Dr Tariq El-Shanawany

Dr Tariq El-Shanawany

Consultant Clinical Immunologist


Specialises in

  • Allergy testing
  • Desensitisation allergy service

I'm a Consultant Clinical Immunologist at Cardiff and Vale University Health Board where I provide allergy and immunology clinics for patients across South Wales. I graduated from Cambridge University and Guy’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine, and then undertook general medicine training in London, Worthing and Oxford. I subsequently specialised in Immunology at University Hospital of Wales and am on the GMC Specialist Register.

My research interests include the use of microarray technology to improve the diagnosis of immunodeficiencies and allergies. I have an MSc in medical immunology, and an MD in immunology research. I have a number of publications and have presented at numerous meetings - local, national and international.

In addition to my clinical work I am proud to represent my specialty in a number of roles. These include chairing the Immunology Specialist Advisory Group reporting to the Welsh Government and committee roles for the British Society of Immunology, Association of Clinical Pathologists and British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. I am also a member of the Medical Advisory Panel for the patient group Primary Immunodeficiency UK.

I am pleased to offer a comprehensive service for the diagnosis and management of allergic and immunological conditions at Spire Cardiff Hospital.

Please note: I do not offer a penicillin/drug allergy service.


General Medical Council Number: C4719197

Treatment information

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Special clinical interests: Anaphylaxis; Food allergy/intolerance; Rhinitis (hayfever); Skin prick testing; Desensitisation immunotherapy; Urticaria (hives/nettle rash); Angioedema (swellings); Immunodeficiencies (recurrent infections). Please note: I do not offer a penicillin/drug allergy service.

MA / Cambridge University / 1997
Medical degree

MBBS / Guy's King's and St Thomas' School of Medicine / 2000
Medical degree

Professional memberships

British Society of Immunology

Royal College of Pathologists

Association of Clinical Pathologists

Royal College of Physicians

British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network

European Society for Immunodeficiencies, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Professional leadership

Chair of Specialist Advisory Group for Immunology in Wales
Chair of National Immunology Project for Wales
Clinical Secretary on British Society of Immunology Forum
Immunology representative on Royal College of Pathologists Welsh Council Committee
Vice Chair of Association of Clinical Pathologists Immunology Committee
Primary Immunodeficiency UK Medical Advisory Panel

Media Coverage

I have had an array of media coverage including featuring in The Guardian, Wales Online, providing Q&A's on Mumsnet and being an invited speaker at Cheltenham Science Festival.

Could peanut studies point the way to a cure for other allergies?
March 2015

Q&A about allergies with Sense About Science
June 2015

Our understanding of allergies like hay fever is evolving
June 2013

Can you trust online allergy tests?
June 2015

Wales This Week: My Allergies and Me - March 2019