Dr. Elana Lavine, MD FRCPC (Pediatrics), FRCPC (Clinical Immunology and Allergy)

Allergist

Dr. Elana Lavine completed her medical degree at the University of Toronto, followed by a Pediatric residency and Pediatric Clinical Immunology and Allergy Fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. She has been practicing pediatric allergy, asthma and clinical immunology since completing her training, and has built a practice with a focus on food allergy, anaphylaxis, asthma, and environmental allergies, working with families to approach these challenges in an evidence-based and empowered manner. She initiated the Pediatric Allergy clinic at Humber River Hospital, and also provided consultative care in Pediatric Asthma clinic, and in these settings supervises medical students, residents, and subspecialty Fellows. She has published peer-reviewed publications in a wide variety of medical journals, exploring issues such as potential over-diagnosis of peanut allergy in younger siblings of allergic children, misuse of unscientific “food sensitivity” testing, and the emergence of new, less common food allergies such as sunflower seed. She particularly enjoys helping families broaden their children’s diets to include all foods that can be safely tolerated, and debunking the many myths that surround food allergy and anaphylaxis. Most recently she has co-implemented a Penicillin Allergy Testing clinic for children at Humber River Hospital, where children are tested and reintroduced to penicillin antibiotics safely in a child-friendly, low-anxiety setting, even for very young toddlers or children/adolescents with developmental disabilities. Dr. Lavine is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Paediatrics at Queen’s University.