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Allergy

A world-leading innovative team providing quaternary care to children of British Columbia and the Yukon for Allergy disorders.
About
Mission
  • To provide the best and most up-to-date investigation and treatment of allergic diseases in children
  • To improve the quality of care of children with allergic disease throughout British Columbia by the development of regional partnership programs.
  • To provide effective education of students, post-graduates and practicing physicians in the basic science and evidence based approaches to allergic disease to enhance quality of care in the community.
  • To develop innovative research projects with practical applications.
Allergic problems include conditions such as food allergy, drug allergy, asthma, atopic dermatitis (eczema), and allergic rhinitis (hayfever).  These conditions are very common, but proper diagnosis and management can be challenging.  Our most specialized form of management is immunotherapy, which is offered in various forms to carefully selected patients. 

The allergy clinic takes referrals for children from all parts of BC. About 30 per cent of the children come from outside the Greater Vancouver area and more than half have been seen previously by, and are referred from, other specialists, mainly general pediatricians.  A referral from a physician or nurse practitioner is required to attend this clinic.

We have had a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada approved fellowship training program in Clinical Immunology and Allergy since 2010, providing education to medical students, residents, and fellows.  Our world-renowned research includes research in food allergy, drug allergy, and eosinophilic esophagitis.  Our food allergy immunotherapy (FAIT) program is novel and has the primary purpose of studying the implementation of safe and standardized food immunotherapy protocols in the real world, within the context of our publicly funded health care system.  Our allergists have worked extensively with national and international colleagues on a variety of projects including clinical guideline development, and have received a variety of accolades.


 
Our expertise and passion lies in assessment and diagnosis of various allergic conditions. For those patients with a diagnosis of allergy, we provide individualized care plans and provide current and cutting edge treatments where appropriate.
Initial and follow up assessments are done either in person or virtually depending on the availability and needs of the clinic and patient/family. 


 
Physicians 

Dr. Edmond Chan

MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI

Division Head, Clinical Professor (UBC)

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Dr. Kyla Hildebrand

MD, FRCPC, MSc. CH

Clinical Associate Professor (UBC)


Dr. Tiffany Wong

MD FRCPC

Clinical Assistant Professor (UBC)


Dr. Raymond Mak

MD, FRCPC

Clinical Instructor (UBC)


Dr. Stephanie Erdle

MD, FRCPC

Clinical Instructor (UBC)

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Nurses:

Tess Erazo


Shaun Leong


Technologists:

Gael Kivlichan


Clinic Secretary:

Lisa Wilson


Research Manager:

Lianne Soller, PhD

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Krystal Prakash

 

OIT program secretary:

Jennifer Fortkamp

Phone number:  604-786-3204

Email: foodimmunotherapy@bcchr.ca 

 
 


Your Visit
Once we receive the referral from your doctor, our clinic will contact you for an appointment. Your first visit may take up to 2 hours long as you will be meeting with an Allergist either in-person or virtually, who will assess need for testing which may be done during the appointment.  For in-person visits, we suggest you allow for at least two hours for parking. Free valet parking is available at entrance 11, off of Oak street.

Please DO NOT TAKE antihistamines Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Gravol (dimenhydrinate) for 3 days prior to the appointment and other antihistamines such as Aerius (desloratidine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratidine) or Reactine (cetirizine) for 5 days prior to the appointment as they interfere with the skin test.

FOR EVERY APPOINTMENT please bring the following  
  1. Patient and their Health Care Card
  2. Details of suspected allergens and symptoms related to possible reactions
  3. ALL of your child's allergy and asthma medications and devices (eg. Spacer, aerochamber)

‎See the following brochures for information on food challenges: 


What is a Food Challenge brochure.pdf

What to Bring to Your Food Challenge brochure.pdf


Patients needing bloodwork will be directed to the BCCH Outpatient Laboratory located on the 2nd floor of the 1982 building (take the elevators by the Second Cup coffee shop up to the 2nd floor, and then turn left twice).  There will be signs on the wall to guide you.

As a teaching program, you will probably be seen by a trainee (e.g. resident or fellow) during your appointment.


Resources

COVID – CSACI position 

You can find information on a wide variety of issues related to diagnosis, treatment and prevention of allergy and asthma at www.aaaai.org and www.acaai.org.


Information is available about specific conditions:


Food allergy 

Allergic Rhinoconjunctivitis 
Anaphylaxis
Eczema
Hereditary Angiodema
Food allergy immunotherapy and research
Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
BC Asthma Guidelines
Canadian Pediatric Society, Allergy Section
American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology 
 










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