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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 a Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care, the director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Internal Medicine in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at UT Southwestern 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)
Residency Baylor College of Medicine (2006), Pediatrics
Fellowship 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

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
Increased peanut-specific IgA levels in saliva correlate with food challenge outcomes after peanut sublingual immunotherapy.
Kulis M, Saba K, Kim EH, Bird JA, Kamilaris N, Vickery BP, Staats H, Burks AW J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2012 Apr 129 4 1159-62
Single-dose influenza vaccination of patients with egg allergy in a multicenter study.
Webb L, Petersen M, Boden S, Labelle V, Bird JA, Howell D, Burks AW, Laubach S J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2011 Jul 128 1 218-9
Sublingual immunotherapy for peanut allergy: clinical and immunologic evidence of desensitization.
Kim EH, Bird JA, Kulis M, Laubach S, Pons L, Shreffler W, Steele P, Kamilaris J, Vickery B, Burks AW J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2011 Mar 127 3 640-6.e1
Peanut allergy saves a patient with cold-induced hypotension and urticaria.
Bird JA, Burks W J. Pediatr. 2010 Apr 156 4 687
Adverse reactions during peanut oral immunotherapy home dosing.
Varshney P, Steele PH, Vickery BP, Bird JA, Thyagarajan A, Scurlock AM, Perry TT, Jones SM, Burks AW J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 2009 Dec 124 6 1351-2
Food allergy and asthma.
Bird JA, Burks AW Prim Care Respir J 2009 Dec 18 4 258-65

Honors & Awards

  • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Moms Magazine
  • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Moms Magazine
  • Best Pediatric Specialists, D Family Magazine
  • NIH Pediatric Loan Repayment Program Award
  • Dedman Family Scholar
    Named Dedman Family Scholar in Clinical Care (2009)
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Howard Gittis Memorial Award

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (2008)
  • American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
  • American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (2006)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics (2003)