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Allergy and Immunology

Serving as world class leaders and teachers in advancing the science of Allergy and Immunology through basic and clinical research. Pursuing breakthrough cures and innovative treatments to achieve excellence in patient care.

The physicians and staff in the Division of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology are committed to excellence in patient care, research, education, and advocacy. The Division offers the full spectrum of clinical services within this specialty to infants, children, adolescents, and young adults.

Our staff includes board-certified physicians and nurse practitioners as well as nutritionists. Our program has the nation's largest experience with transplantation of T cell-depleted haploidentical parental bone marrow stem cells for correction of severe combined immunodeficiency disease (SCID). Additionally, we have an internationally known transplant program for DiGeorge Syndrome. We are a designated American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Center and also one of only two of the Immune Deficiency Foundation's designated National Centers for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases.

Areas of expertise include all allergic diseases, anaphylaxis, primary immunodeficiency, SCID, DiGeorge Syndrome, asthma, rhinitis, and autoimmune diseases.

The Division plays an active role in the Duke Asthma Clinical Research Center where state of the art asthma care is provided. In addition to clinical care, the Center is one of the twenty American Lung Association funded research centers for the development and evaluation of new therapies for the treatment of asthma. The Center also has NIH-funded research evaluating the cause of asthma.

The Duke Food Allergy Initiative (DFAI) was established for the study of food allergy in children and adults. DFAI provides comprehensive family-centered patient care for food allergy and food-related anaphylaxis. DFAI investigators study the biologic basis of food allergy in the laboratory and in clinical research studies.

Several physicians are members of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology as well as the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

The Division’s fellowship training program was established in the early 1940’s and became widely recognized as an excellent program for individuals who wish to specialize in pediatric allergy and immunology, and more recently, molecular biology. The three-year program is fully accredited by the American Council of Graduate Medical Education and offers clinical training and research development, as well as additional opportunities to attend graduate and medical school courses and develop teaching experience.


Our experienced team provides the diagnosis and treatment of asthma and all other allergic diseases including:

  • food allergy
  • recurrent infections
  • primary or genetically determined immunodeficiency diseases

We evaluate and diagnose symptoms including:

  • rashes and itching of the skin
  • coughing
  • bronchitis
  • wheezing
  • chronic or recurrent infections
  • food, drug or insect allergies
  • nasal symptoms and sinusitis

Physicians and Staff


Name Areas of Special Interest
Rebecca H. Buckley, MD All allergic diseases (including asthma, allergic rhinitis, atopic dermatitis, urticaria, anaphylaxis), recurrent infections, primary immunodeficiency (including IgA deficiency, agammaglobulinemia, chronic granulomatous disease, severe combined immunodeficiency, or SCID), bone-marrow transplantation for SCID
Michael M. Frank, MD Defects in host defenses (complement), allergic and immunologic diseases, autoimmune diseases, hereditary angioedema
M. Louise Markert, MD, PhD Thymic transplantation for DiGeorge syndrome, inherited immunodeficiency states
Joseph L. Roberts, MD, PhD Primary immunodeficiency, allergic diseases, bone-marrow transplantation in SCID
John W. Sleasman, MD Immune deficiency diseases in children and adults; disorders of immune regulation; immunodiagnostics
Amy P. Stallings, MD Pediatric allergy and immunology, food allergy, atopic dermatitis/eczema, urticaria/hives, asthma, allergic rhinitis, immunotherapy

Non-Clinical Research Faculty

NameAreas of Special Interest
Blythe Devlin, PhD Thymus transplantation
Bernard M. Fischer, DVM, PhD Airway epithelial cell cycle regulation and proliferation
Xiaoping Zhong, MD, PhD Cell signaling

Research Staff

Michele Cox Regulatory Affairs & Compliance Administrator
Charles Giamberardino Lab Research Analyst I
Jennifer Griffith Lab Research Analyst II
Garren Hester Research Analyst II
Suzanne Hsieh Lab Research Analyst I
Haixiang Jiang, PhD Assistant Research Professor
Jie Li Research Analyst II
Roberta Parrott Research Analyst II
Jialong Yang Postdoctoral Associate

Nursing Staff

Stephanie Gupton, CPNP Clinical Nurse Practitioner
Jane Hainline, CRN Clinical Nurse Practitioner
Virginia LaBelle, CPNP Clinical Nurse Practitioner
Debra Sedlak, CPNP Clinical Nurse Practitioner

Administrative Staff

Deborah Ladd Staff Assistant
Peter Malinosky Administrative Manager
Willie Monger Financial Management Analyst I
Debbie Preddy Fellowship Coordinator
Carol Ware Staff Assistant

Clinic Hours & Locations

Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center
2301 Erwin Road
Durham, NC 27710
Tel: 919-668-4000
Hours: Daily, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Duke Children’s and WakeMed Children's Specialty Services
23 Sunnybrook Road, Suite 200
Raleigh, NC 27610
Tel: 919-862-1200
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Duke Asthma, Allergy, and Airway Center
1821 Hillandale Road
Suite 25A
Durham, NC 27705
Tel: 919-620-7300

Appointments and Contact Information

Because many of our patients have chronic medical problems, direct and rapid access to a physician is of utmost importance. To serve our patients and referring physicians, faculty physicians covering pediatric allergy/immunology are always on call, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to answer questions and provide consultation.

  • For appointments for children, please call 919-668-4000.
  • For appointments for adults, please call 919-668-7630.
  • To schedule an appointment online, log on to Duke MyChart.
  • For urgent calls during business hours, call the divisional office at 919-684-9914.
  • For urgent calls after business hours, on weekends, or on holidays, please call 919-684-8111 and ask the operator to page 7311 for the pediatric allergist/immunologist on call.
  • For physicians requesting consultations or making referrals, please call the divisional office at 919-684-9914 or the Duke Consultation and Referral Center at 800-MED-DUKE (800-633-3853).