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Professor Gideon Lack

Consultant in Allergy and Immunology


Professor Gideon Lack is Professor of Paediatric Allergy at King’s College London and member of the MRC-Asthma UK Centre in Allergic Mechanisms of Asthma.

Having completed his medical degree at Lincoln College, Oxford University he then completed senior house office appointments at the John Radcliffe in Oxford. He spent four years training as a paediatrician in New York, and a further four years specialising in Paediatric Allergy & Immunology in Denver, Colorado. After a couple of years in Bristol as a Lecturer in Paediatrics, he became a Consultant in Paediatric Allergy at St Mary’s Hospital in London in 1995. Professor Lack led the Department of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at St Mary’s Hospital, London for 12 years and became Professor of Paediatric Allergy and Immunology at Imperial College London in 2005. He joined King’s College London in 2006 as Professor of Paediatric Allergy and he is currently Head of the Children’s Allergy Service at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

He has established two of the nation’s paediatric allergy centres, and is a cofounder of the Allergy Academy at King’s College London. He is a Director of the Centre of Excellence course for international students. Professor Lack was awarded the William Frankland Excellence in Allergy Award by the British Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology in 2010. He is a Consultant to the Sean Parker Allergy Centre and Stanford University. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and Clinical and Experimental Allergy and is the Secretary to the Food Allergy Section of the World Allergy Organisation.

His research has focused on severe childhood asthma, peanut allergy, and new strategies to prevent and treat food allergies, eczema, asthma, and hay fever in children and adults. His clinical expertise includes allergic asthma, anaphylaxis, and desensitising vaccines to treat hay fever and other allergies. He is the Principle Investigator on the LEAP (Learning Early About Peanut allergy) and EAT (Enquiring About Tolerance) studies, which are taking place at the Evelina Children’s Hospital.