Brant Ward, MD, Allergy & Immunology, Richmond, VA, VCU Medical Center


Allergy & Immunology Richmond, VA

Clinical & Laboratory Immunology

Assistant Professor of Medicine

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  • I am a board-certified Allergist/Immunologist with a clinical focus on primary immunodeficiency diseases and autoinflammatory syndromes. I see patients of all ages, from adults with common variable immunodeficiency to newborns with severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). I am a member of the Virginia Newborn Screening SCID workgroup, and I am coordinating the SCID diagnosis and treatment program at Virginia Commonwealth University. I also have a PhD in immunology, and actively engage in basic science research of the human immune system. In particular, I study the ways in which mast cells influence immune responses by T cells.

Education & Training

  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health SystemFellowship, Allergy and Immunology, 2010 - 2014
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
    Virginia Commonwealth University Health SystemResidency, Internal Medicine, 2008 - 2010
  • University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical SchoolClass of 2008

Certifications & Licensure

  • VA State Medical License
    VA State Medical License 2013 - 2020
  • American Board of Allergy and Immunology Allergy & Immunology

Publications & Presentations


Press Mentions

  • Top Docs 2020
    Top Docs 2020April 28, 2020 09:34

Grant Support

  • Myeloid Derived Immunosuppressant Cells Inhibit Immune Regulation of Mast Cells in Mastocytosis (Co-Investigator)The Mastocytosis Society/Mastokids2013–2014


  • Member, Mast Cell Disorders Committee of the AAAAI 2012 - Present
  • Member, Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases Committee of the AAAAI 2012 - Present
  • Member, SCID Advisory Committee of Virginia Department of Health 2012 - Present
  • Member, New Immunologist/Fellow in Training Committee of the CIS 2012 - 2014

Research History

  • Research FellowI completed research as part of the Physician Scientist Training Program, wherein I explored the ability of mast cells to take up, process, and present antigens to CD4+ T cells. I also helped to evaluate a potential test for a biomarker of basophil activation.2011 - 2014
  • Graduate studentI completed research for my PhD thesis on the cell biology of Langerhans cells. I described a rhythmic motion of cellular processes, termed dSEARCH, that is specifically upregulated in response to local tissue injury and/or the release of inflammatory cytokines like IL-1 and TNF-alpha.2002 - 2006
  • Undergraduate student researchI completed research for my undergraduate Honors thesis exploring the differences in immune cell subsets between Arkansas Regressor and Progressor chickens with active sarcomas. I also participated in 2 summer rotations, exploring the pathogenesis of anti-ribosomal P peptide antibodies in lupus.1998 - 2000

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