The Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology
Non-profit organization for professional and research development for medical practitioners of the state of Illinois


For the advancement of knowledge and professional practice of allergy and immunology

Advocating for allergists and immunologists, and supporting students, physicians, and the public

The Illinois Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology is a non-profit professional association consisting of allergists and immunologists. We are committed to the educational development of our members for the benefit of the patients in their care. To this end, we improve our knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology through publications, meetings and conferences relaying advancements in our field. We encourage cooperation and collaboration among those engaged in the field of allergy and immunology affording opportunities to develop professional relationships that will serve as a valuable network of resources within our membership.

Dr. Leena V. Padhye, ISAAI Fellow Research Program 2019 Presenter Winner

Dr. Leena V. Padhye, ISAAI Fellow Research Program 2019 Presenter Winner



Congratulations to ISAAI Fellow Research Program 2019 winner: Dr. Leena V. Padhye

Leena V. Padhye, MD
Second Year Fellow Allergy & Immunology
Medical School: Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
Residency: University of Chicago

SAVE THE DATE: Annual Social in Chicago on April 27th, 2019

ISAAI members and fellows are cordially invited to the Annual Social in Chicago. Please RSVP via the email invitation.

Fellow Research Program Agenda and Presentations

Please find the meeting agenda for the ISAAI Quarterly Meeting & Fellow Research Program here. For event details please visit the event page. The presentations are also available for download in the Members Section under Member Resources. Please reach out to Kelly or stay tuned at the meeting for the passcode to access Member Resources.

Presentations from Journal Club Meeting available for download

The Member Resources section is now active. Presentations from Journal Club Meeting on 01/27/2019 are available for download in PDF format. Please stay tuned for the password in your inbox in order to access the page!

Member Spotlight: Dr. Erin Kellner, M.D.

Please join us to congratulate Dr. Kellner as we nominated her for our Member Spotlight in April 2018…. Continue Reading

Dr. Dareen Siri, MD Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma SC

Dr. Dareen Siri, MD Midwest Allergy Sinus Asthma SC


Letter from 2017-2018 ISAAI President

October 2018

These are exciting times for Allergists and Immunologists (A/I). Our specialty continues to evolve as A/I doctors become super-specialists in this era of precision medicine. I have affectionately dubbed A/I as doctors who treat "sneezes, wheezes and weird diseases." (It's no surprise that I run a clinical research company named Sneeze, Wheeze, and Itch). Some of my colleagues have bemoaned an identity crisis in our specialty, given that we A/I physicians who treat defects of the immune system do not have ownership of a discrete organ in the human body and could be marginalized in the practice of medicine. I counter that concern with the statement that A/I doctors are challenged to do what we do best, and that is to treat the whole person. We look at the bigger picture, evaluating both the patient and her/his environment. We are advocates, persistently counseling, making action plans, and coming up with solutions for our patients. We are detectives, searching for the underlying problem, not just blindly treating symptoms.

Since we treat not just a single organ, but are trained and capable of treating an entire system--the immune system, the A/I physician can treat an extensive range of diseases. We are trained and capable of treating the breadth of immune problems, from deficiencies (Primary Immunodeficiency), to deviations in function (Allergic Disease, Asthma, and Hypersensitivity), to unchecked overactivity (Autoimmune and Autoinflammatory Disease), to a muddled combination (Hereditary Angioedema). As straightforward treatments for seasonal and allergic rhinitis are now easily acquired over-the-counter, A/I physicians are looked to by patients and the public… Continue Reading




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