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A. Wesley Burks, MD

A. Wesley Burks, MD is the Curnen Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics and Executive Dean at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Dr. Burks graduated from the University of Central Arkansas and then the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He completed a pediatric residency at the Arkansas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Burks subsequently completed a fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University Medical Center.

Dr. Burks’ research interests are in the allergic diseases, particularly adverse reactions to foods. His work has centered on the molecular identification of the allergens in specific foods, a better understanding of the mechanism of adverse food reactions and the development of treatment for food allergy in animal models and in clinical studies. He and his colleagues have several ongoing clinical studies with different types of mucosal and recombinant food proteins for immunotherapy. His laboratory funding comes from many sources, including the National Institutes of Health and private foundations.

Dr. Burks has been published in many distinguished journals and has authored or coauthored numerous articles, chapters and abstracts. He is Past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.