Eric Allenspach, MD, PhD

Immunology, Rheumatology

On staff since July 2016

Academic Title: Assistant Professor

Research Center: Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies

"I believe in developing a relationship with my patients and their families so that we can work together to find the best diagnosis and treatment for their disease. As a parent and physician, I am honored to be trusted with caring for each patient along the diagnostic journey and often unique treatments for children with chronic immune disorders."

  • Eric J. Allenspach, MD, PhD, is an attending physician and the medical director of Diagnostics for the Center for Immunity and Immunotherapies and the division of Immunology at Seattle Children's Hospital. He is also an attending physician in the division of Pediatric Rheumatology.

    He is an assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He received his MD and Immunology PhD from University of Pennsylvania School of Medical School in the Medical Scientist Training Program.  He completed his pediatrics internship and residency as well as his pediatric rheumatology fellowship at Seattle Children's.



Board Certification(s)

Pediatric Rheumatology

Medical/Professional School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia


Pediatrics, University of Washington, Seattle


Pediatric Rheumatology, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle

Clinical Interests

Pediatric autoimmune diseases; Primary immune dysregulation and immunodeficiency disorders; Immunogenetics; Diagnostic testing

Research Description

My primary research interests include understanding how children develop autoimmunity and why they are at higher risk of infections compared to other children. My laboratory uses expertise in genetic testing and immunophenotyping to help in diagnosis of patients in a direct translational effort to help children.  We also enroll families in our immune disorders biorepository study to test samples to further our understanding of these immune disorders. For a select group of genetic disorders, we have made animal models to mimic the human disorder with the ultimate goal of understanding the diseases at a mechanistic level and developing translational therapies to treat these disorders.