Swineford Conference

The Swineford Allergy Conference is hosted by UVA’s Division of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology, in association with the UVA Carter Center for Immunology Research and the Virginia Allergy Society. The conference is dedicated to educating physicians involved in treating patients with disorders of allergic, pulmonary or immunologic origin, and includes national and international speakers.

The conference is named for the Allergy division’s founding chief, Oscar Swineford, Jr. (1897-1976), who joined the UVA medical faculty in 1928. An internist and specialist in bacterial allergy and immunotherapy, he championed the inclusion of allergy studies in the medical curriculum and trained more than 60 UVA allergy fellows over a 30-year period. A chair in his honor, the Oscar Swineford Jr., Professorship in Allergy, was established in 1976.

The Swineford Allergy Conference is held each April at UVA. Here are the dates for upcoming years:

  • 2020 – April 17 – 18
  • 2021  – April 9 – 10

For more information about the conference, please email the Allergy division or call 434-924-5917. The conference is offered for CME credit; learn more at UVA’s Office of Continuing Medical Education.

Oscar Swineford, Jr., MD (below, center), was the first chief of UVA’s Division of Asthma, Allergy & Immunology

Photo of Dr. Bram Rose, Dr. Oscar Swineford, Jr., and Dr. John L. Guerrant

(l-r) Bram Rose, MD (a renowned allergy researcher) with UVA faculty Oscar Swineford, MD, and John L. Guerrant, MD (1962).

2016 Swineford Conference:


Kenneth Berger, MD, an allergist in Falls Church and a UVA alum, with UVA Allergy chief Thomas A.E. Platts-Mills, MD

(l-r) UVA Allergy faculty and fellows (l-r) Anna Smith (fellow), Timothy Kyin and Monica Lawrence (faculty), and Thamiris Palacios (fellow), with (far right) Emily McGowan, MD of Johns Hopkins’ Allergy division.