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Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology

  • Drs. Korman and Lieberman assist patient
  • AIR Fellows
  • AIR Research Coordinators
  • Nelson Huertas in the Ritchlin Laboratory
  • Conference

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

Lupus Education Day 2019

Saturday, October 19, 2019
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Nursing Helen Wood Hall Auditorium (1W-304)

For more information on registration, parking and topic, see our printable flyer

Medicine Grand Rounds

Save the date!

Gerald Gleich, MD

Tuesday, Oct 19, 2019
Noon - 1:00 pm
Class of '62 Auditorium (G-9425)

Recent News

June 20, 2019
Accelerating Medicines Partnership Research Findings Highlighted by NIH

June 7, 2019
AIR Steps Out to Cure Scleroderma

May 6, 2019
The University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry has been Chosen as a World Allergy Organization Center of Excellence

March 14, 2019
Bethany Marston, MD joins ACR Discussion on Workforce Issues

October 25, 2018
AIR Research Presented at National Meeting

October 25, 2018
Christopher Ritchlin, MD, MPH a Master of the American College of Rheumatology

All News »


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.