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J. Andrew Bird, M.D. graduated from Texas A&M University in 1999 and from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio in 2003.  He completed a Pediatrics residency in 2006 and then an Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in 2008.  He was the first recipient of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology/Food Allergy Initiative Howard Gittis Memorial Award in 2008, which allowed him to complete a clinical research fellowship in food allergy under the direction of Dr. Wesley Burks at Duke University in 2009. 

Dr. Bird joined the faculty at UT Southwestern in 2009.  He is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine, Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, and Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Medical Center.  Dr. Bird’s research interests are in understanding and treating life-threatening reactions to foods, and he is currently working with colleagues in several ongoing clinical trials using food proteins for immunotherapy.


Medical School
UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (2003)
Baylor College of Medicine (2006), Pediatrics
Baylor College of Medicine (2008), Allergy & Immunology
Research Fellowship
Duke University Medical Center (2009), Allergy & Immunology

Specialty Areas

Clinical Interest

  • Allergies
  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Allergy Food
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
  • Research Interest

    • Food allergy treatment
    • Life-threatening reactions to foods


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    Trends in Provider Management of Patients with Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome.
    Greenhawt M, Bird JA, Nowak-Wegrzyn AH J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2017 Mar
    Oral Immunotherapy, Sublingual Immunotherapy, or Epicutaneous Immunotherapy: Which Is the Right Solution?
    Lieu TJ, Bird JA. Curr Treat Options Allergy 2017 4 (1) 1-13
    Cow's milk protein is often tolerated by children with oat-induced FPIES.
    Kapoor M, Bird JA J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2016 Nov
    Conducting an Oral Food Challenge to Peanut in an Infant.
    Bird JA, Groetch M, Allen KJ, Bock SA, Leonard S, Nowak-Wegrzyn AH, Sicherer S, Clark A, Fleischer DM, Venter C, Vickery B, Young MC J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2016 Nov
    Food allergy needs assessment, training curriculum, and knowledge assessment for child care.
    Lanser BJ, Covar R, Bird JA Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Apr
    Approach to evaluation and management of a patient with multiple food allergies.
    Bird JA Allergy Asthma Proc 2016 Mar 37 2 86-91
    Tolerance of a high-protein baked-egg product in egg-allergic children.
    Saifi M, Swamy N, Crain M, Brown LS, Bird JA Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Jan
    Clinical management of food allergy.
    Bird JA, Lack G, Perry TT J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2015 Jan-Feb 3 1 1-11
    Modified peanut oral immunotherapy protocol safely and effectively induces desensitization.
    Bird JA, Feldman M, Arneson A, Dougherty I, Brown LS, Burk CM, Kulis M, Burks W, Gill M J Allergy Clin Immunol Pract 2015 Jan
    Current opinion and review on peanut oral immunotherapy.
    Deol S, Bird JA Hum Vaccin Immunother 2014 Oct 10 10 3017-21

    Honors & Awards

    • Mom-Approved Doctor
      Dallas Child Magazine (2017)
    • Texas Super Doctor
      Texas Monthly Magazine (2015-2016)
    • Best Doctors in Dallas
      D Magazine (2014)
    • Winn Master Physician in Food Allergy
      Children's Medical Center (2014)
    • Super Doctor - Texas Rising Stars
      Texas Monthly Magazine (2012-2014)
    • Young Faculty Support Award
      American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2012)
    • Best Pediatric Specialists
      D Magazine (2011-2017)
    • Honorary Medical Chair
      FAAN Walk (2011)
    • NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Award
    • Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care
    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Howard Gittis Memorial Award

    Professional Associations/Affiliations

    • Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society (2010)
    • American Medical Association (2008-2010)
    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
    • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (2003)