When the late Dr. Daniel Stechschulte Sr. founded Internal Medicine's Division of Allergy, Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology in 1973, as an Allergist as well as a Rheumatologist later on, he established the two medical specialty practices under one roof. More recently, while the clinical practice and training programs for Allergy &Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology have remained separate, they continue to share a common foundation - the science of immunology.
Currently, the division is comprised of the Section of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and the Section of Rheumatology. The Division Director, Dr. Mehrdad Maz, also directs the Rheumatology fellowship program, while Dr. Selina Gierer Directs the training of Allergy &Clinical Immunology fellows. The Division has grown both in clinical practice and in fellowship training since Dr. Maz joined in 2011, who among other things, envisioned developing and expanding subspecialty clinics such as rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, scleroderma, spondyloarthropathy, lupus, and immunodeficiency within the division as well as research and scholarly activities. The goal is to further standardize the care of all patients including those with complex diseases that require the expertise of the faculty in a premier academic center; while providing state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment options, in addition to offering opportunities to participate in clinical trials for new and effective treatment protocols. The growth in research arm not only includes that of clinical trials but also investigator-initiated studies and basic science and translational research within the division, and collaborations within the institution, nationally and internationally.