Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Opens Food Allergy Center and Names Director

ATLANTA (February 26, 2018) – Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has established a new center dedicated to the study and treatment of food allergy and related disorders, and named Brian P. Vickery, M.D, as its founding director. In his role, Dr. Vickery will lead the development of the center, focusing on four main mission areas: clinical care, research, education, and advocacy/outreach. Dr. Vickery will also join the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory as an acting associate professor.

Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Vickery held faculty positions at Duke University School of Medicine and the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Most recently, he led the development of an investigational treatment for peanut allergy as a senior medical director at Aimmune Therapeutics.

Dr. Vickery is an expert in the field of food allergy and we are honored that he is joining our team,” said Jennifer Shih, medical director of Children’s Pediatric Allergy Clinics. “He will undoubtedly bring national distinction and expertise to our department."

Dr. Vickery’s research efforts focus on understanding the pathophysiology of food allergies and anaphylaxis as well as developing new therapies to treat them. He has published more than 50 papers in leading journals and has presented his work at national and international meetings. Dr. Vickery has contributed to the development of national food allergy treatment guidelines and is a current member of the Outcomes Research Advisory Board for the nonprofit Food Allergy Research and Education.

An Atlanta native, Dr. Vickery completed his undergraduate work at the University of Georgia and then obtained his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia. He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and his fellowship training in allergy & clinical immunology at Yale University School of Medicine.

Dr. Vickery has received several awards for clinical care and will see general pediatric allergy, asthma and immunology patients with a special clinical and research emphasis on food allergy, atopic dermatitis and eosinophilic disorders. Dr. Vickery will start at Children’s on March 26, 2018.

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