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Robert D. Pesek, M.D.

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  • Assistant Professor, College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics


  • Allergy and Immunology


  • Allergy/Immunology

Contact Information

  • Email:
    Phone: 501-364-1060
    Address: Arkansas Children's Hospital
    1 Children's Way
    Little Rock, AR 72202


  • M.D., University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, 2000


  • Internship, Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2004-2006
  • Residency, Pediatrics, Arkansas Children's Hospital, 2006-2007
  • Fellowship, Allergy/Immunology, University of South Florida, 2009-2011

Licensure and Board Certification

  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Allergy & Immunology, Allergy & Immunology
  • American Board of Medical Specialties, Pediatrics, Pediatrics

Recent Honors

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2007
  • Debra H Fiser Award for Excellence in Critical Care, Arkansas Children's Hospital , 2007
  • ACAAI Travel Grant, 2009
  • Florida Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society Travel Grant, 2010
  • Chief Fellow, Allergy/Immunology, 2010
  • AAAAI Travel Grant, 2011
  • Department of Pediatrics Educator of the Year, UAMS, 2014
  • Training Grant, Consortium of Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Researchers(CEGIR), 2015
  • Friend of Nursing Nominee, ACH, 2015
  • Red Sash, UAMS College of Medicine, 2016

Recent Publications

  • Journal Article, Jones SM,Agbotounou WK,Fleischer DM,Burks AW,Pesek RD,Harris MW,Martin L,Thebault C,Ruban C,Benhamou PH Safety of epicutaneous immunotherapy for the treatment of peanut allergy: A phase 1 study using the Viaskin patch. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2016 Apr 137 (4): 1258-1261.e10.
  • Journal Article, Pesek RD,Jones SM Current and Emerging Therapies for IgE-Mediated Food Allergy. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep 2016 Apr 16 (4): 28.
  • Journal Article, Wagner KD,Bell MC,Pesek RD,Kennedy JL Fifty-six-year-old man with anaphylaxis: A novel delayed food hypersensitivity reaction. J Ark Med Soc 2015 Nov 112 (7): 110-2.
  • Journal Article, Song Y,Wang J,Leung N,Wang LX,Lisann L,Sicherer SH,Scurlock AM,Pesek R,Perry TT,Jones SM,Li XM Correlations between basophil activation, allergen-specific IgE with outcome and severity of oral food challenges. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol 2015 Apr 114 (4): 319-26.
  • Journal Article, Pesek RD,Jones SM Anaphylaxis in food allergy. Chem Immunol Allergy 2015 101 191-8.
  • Journal Article, Pesek R,Fox R Successful treatment of Schnitzler syndrome with canakinumab. Cutis 2014 Sep 94 (3): E11-2.
  • Journal Article, Pesek RD,Lockey RF Treatment of Hymenoptera venom allergy: an update. Curr Opin Allergy Clin Immunol 2014 Aug 14 (4): 340-6.
  • Journal Article, Kottyan LC,Davis BP,Sherrill JD,Liu K,Rochman M,Kaufman K,Weirauch MT,Vaughn S,Lazaro S,Rupert AM,Kohram M,Stucke EM,Kemme KA,Magnusen A,He H,Dexheimer P,Chehade M,Wood RA,Pesek RD,Vickery BP,Fleischer DM,Lindbad R,Sampson HA,Mukkada VA,Putnam PE,Abonia JP,Martin LJ,Harley JB,Rothenberg ME Genome-wide association analysis of eosinophilic esophagitis provides insight into the tissue specificity of this allergic disease. Nat Genet 2014 Aug 46 (8): 895-900.
  • Journal Article, Vickery BP,Scurlock AM,Kulis M,Steele PH,Kamilaris J,Berglund JP,Burk C,Hiegel A,Carlisle S,Christie L,Perry TT,Pesek RD,Sheikh S,Virkud Y,Smith PB,Shamji MH,Durham SR,Jones SM,Burks AW Sustained unresponsiveness to peanut in subjects who have completed peanut oral immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2014 Feb 133 (2): 468-75.
  • Journal Article, Pesek RD., Jones SM. Immunomodulatory Effect of Active Treatment Options in Food Allergy. Curr Treat Options All 2014 1(2):133-44.

Recent Grant Awards

  • A Prospective, double blind randomized controlled trial to evaluate the immunological benefits and clinical effects of an elimination diet using an amino acid based formula (AAF) with an added pre-probiotic blend in infants with Cow's milk Allergy (CMA), Danone Research, BM/20130611/NEO.1.C.E.25, 2013-07-01 00:00:00-2017-06-30 00:00:00

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