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Wesley Burks, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. He is also Physician-in-Chief at the North Carolina Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burks is a co-author of Food Allergy.

Dr. Burks received his medical degree from the University of Arkansas College of Medicine. He completed a pediatric internship and residency at Arkansas Children’s Hospital and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, after which he performed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center.  He is certified in pediatrics and in pediatric allergy and immunology.

Dr. Burks is an internationally renowned researcher, teacher, and clinician, accepting referrals from across the nation, and has served as an advocate for improving care for allergy and immunology patients. He has served as a director on the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and is a member of the Allergy and Immunology RRC for the ACGME. He is currently president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

As a respected leader in the development of immunotherapy for food allergy, Dr. Burks has always maintained an active translational food allergy research program. He has been funded by the NIH since 1989 and has published more than 250 scholarly book chapters and articles. He is on the editorial board of Pediatrics, the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and the International Archives of Allergy and Applied Immunology.

Dr. Burks’ research interests include asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis and other childhood allergic diseases, with a special interest in anaphylaxis and food allergy. He recently received the Bret Ratner Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics for his contributions to the field.

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