The late Samuel C. Bukantz, MD, founded the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, in 1972. Richard F. Lockey MD succeeded Dr. Bukantz in 1983 and is the current Director of the Division. Mrs. Joy McCann Culverhouse endowed the Division in 1997 and The Joy McCann Culverhouse Airway Disease Research Center was dedicated in February 1998. In 1998, Mabel and Ellsworth Simmons endowed the Division with a grant for education and research.
There are 12 core and 7 joint (with the Pediatric Allergy and Immunology Division) faculty members in the Division, and currently 5 fellows-in-training are supported by the Division.
The goals of the Division are:
- to provide outstanding care to patients with allergic and immunologic diseases at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, Tampa General Hospital, James A. Haley V.A. Medical Center, All Children’s Hospital, and H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
- to train students, residents, and fellows in the specialty of allergy and immunology
- to conduct basic and clinical research in allergy, asthma, and immunology
- to be recognized both nationally and internationally for excellence in medicine and the specialty of allergy and immunology
In December, 2016, the Division was awarded the distinct honor of being selected as a World Allergy Organization (WAO) Center of Excellence for the 2016-2019 term. The Division is one of eight Centers of Excellence throughout the world. The purpose of WAO Centers of Excellence is to intensify and accelerate multi-disciplinary scientific and clinical innovation, education, and advocacy worldwide providing excellence in education, research, and training to various stakeholders in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology.
Richard F. Lockey, MD, FACP, FAAAAI
University Distinguished Health Professor
Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics & Public Health
Director, Division of Allergy and Immunology
Joy McCann Culverhouse Chair of Allergy/Immunology
Department of Internal Medicine
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine