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.
Letter from 2017-2018 ISAAI President
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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