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Why see a board certified physician

If you would not go to a dog groomer for legal advice or to a mechanic to manage your money, why would risk seeing anyone but an allergist to treat your allergies and asthma?

After all, it takes at least nine years of training after a physician receives a bachelor’s degree to become an allergist/immunologist (that's two additional years of specialized fellowship training). After completing medical school and graduating with a medical degree, a physician seeking to specialize in allergy/immunology must next complete three or four years of residency training either in internal medicine or pediatrics or med-peds (which is a combination of both). Once the primary specialty training is complete, the allergy/immunology candidate must pass the certification exam of either the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP), the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) or both.


The candidate must complete at least two additional years as a fellow in an accredited allergy-immunology training program. This qualifies the individual to sit for the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI) certification exam. This shows the allergist/immunologist has the knowledge, skills, and experience to provide high-quality care to patients with allergic and immunologic disorders.

Two additional years of specialized fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology is critical for determining what triggers allergic reactions that can cause asthma, food allergies, sinus issues, and even severe allergic reactions.  Board certified allergist/immunologists are the best physicians to diagnose and treat allergies and asthma.

A pulmonologist focuses on treatment of lung diseases and is often in the hospital caring for patients. An ENT physician is specially trained on the surgical treatment of the upper airway.  Chattanooga Allergy Clinic physicians are double board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and are all participating in the rigorous Maintenance of Certification program required by this board. This ensures we provide the most up to date, state of the art care for our patients.