The Brigham and Women’s Hospital Food Allergy Center is a patient-care and research group that is focused on bringing new treatments and diagnostic strategies to patients with food allergies. Our team is made up of pediatric and adult allergists with clinical expertise and research interests in food allergy.
How We Can Help
We are experts in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of food allergies and eczema.
We offer supervised oral challenges for most foods.
We offer peanut oral immunotherapy (also known as peanut desensitization) to all children from infancy up to the age of 17 years. We have one protocol for infants and young children up to the age of 6, and a second protocol using the FDA-approved peanut oral immunotherapy protocol for children age 4 to 17 years.
On a case by case basis, we also offer oral immunotherapy for several other foods, including cashew and baked milk, and the types of foods available for oral immunotherapy will continue to increase in the next few years.
Through our peanut early introduction pathway, healthy at-risk infants can be treated with peanut to prevent the development of peanut allergy.
To reduce the risk of developing peanut allergy, children with eczema or other food allergy risk factors should have skin testing and peanut introduction into the diet starting at 4-6 months of age
We offer expedited peanut skin testing and peanut introduction pathway for infants under the age of 24 months.
If you are the parent of an infant or toddler with question of food allergy, please let our scheduling team know when you call.
What Sets Us Apart
Though Brigham and Women's Hospital is primarily recognized as an adult hospital, our Allergy and Clinical Immunology practice has always cared for patients of all ages. Five of our allergy attendings are also board-certified pediatricians, including the Director of the Food Allergy Center and our Division Chief.
Our team has expertise in the treatment and management of both pediatric and adult food allergy patients.
We believe in thoughtful, targeted, and evidence-based care in the management of food allergies.
We are also pursuing research studies focused on improving our understanding and management of food allergies.
Joyce Hsu, MD
Director of the Food Allergy Center
Make an appointment with Dr. Hsu at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and our clinics in Chestnut Hill and Foxborough.
Call (617) 732-9850 to main an appointment. The team is available to answer your calls Monday – Friday, 8:30pm–4:30pm. If you are calling to make a food allergy, peanut oral immunotherapy, or eczema evaluation for your child, please tell let the scheduling coordinator know to expedite the scheduling process.
If you are a new patient, you must register with Brigham and Women's Hospital. This is the first step to scheduling an appointment. New patients should call patient coordinator directly at (855) 278-8009 to request an appointment. Our scheduling coordinators provide personalized service in English or Spanish. Learn more about new patient registration.
Refer a Patient
If you are a referring physician and would like more information on the referral process, please contact our staff at (617) 732-9850.
We see pediatric and adult patients at all our clinical sites. Our primary location is at the 850 Boylston Street location in Chestnut Hill. All provider and nursing questions (including patient calls at night) should be directed to the office at Chestnut Hill.