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

ATLANTA (Feb. 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, MD, a Pediatric Allergist and Immunologist, 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 and outreach. Dr. Vickery will also join the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine as an acting Associate Professor.

Prior to joining Children’s, Dr. Vickery held faculty positions at Duke University School of Medicine and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine. Most recently, he led the development of an investigational treatment for peanut allergy as 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, MD, Medical Director of the 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 earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. He completed his pediatric residency and chief residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and his fellowship training in allergy and 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.

About Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

As the only freestanding pediatric healthcare system in Georgia, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is the trusted leader in caring for kids. The not-for-profit organization’s mission is to make kids better today and healthier tomorrow through more than 60 pediatric specialties and programs, top healthcare professionals, and leading research and technology. Children’s is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the country, managing more than one million patient visits annually at three hospitals, Marcus Autism Center, the Center for Advanced Pediatrics, urgent care centers and neighborhood locations. Consistently ranked among the top children’s hospitals by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta has impacted the lives of kids in Georgia, across the United States and around the world for more than 100 years thanks to generous support from the community.

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