Dr Michael Tarzi

MA (Cantab) MD MRCP FRCPath

Consultant Immunologist

Sub Specialty


Clinical interests

  • Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Management of allergic and related disorders
  • Desensitisation treatment for severe rhinitis

Current memberships

  • Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists

  • British Society for Allergy and Clinical Immunology

Professional Profile

I specialise in the diagnosis and management of allergic conditions and related disorders. I have particular expertise in the following areas: the medical management of allergic rhinitis and 'desensitisation' treatments for allergens such as pollen, dust mite and animal danders; insect venom allergy; urticaria and angioedema; anaphylaxis; food allergy.

My immunology expertise also includes immunodeficiency disorders, and although this field is no longer my main focus I can provide a general opinion in most settings.

I've been involved in allergy services and research since 2001, when I joined the Allergy Department at the National Heart and Lung Institute as a junior doctor and clinical research fellow. Specialty training in Clinical Immunology followed from 2003, based at The Royal London Hospital and The Royal Free Hospital. I moved to Brighton in 2008, taking up a new role as Senior Lecturer & Consultant Immunologist. Professor Frew and I forged a productive partnership to grow and develop the fairly new Allergy Clinic at The Royal Sussex County Hospital. In 2012 the service was recognised as the regional provider for Sussex, and I took over leadership in 2019.

My caseload extends to several thousand appointments per year. Around 600 patients have completed desensitisation programmes under my supervision

I hold a number of leadership positions at University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, primarily based on The Royal Sussex County site: Clinical Lead for Allergy Services; Clinical Lead for Diagnostic Immunology; Clinical Lead for Blood Sciences. I hold a Senior Lecturer position at Brighton & Sussex Medical School, and lead the year 2 immunology education theme.

Personal Profile

In my spare time, I try to keep fit and spend time with friends and family.

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