Moshe Ben-Shoshan

Allergy and Immunology

I love working with children and their families because children will always tell you the truth and always have hope.

Hospital information

Academic appointments

Assistant Professor (Clinical) of Pediatrics and associate member, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health, McGill University

Awards and distinctions

Cited on the rector’s list for academic achievements, 1991; Award for special distinction for service as head of the air-force medical team; 2006: Special Research Fellowship Award: Allergists for Israel; AllerGen National Centers of Excellence annual meeting First place for oral presentation of the study – Is the prevalence of peanut allergy increasing? A five- year follow-up study on the prevalence of peanut allergy in Montreal school children aged 5 to 9 yrs, 2007; The Alan Ross Fellowship award by the Department of Pediatrics, Montreal Children’s Hospital and McGill University Health Centre, 2007; Salary Award: National Training Program in Allergy and Asthma (NTPAA)., 2007; AllerGen National Centers of Excellence: Emerging Clinician-Scientist Research Fellowship Award, 2011



The Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University

Medical Degree

Tel-Aviv University

Fun fact about me

I play the guitar.


Research interests

I study the prevalence and potential determinants of food allergies and anaphylaxis (severe allergic reactions) in children. In addition, I have established a registry aiming to assess triggers and management of different forms of chronic urticaria, or hives. I also conduct research on primary immunodeficiencies, exploring the ability of children’s immune systems to fight infectious disease.

In collaboration with Dr. Ann Clarke at the Montreal General Hospital of the MUHC, I conducted the first nationwide Canadian study to determine the prevalence of severe food allergies. The results indicate disparities between perceived and confirmed food allergy that might contribute to the wide range of published prevalence estimates. In recent years I have led the first Canada-wide anaphylaxis registry exploring the societal burden, triggers, management and natural history of anaphyaxis in Canadians.

Research foci

  • Prevalence of food allergy and anaphylaxis in Canada
  • Management of food allergy and anaphylaxis
  • Management of chronic urticaria
  • Prevalence and characteristics of primary immunodeficiencies
  • Genetics of food allergy


Food allergy, anaphylaxis, immunodeficiency, chronic urticaria

External website

Selected publications

Ben-Shoshan M, La Vieille S, Eisman H, Alizadehfar R, Mill C, Perkins E, Joseph L, Morris J, Clarke A.Anaphylaxis treated in a Canadian pediatric hospital: Incidence, clinical characteristics, triggers, and management. J Allergy Clin Immunol 132(3):739-741, 2013 Sep.

Ben-Shoshan M, Harrington DW, Soller L, Fragapane J, Joseph L, St. Pierre Y, Godefroy SB, Elliott SJ, Clarke AE. Demographic Predictors of Peanut, Tree Nut, Fish, Shellfish, and Sesame Allergy in Canada. J Allergy (Cairo) 2012:858306, 2012. doi: 10.1155/2012/858306. Epub 2011 Dec 1.

Ben-Shoshan M, Clarke A, Raz A. Psychosocial Factors and the Pathogenesis of Chronic Hives: A Survey of Canadian Physicians. J Aller Ther 2012, 3(1), 2012. [Letter.] doi:10.4172/2155-6121.1000113

Ben-Shoshan M, Clarke AE. Anaphylaxis: past, present and future. Allergy 66(1):1-14, 2011 Jan. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.2010.02422.x.

Ben-Shoshan M, Harrington DW, Soller L, Fragapane J, Joseph L, St. Pierre Y, Godefroy SB, Elliot SJ, Clarke AE. A population-based study on peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish, and sesame allergy prevalence in Canada. J Allergy Clin Immunol 125(6), 1327-35, 2010 May 6. [Epub ahead of print.]