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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 Assistant 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
University of Texas 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 Food
  • Anaphylaxis
  • Research Interest

    • Food allergy treatment
    • Life-threatening reactions to foods


    Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

    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
    Food Allergen Panel Testing Often Results in Misdiagnosis of Food Allergy.
    Bird JA, Crain M, Varshney P J. Pediatr. 2014 Sep
    Winter birth in inner-city asthmatic children is associated with increased food allergen sensitization risk.
    Bird JA, Wang J, Visness CM, Calatroni A, Sampson HA, Gruchalla R J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2014 Jun
    Oral immunotherapy for food allergy, ready for prime time? Heated egg and milk.
    Feldman MF, Bird JA Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 2014 May 14 5 436
    Identification of peanuts and tree nuts: are allergists smarter than their patients?
    Kao L, Bhangoo PS, Roy L, Bird JA Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2013 Oct 111 4 282-5
    Misdiagnosed Food Allergy Resulting in Severe Malnutrition in an Infant.
    Alvares M, Kao L, Mittal V, Wuu A, Clark A, Bird JA Pediatrics 2013 Jun
    Tree nut- and sesame-specific IgE do not decrease from baseline with peanut oral immunotherapy (OIT).
    Bird JA, Kulis M, Burk CM, Vickery BP, Jones SM, Burks W Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012 Dec 109 6 470-1
    Safe administration of the seasonal trivalent influenza vaccine to children with severe egg allergy.
    Greenhawt MJ, Spergel JM, Rank MA, Green TD, Masnoor D, Sharma H, Bird JA, Chang JE, Sinh D, Teich E, Kelso JM, Sanders GM Ann. Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2012 Dec 109 6 426-30

    Honors & Awards

    • Best Doctors in Dallas, D Magazine
    • Mom-Approved Doctor, Dallas Child magazine
    • Winn Master Physician in Food Allergy
      Children's Medical Center (2014)
    • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Moms Magazine
    • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Moms Magazine
    • Fellow, American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    • Super Doctor - Texas Rising Stars, Texas Monthly Magazine
    • Young Faculty Support Award, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology
    • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Family Magazine
    • Honorary Medical Chair, FAAN Walk
    • 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

    • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
    • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
    • American Academy of Pediatrics (2003)