Consultant Profile

Dr Andrew  Clark

Name:
Dr Andrew  Clark MB BS MRCPCH MD
Practising at:
Spire Cambridge Lea Hospital
Specialties:
  • Allergy
    • Allergy
Special clinical interests:

Paediatric Allergy

Anaphylaxis

Food allergy peanut, egg and milk allergy
Idiopathic urticaria and angioedema

Allergic rhinitis

Asthma

Eczema

Ruling allergy in or out

Research interests:

Food allergy, particularly the mechanisms of resolution.
Running a clinical trial of oral immunotherapy for peanut allergy.

Current NHS and /or university posts:

Head of Paediatric Allergy Services, Addenbrookes Hospital
Associate lecturer, Department of Medicine, University of Cambridge
Consultant in Paediatric Allergy, Addenbrookes Hospital

 

Year of first medical qualification:
1992
Current membership(s) of professional, national and regional bodies:

Chair of Standards of Care Committee and Council member of the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. 


Secretary of Taskforce on the Allergic Child at School for the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

 
Contact Details 
Telephone number to make a private appointment:
01223 266990
Availability:
Tuesday evenings 6pm-9pm
 
Background Information 
Professional profile:

I offer out-patient consultations and allergy testing for all children from infants to teenagers. Many referred patients will have a history of suspected food allergy, e.g. cow’s milk, egg, wheat or peanut/nut allergy. I offer a diagnostic service, identifying the allergens to avoid and often ruling out others, together with development of an individualised management plan for each child. Families receive detailed advice on allergen avoidance. I also recommend emergency medication, together with an emergency treatment plan and practical training for the family on how to use e.g. injectable medication. Referrals are also welcome for children who have had allergy for some time and may have grown out of it, as is often the case for egg and milk allergy, and occasionally peanut/nut allergy.

I would also be pleased to receive referrals of children with allergic rhinoconjunctivitis (hayfever), drug allergy, idiopathic urticaria and angioedema, or idiopathic anaphylaxis. Children with troublesome eczema and asthma may also benefit from an allergy opinion.

I have been a consultant in paediatric allergy at Addenbrooke’s Hospital since 2003, having obtained my MD Thesis in Allergy in the same year. I now run the paediatric allergy service at Addenbrooke's and this work is complemented by a broad UK Government-funded research portfolio. A recent exciting area of research is development of an interventional treatment for peanut allergy (read more here: http://www.eme.ac.uk/news_and_events/030309%20news%20item.asp). I am currently completing a £1M trial with 100 children to determine whether this treatment will be safe and effective for future clinical use.
This trial will be published in 2013.

Another current project is leading a £1.2M study in Cambridge and Imperial College to define the reactive threshold for peanut in the population. The intention is to find out how much peanut is ‘safe’ in food, so that labelling can be improved (find out more here: http://www.tracestudy.com/).

In 2010 my name appeared on 'The Times' magazine list of Top UK Doctors, and again in 2012 I was recognized as one of the UK’s 100 best Children’s Specialist Doctors. I have an active role in our national parent allergy organisation (BSACI) as Chair of the Standards of Care Committee (Read more here: http://www.bsaci.org/about/standards-of-care). I recently led writing guideline documents for managing egg allergy. In 2012 I was appointed Chair of this committee and I now coordinate the writing of guidelines on multiple topics, such as peanut, milk and penicillin allergy, and adrenaline auto-injector use. I am also Secretary to the Taskforce on the Allergic Child in School, which produced European Guidelines for school allergy.

I am expert scientific panel advisor to the national patient support group, the Anaphylaxis Campaign (see more here: http://www.anaphylaxis.org.uk/about-us/clinical-and-scientific-panel#c) and was expert advisor to the UK Government Committee on Toxicity when they rewrote the advice regarding peanut ingestion in pregnancy and early life. I lecture frequently to undergraduates, primary and secondary care doctors and nurses and am a regular invited speaker at national and European allergy conferences. 



Families may find my recent 'Q and A' session at 'Mumsnet' of use as it addresses many commonly raised issues click here to read more on the Q&A session. (http://www.mumsnet.com/qanda/dr-andrew-clark).

Personal profile:

When not at work I can be found either with my family or on my bicycle. In 2009 I raised £1,600 for the Anaphylaxis Campaign by riding ‘La Marmotte’, a formidable 180 km mile ride in the French Alps over 4 classic mountain climbs from the Tour De France. In 2010, I was back in the Alps to cycle over more classic climbs from Le Tour: Col D'Izoard, Sestriere, Galibier and Alpe D'Huez (again!); and in 2012 I cycled over Col D’Ornon (featuring in the 2013 Tour de France) and Col de Sarenne (Alpe DHuez in reverse!). Together with my two children, I am training in ‘Tang Soo Do’, A Korean martial arts discipline, which employs kicking, punching, self-defence and breaking techniques.

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Dr Andrew  Clark

Dr Andrew  Clark Allergy Consultant, Cambridge, private hospital specialist.

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