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Allergy and immunology fellowship at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

These specialists will not only provide expert medical care for patients with allergic and Immunologic disorders but also serve as consultants, educators and being critical in interpreting medical research in asthma, allergic and immunologic diseases. 

About our program

This combined internal medicine-pediatrics training program in this specialty has been in existence at Virginia Commonwealth University (formerly Medical College of Virginia) for several decades. It was ACGME accredited prior to March of 1983, and has remained since that time. The program accepts up to 2 residents into the program per year. Those trained from 1983 onward have each passed their ABAI certification exam. 

Program certifications and training opportunities

The VCU allergy/immunology program is fully accredited by the ACGME. 

Overall training is roughly divided into 60 percent direct patient care, 20 percent scholarly activity and research and 20 percent in educational activities. All fellows are adequately trained in system-based practices, professionalism, patient care, advancement of their medical knowledge, interpersonal and communication skills and practice-based learning. 

Educational and professional opportunities 

A number of additional educational and professional opportunities are available to fellows in the training program at VCU. 


Evaluations are performed on a semi-annual basis by the program director, with input from supervising faculty. 

How to apply 

Applications should be submitted via the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)The Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and participates in the National Residency Match Program (NRMP).

Contact the allergy/immunology fellowship team

Fellowship Program Director  Wei Zhao, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI Professor and Chief 
Division of Allergy and Immunology 
Vice Chair for Clinical Operation 
Department of Pediatrics 
Virginia Commonwealth University 
Box 980225 
Richmond, VA 23298 
Fax: (804) 628-5856 
Fellowship Coordinator Cesley Watkins Virginia Commonwealth University
Box 980509 
Richmond, Virginia 23298-0509  
Fax: (804) 828-4926 


Access general fellowship program information such as contract and benefits, policies, housing opportunities, salary scale and required information on our Graduate Medical Education website

View university policy on the selection and recruitment of residents and fellows.

Other links of interest 

Current fellows

Andrew Van Hersh, DO
Andrew Van Hersh, DO1st year
Med school: William Carey University College of Osteopathic Medicine
Residency: University of Louisville School of Medicine - Pediatrics
Justin Hsueh, MD
Justin Hsueh, MD2nd year
Med school: Meharry Medical College School of Medicine
Residency: University of Maryland - Internal Medicine and Pediatrics

Meet the team

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Santhosh Kumar, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI
Santhosh Kumar MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI Eosinophilic Esophagitis Clinic
Allergy and immunology
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Donna W Mitchell, RN, MS, CPNP
Donna Mitchell RN, MS, CPNP Allergy and immunology Read more
Wei Zhao MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FACAAI Allergy and immunology Read more

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