F. Neuman Visiting Scientist Speaker Series
Center for Musculoskeletal Research Seminar

Rheumatoid Synovitis: From Disease Onset to Drug-Free Remission
Antonio Manzo, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Rheumatology, University of Pavia School of Medicine
Scientific Coordinator, Rheumatology and Translational Immunology Research Laboratories, IRCCS Policlinico San Matteo
Thursday, October 8, 2020 at 9am
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Infusion Reactions

John Looney, MD
Dr. Stephen I. Rosenfeld and Elise A. Rosenfeld Distinguished Professorship in Allergy & Clinical Immunology, Department of Medicine, URMC
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Multidisciplinary Case Conference

Annie Yang, MD
Rheumatology Fellow, URMC
Thursday, October 15, 2020

14th Annual Lupus Education Day

9 – 10am
Virtual Webinar: Please see event flyer for registration information
October 17, 2020

Dr. John J. Condemi Lecture in Allergy, Immunology and Rheumatology:

COVID-19 as Immunology Boot Camp:  Anti-Viral Defense, Cytokine Biology and Prospects for Therapy

Leonard Calabrese, DO
Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic: Lerner School of Medicine
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
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AIR/Derm Grand Rounds

Neil Prose, MD
Pediatric Dermatology, Duke Health
Thursday, October 26, 2020

All Things Epinephrine

Theresa Bingemann, MD
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, URMC

Emily Weis MD, MS
Assistant Clinical Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pediatrics, URMC
November 3, 2020

Alpha-gal Syndrome: The Food Allergy Disruptor

Onyinye Iweala, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UNC
November 19, 2020

Title: TBD

Heidi Connolly, MD
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, URMC
Thursday, December 3, 2020

Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Amy Burris, MD
Allergy/Immunology Fellow, URMC

Anthony Ocon, MD, PhD
Rheumatology Fellow, URMC
March 23, 2020

Title: TBA

Gary Soffer, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Integrative Medicine Unit, Yale University
March 25, 2021


Recent News

September 23, 2020
AIR Walks to Support Lupus and Scleroderma Research

September 16, 2020
Drs. Anthony Ocon and Christopher Ritchlin Among Authors of a Publication Outlining Guidance for Management of Psoriatic Disease During the Pandemic

September 11, 2020
Drs. Bethany Marston and Jason Kolfenbach Share Their Advice for Fellows

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John Looney, MDThe University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry Chosen as a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence

John Looney, MD, Kirsi Jarvinen-Seppo, MD, PhD, Steve Georas, MD, Sandy Khurana, MD, and Lisa Beck, MD have been awarded a WAO Center of Excellence. The WAO provides educational outreach programs, symposia and lectureships in 100 countries around the world. Centers of Excellence are tasked with intensifying and accelerating multi-disciplinary scientific and clinical research, education, and training in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.

Jennifer Anolik, MDJennifer Anolik, MD, PhD Named Associate Chair of Research for the Department of Medicine

As Associate Chair of Research, Dr. Jennifer Anolik will be collaborating with Dr. Stephen Hammes, Vice Chair for Research and Academic Affairs. They have been tasked with the oversight and continued development of the academic and research missions in the Department of Medicine.