Professional background

Dr Joanna Lukawska is a consultant in adult allergy medicine at University College Hospital London. She is also involved in clinical research at King's College London and University College London.

In 2000, she graduated from St Bartholomew’s and the Royal London School of Medicine. She then undertook general medical training at St Bart’s and the Royal London Hospital leading to MRCP in 2004.

Joanna joined the allergy training programme at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust in 2005, where she trained under Professor Chris Corrigan, Professor Tak Lee and Dr. Pierre Dugue.

Her clinical work encompasses all aspects of contemporary allergy practice and includes: drug allergy with particular focus on drug desensitisation, eosinophilic disorders, food allergy and immunotherapy. She is involved in promoting compassionate care, hospital safety and medical education.

Research interests

Her research interests include diagnosis and treatment of drug allergy as well as cell tracking and its potential applications to asthma, allergy, oncology and transplantation medicine.


Meng J,Thursfield D, Lukawska JJ. Allergy test outcomes in patients self-reported as having penicillin allergy. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2016 Sep;117(3):273-9

Nasr I, Wahshi HAAl, Wahshi AAAl, Lukawaska J (2016) Antibiotic Allergy, When to Test, Challenge or Desensitise. J Med Microb Diagn 5:234

Patel TA, Lukawska J, Rowe J, Bailey RL. Treatment of Schistosomiasis in a Patient Allergic to Praziquantel: A Desensitization and Treatment Protocol.Am J Trop Med Hyg. 2016 Nov 2;95(5):1041-1043

Lukawska JJ, Livieratos L, Sawyer BM, et al. Imaging Inflammation in Asthma: Real Time, Differential Tracking of Human Neutrophil and Eosinophil Migration in Allergen Challenged, Atopic Asthmatics in Vivo. EBioMedicine. 2014;1(2-3):173-180.

Lukawska JJ, Livieratos L, Sawyer B, Lee T et al Real time differentia tracking of human neutrophil and eosinophil migration in vivo. JACI 2014 133 (1): 233-239.

Nasr I, Chua I, Alam S, Rotiroti G, Blanca M, Lukawska J. Penicillin allergy diagnosis and desensitization. Br J Hosp Med (Lond). 2014 July; 75Suppl 7:C98-C102

MR Caballero, J Lukawska, P Dugue. A hidden cause of perioperative anaphylaxis. J Invest Allergol Clin Immunol. 2010.20 (4):353-4

Chong Y Y, Caballero M R, Lukawska J, Dugué P. Anaphylaxis during general anaesthesia: one year survey from a British allergy clinic. Singapore Med J. 2008. 49(6): 483 -487.

J Lukawska, MR Caballero, S Tsabouri, P Dugue Hypersensitivity to local anaesthetics -6 facts and 7 myths. Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology.Aug 2009; Vol 22, No3, 117-120

MR Caballero, J Lukawska, P Dugue. Allergy to vitamin B12: 2 cases of successful desensitization with cyanocobalamin. Allergy. 2007. 62(11):1341-2.

J Lukawska, C Cottrill, M Bower.The changing role of radiotherapy in AIDS-related malignancies. Clinical Oncology 2003;15:2 –6.