Alessandro Fiocchi, MD, is the Director of Allergy at the Pediatric Hospital Bambino Gesù in Rome, Vatican City. Formerly director of Paediatrics at the Melloni University Hospital in Milan, Italy, Dr Fiocchi is an expert in the field of food allergy. After post-graduate degrees and professional qualification in pediatrics, allergology, pulmonology, and neonatology, he dedicated his research and clinical work to the care of children with asthma and allergic disease. Currently, he leads a research group focusing on food allergy, asthma, and specific immunotherapy. This group is based in the Bambino Gesù Pediatric Hospital (OPBG), a health care and research institution specialized in paediatric and developing ages. As the largest Pediatric Hospital in Italy, OPBG guarantees total coverage for all health care needs, including allergy.
Since 2001, Dr Fiocchi has organized international meetings in Milan, Italy, and in other countries. He has founded and presides over the Italian Research Foundation for Allergy and Asthma in Childhood – Allegria ONLUS, a charity dedicated to clinical and research studies.
Dr Fiocchi has been and is member of several editorial boards:
• 2008 Section Editor, Anaphylaxis, Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
• 2009-2014 Section Editor, Food Allergy, Current Opinion in Allergy and Clinical Immunology
• 2007-2010 Editorial Board, Allergy
• 2010-2014 Editorial Board, Pediatric Allergy and Immunology
• 2004-2014 Editorial Board, Annals of Allergy Asthma and Immunology
• 2004-2014 Editorial Board, Allergy Asthma Proceedings
As Chairperson of the Adverse Reactions to Foods Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, Dr Fiocchi co-chaired with Dr Sami Bahna and Dr Amal Assa’ad several International Food Allergy Symposiums – the last in Anaheim in November 2012. Dr Fiocchi also co-chaired with Dr Hugh Sampson the WAO Food Allergy Symposium in Bangkok in 2007 and in Buenos Aires in 2009. Starting in January 2008, Dr Fiocchi has been Chairperson of the Special Committee on Food Allergy of the World Allergy Organization (WAO). Under his chairmanship, WAO published the “World Allergy Organization (WAO) Diagnosis and Rationale for Action against Cow’s Milk Allergy (DRACMA) Guidelines” in 2010 and “Clinical Use of Probiotics in Pediatric Allergy (CUPPA): A World Allergy Organization Position Paper”. His publications cover the fields of food allergy diagnosis, follow-up, epidemiology, specific immunotherapy, and childhood asthma.