Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Clinical Immunology

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Failure of the immune system, or 'immunodeficiency', leads to recurrent or persistent infections, while an over-zealous immune system leads to autoimmune disease (so-called 'friendly fire') or allergy.

The Clinical Immunology Department provides a wide-ranging service for patients with immune deficiency, allergy and autoimmune disease as part of the Nuffield Department of Medicine's specialist clinic.

Many of our patients cannot produce their own protective antibodies. Such patients are treated with regular infusions of antibodies, or 'immunoglobulins', and have the option of treating themselves at home following appropriate training.


  • Dr Rashmi Jain MBBS, MD, MRCP, FRCPath Immunology, Dip Clinical Education
    Consultant Immunologist
    Specialty: Clinical Immunology and Allergy

    Main clinical and research interests

    Immune deficiency - primary and secondary
    C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency - Hereditary and Acquired angioedema
    Allergy - food, drug, venom and pollen allergy, urticaria and angioedema

    Principal hospitals

    John Radcliffe Hospital - for Immune deficiency, C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency, drug allergy, venom allergy and immunotherapy, drug and food challenge
    Churchill Hospital - for Allergy

    Member of BSACI - British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
    Member of UK-PIN - United Kingdom - Primary Immunodeficiency Network
    Member of ESID - European Society for Immune Deficiency

    Tel: 01865 743164 (Secretary)

  • Dr Siraj Misbah
    Principal hospital: John Radcliffe
    Specialty: Clinical Immunology
    Special interests: autoimmune diseases including vasculitis, drug allergy
    Tel: 01865 743165
  • Dr Jennifer Lortan
    Principal hospital: John Radcliffe
    Specialty: Clinical Immunology
    Tel: 01865 743166
  • Dr Smita Patel
    Principal hospital: John Radcliffe
    Specialty: Clinical Immunology
    Tel: 01865 743165

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Find us and contact us

We are based at the John Radcliffe Hospital.

  • Tel: 01865 743164

This page was updated June 2011 (for revision June 2012).

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