Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Dedicated to enhancing knowledge and skill in the care of the allergic patient."


USP Update

Final Standards for Allergen Extract Compounding under USP Chapter 797 The long-awaited new USP Chapter…

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Impact OF 2019 Physician Fee Schedule on Allergy and Sinus Services

Specialty Impact The conversion factor for 2019 will be $36.0391 and remains essentially flat.  The changes…

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Your AAOA at the AMA

I want to urge you to consider membership in the AMA because your membership in…

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Changes in MACRA

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Before the close of 2017, all physicians must take action to avoid the 4 percent cut that will be assessed in 2019 for not participating in the new Quality Payment Program (QPP) authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA).  Read More

CMS Announces Changes in MACRA Implementation Timeline. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced major changes to the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization (MACRA).
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Upcoming Dates

07/31/19: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2019 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2019 Annual Meeting
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12/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/20: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/20: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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06/7/20: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2020 Basic Course


New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today issue trying to assess whether it is worth the cost to get on a plane to participate in the AAOA’s Annual Meeting. We recognize you have lots of CME options, some are even competing with our meeting in New Orleans. Read More


IFAR Impact Factor: 2.454


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Changes in Managing Practices


Working together with AAOA staff, volunteer leadership and members will enable us to have a positive impact on our members’ practices.

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Live and Online CME

2019 AAOA Annual Meeting
September 13-15 | New Orleans, LA
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2019 Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology
December 12-14 | Austin, TX
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2020 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
July 9-11 | Orlando, FL
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History of Allergy Treatment

The history of modern allergy treatment dates back to the early decades of the twentieth century with the demonstration of decreased response to grass pollens following conjunctival challenge done by Noon and Freeman.

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News and Updates

New Orleans: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Much like the Clash song lyrics, many of you will flip through this AAOA Today…

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International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology Top Articles 2018-2019

Read top articles published in the International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology 2018-2019. Most Cited International Consensus…

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CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

re·im·ag·ineverb reinterpret (an event, work of art, etc) imaginatively; rethink Reimagined, Reinvented, Reinvigorated….these are all…

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We Look Forward to Seeing you at the AAOA 2018 Annual Meeting in Philadelphia for a Unique Experience!

Imagine going to a CME event where you ventured into an unground series of tunnels to see Tiffany stained glass or marveled at architectural art deco wonders scattered around downtown or sampled local food and beverages in an intimate setting filled with history, rather than sitting for long hours in uncomfortable chairs in a windowless lecture hall. Imagine attending an educational conference where you tour the local architectural sites or see beautiful works of art displayed in local galleries or stroll through manicured parks and gardens, instead of leaving the meeting disappointed you never had a chance to get out and see the surrounding city where the meeting was being held. Now imagine that while you’re doing these engaging activities, you’re learning expert tips about how to select different allergens to test for and treat, or debating evidence– based recommendations on sublingual immunotherapy dosing, or discussing how to treat venomous stinging insect hypersensitivity [while the culprit insects buzz around your head], as opposed to being frustrated that you’ve heard several excellent talks by renowned experts but can’t remember the details because you’ve spent several solid hours in lectures, and it’s all kind of fuzzy now.

Stop imagining.

If you were fortunate enough to attend the 2017 AAOA Annual Meeting in Chicago, you didn’t need to imagine any of this—you lived these experiences and learned educational concepts in a whole new way.

This past year, the AAOA underwent a strategic planning initiative to reevaluate and redesign a number of aspects of the organization, including its educational programming. It was a chance to celebrate and sunset successfully completed projects, discard or set-aside others, and most importantly, explore new possibilities in membership benefits and educational content, format, and delivery. The new, redesigned Annual meeting is just one shining example of the fruit of those labors. Audience participation technology has been implemented at our course offerings as well, permitting more meaningful and productive interaction between faculty and attendees and allowing course directors to adjust educational content to suit the needs of attendees in real-time. The new website has been launched and the amount of digital content available for our members continues to expand.

No organization can continue to do what has always been done and expect to succeed in the long-term. What our membership needs to succeed economically continually evolves, what our membership desires to learn continually is updated, and what our membership requires help with socio-politically continually changes—so our organization too must change to continue to serve the needs of its membership. This year will be a year that we continue to drive our organization forward into the future. This year will be a year that we continue to increase transparency within our organization, learning from our past experiences. This year will be a year that we continue to implement new and engaging educational forums and membership benefits. This year will be quite a year, indeed—culminating in an independent AAOA Annual Meeting in 2018 in what better place than the birthplace of independence—Philadelphia! If you didn’t have the pleasure to join us in Chicago, I encourage you to think forward and plan on celebrating with us in Philadelphia. I promise you an Annual Meeting unlike any you’ve experienced before!

Christine Franzese, MD
AAOA President

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Christine Franzese, MD

Dr Franzese is a board certified physician serving the AAOA community as the 2017-2018 AAOA President.

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Christine Franzese, MD, otolaryngology, AAOA 2017-2018 President