Wesley Burks, MD

Dr. Wesley Burks is a pediatric allergist and immunologist. He is an internationally renowned authority on food allergies and has expertise in other childhood allergic diseases.

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Special Interests

Asthma; allergic rhinitis; atopic dermatitis; and other childhood allergic diseases. Has particular interest in anaphylaxis and food allergy.


Dr. Burks is internationally recognized as a world leader in the field of food hypersensitivity. Three areas of focus within his laboratory are to: (1) understand the mechanism of food allergy; (2) improve the diagnosis of food allergy in children; and (3) develop immune therapy for food allergy. Methodology of the laboratory includes in vitro lymphocyte proliferation, analysis of lymphocyte phenotypes, T cell cloning, specific immunoglobulin production, allergen identification, purification, allergen gene cloning and mutation of allergen genes. Ongoing studies currently include those related to peanut, milk, and egg allergy. Animal models of peanut allergy have been developed in C3H/HeJ mice. Studies with immune therapy in this mouse model are ongoing, with the goal being to develop a vaccine to prevent future peanut allergic reactions in already sensitized mice.


Executive Dean, UNC School of Medicine
Physician-in-Chief, N.C. Children's Hospital
Chair, UNC Department of Pediatrics
Curnen Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics


Clinical: UNC Children's Allergy and Immunology Program

Academic: Division of Allergy, Immunology, and Rheumatology in the Department of Pediatric, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine

Research: UNC Food Allergy Initiative

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