Allergy and immunology

The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the MCH is the largest pediatric allergy practice in Canada.
 

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Our history

Allergy and Immunology began offering services at the Montreal Children's Hospital in the 1950s under the guidance of Dr. Harry Bacall. Since that time, the division has been on the leading edge of treatments for asthma, upper airway disease and food allergies. The MCH offered the first pediatric allergy training program in Quebec, and currently has the largest pediatric allergy and immunology training program in Canada.

Our team

The Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the MCH is the largest pediatric allergy practice in Canada. Our group includes 10 physicians, four nurses and a part-time respiratory therapist as well as support staff including administrative assistants and clinic staff.

Our physicians have a broad expertise in pediatric allergy, asthma, rhinitis-sinusitis, skin disease and food allergy. We also have tremendous expertise in the evaluation and treatment of immune deficiency (when the body’s immune system is reduced or absent). Our physicians have worked and trained in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Our experienced allergy nursing team has, on average, 10 years of experience working with children with allergic diseases. We also have a strong nursing team working with our patients who have immune deficiencies.

The division is also the largest centre in Canada for food allergy research and a leading centre in asthma and immune deficiency research.

Department head:

Bruce Mazer MD, Division Head

Staff members  

Where the care happens

The Asthma and Allergy Centre is located in the B-wing of the MCH. There are facilities for patient examinations, allergy testing, and lung function testing. Children are seen by medical students, pediatric residents, or allergists-in training (fellows) as well as a staff allergist. We also provide food challenge testing in our clinic to determine if a child is truly allergic to a particular food.

In 2015, the division will move to the new Montreal Children’s Hospital on the Glen site. Our outpatient facilities will continue to provide the high standard of care we currently offer.

Programs and services

Food Allergy: Our specialists evaluate children with suspected food allergies by establishing the child’s clinical history, and performing skin testing and blood testing, if appropriate. Diagnostic food challenge tests are performed to determine if the child currently has an allergy or if it has resolved itself over time.

Asthma and Respiratory Allergy: Our specialists evaluate children with asthma and respiratory allergies by taking a comprehensive history of the child, and performing a physical examination, skin testing, environmental counseling and providing a full range of therapeutics.

Immune deficiency: Our experts in immune problems evaluate children who have problems fighting infections by taking a comprehensive history of the child, and performing a physical examination and providing the most comprehensive immune testing available in Quebec. Genetic testing and highly specialized examinations are commonly used with these patients.

Skin Conditions: Specialists provide evaluation for patients with urticaria, eczema and drug rashes.

Drug Allergy: Children with suspected drug allergies to penicillin, other antibiotics, analgesics, anesthetics, etc., undergo complete evaluations including specially supervised drug challenges to verify the history of the child’s reaction to the drug and whether or not it is safe to give the drug to the child again.

Stinging Insect Allergy: Experts evaluate children with suspected allergy to bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects. A full treatment plan including desensitization (introducing small amounts of the allergen) and preparing for an emergency are provided.

Conditions and treatments

Our division offers the following comprehensive treatments:

Food allergy: emergency preparedness, action plans, dietary counseling. Research into desensitization therapy is beginning with a limited number of foods.

Asthma: environmental counseling, pharmacological and behavioural therapy, medication review and re-evaluation, new treatments and research programs.

Allergic rhinitis and sinusitis: environmental counseling, pharmacological therapy, desensitization therapy, medication review and re-evaluation, new treatments and research programs.

Treatment of primary immune deficiency: In-hospital and home immunoglobulin therapy programs, bone marrow transplantation, infection control and monitoring, 24 hour consultation service.

 Skin Conditions: treatment of urticaria, eczema and drug rashes, pharmacologic and behavioural therapies.

Stinging insect allergy: children with suspected allergy to bees, wasps, hornets and other stinging insects receive full treatment plans including desensitization and emergency preparedness.

Safety and wellness

Conditions and illnesses

Contact info 
  • 514-412-4324 (appointment centre)
  • 514-412-4288 (appointments fax)
  • 514-412-4470 (medical secretary and patient correspondence)
  • 514-412-4400 ext. 22370 (department administration and Residency Training Program)
  • 514-412-4390 (department fax)