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


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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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AAOA Annual Meeting 2019

Annual Meeting Schedule

Hilton Riverside NOLA

Friday, September 13th, 2019

6:45am-9:00am: Fellow Exam

9:00am-10:00am: Exhibit Opening & OTO Shop w/ Practice Resource Toolkit

10:00am-10:10am: Annual Meeting Kick Off – Matthew Ryan, MD

10:10am-11:00am: AAOA-ARS Joint Session – What is “Appropriate” in CRS Diagnosis and Treatment – Sarah Wise, MD (moderator)

11:05am-12:00pm: 3rd Annual BJ Ferguson Memorial Keynote Lecture – Updates in Food Allergy Management and Investigational Efforts Promising New Therapeutics – Drew Bird, MD

12:00pm-1:00pm: Non-AAOA Satellite Program

1:00pm-1:30pm: Exhibit Break & OTO Shop w/ Laryngology & AAOHNS Initiatives

1:30pm-2:30pm: SLIT from a Practical Perspective – William Reisacher, MD (moderator)

2:30pm-3:15pm: One-On-One with Jack Krouse, MD, PhD, MBA – Guest Interviewee Tim Smith, MD

3:15pm-3:45pm: Exhibit Break & OTO Shop w/ Biologics

3:45pm-4:45pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Practical Approaches to Food Allergy Diagnosis – Drew Bird, MD
  • Smell: The Forgotten Sense – Jennifer Villwock, MD
  • Intranasal Findings in Allergy: It’s Not What they Taught You in Residency – Edward McCoul, MD (moderator)
  • Marketing: How to Leverage the Latest Trends – Shantel Johnson

3:45pm-5:45pm: Optional Paid Workshop – USP 797 Compliance Training and Media Fill Test – Doug Dawson, MD, Ayesha Khalid, MD, Wes VanderArk, MD

4:45pm-5:45pm: Refresh with Exhibitors

5:15pm-6:15pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • The Future of Food Allergy – Glen Porter, MD
  • Allergy Emergencies – Mohamad Chaaban, MD, Farrah Siddiqui, MD
  • Office Based Sinus Procedures – John DelGaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • SoMe Social Media – Jennifer Villwock. MD

6:15pm-7:30pm: Annual Business Meeting and Taste of New Orleans Reception with Exhibitors

Saturday, September 14th, 2019

6:15am-6:45am: Healthy Start: Jazz by Jogging Shoe

6:30am-7:30am: Non-AAOA Satellite Program

7:30am-8:00am: Coffee with Exhibitors

8:00am-9:00am: Clinical Keynote: AAOA Biologics and Precision Medicine Roundtable – Matthew Ryan, MD

9:05am-10:05am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Biologics Practicalities Workshop: Case Based Discussion – Cecelia Damask, DO (moderator)
  • Boosting Your Bottom Line – Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA
  • Technology and Medicine: The Legal Side – Daniel F. Shay, Esq (moderator)
  • Building the Right Office Culture – Amy Boyer, MBA
  • ReCAP: Hour 1 – The Principles of Allergic Disease – Christopher Brook, MD, Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderators)

10:05am-10:35am: Exhibit Break & OTO Shop w/ Implementing Tonsillectomy Guidelines

10:35am-11:35am: Concurrent Sessions

  • AERD: Current Therapeutic Approaches – Joshua Levy, MD, Anju Peters, MD, MSCI
  • You Cannot Manage What You Do Not Measure: Using Reports and Data to Manage Your Allergy Service Line and Practice Flow – Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA
  • Practice Transitions: Employment and Payer Contracts; What You Need to Know/Ask Before Signing – Daniel F. Shay, Esq
  • Migraine, Allergy and the Sinus Headache Patient: Practical Approach to Management – Mark Mehle, MD
  • ReCAP: Hour 2 – Advanced Allergy Topics – Christopher Brook, MD, Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderators)

11:40am-11:55am: Exhibit Break & OTO Shop w/ Early Peanut Introduction

12:00pm-1:00pm: Non-AAOA Satellite Program

1:00pm-1:30pm: Refresh with Exhibitors

1:30pm-2:30pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Antigen Selection Jeopardy – Cindy Lee Neighbors, MD
  • Practical Troubleshooting – J. Whit Mims, MD (moderator)
  • Business Management – How to Stay in Private Practice (If You Want To) – Amy Boyer, MBA
  • Stop Denials in their Tracks and Plug Revenue Leaks – Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA
  • ReCAP: Hour 3 – Allergy Testing and Immunology – Christopher Brook, MD, Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderators)

2:35pm-3:35pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • My First Case that Had Me Stumped – Monica Patadia, MD (moderator)
  • Efficiency: Not the Unattainable Holy Grail – Cheyenne Brinson, CPA, MBA
  • Expanding Scope of Practice: How to Expand Service Lines to Drive Patient Satisfaction – Dole Baker, MD (moderator)
  • Understanding Your Patient Compliance and Ways to Improve Compliance: Focus on Immunotherapy – Gavin Setzen, MD (moderator)
  • ReCAP: Hour 4 – Immunotherapy and Vial Preparation – Christopher Brook, MD, Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderators)

3:40pm-4:40pm: Concurrent Sessions

  • Component Testing – Michael Benninger, MD
  • Understanding Stark and the Many Ways It Impacts Your Practice – Daniel F. Shay, Esq
  • Efficiency Panel – Douglas Dawson, MD (moderator)
  • Navigating Practice Models and Changing Markets: Lesons Learned in Different Practices and Why I Changed Practices – Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD (moderator)
  • ReCAP: Hour 5 – Anaphylaxis and Immunotherapy Practicum – Christopher Brook, MD, Jennifer Villwock, MD (moderators)

4:45pm-5:15pm: Exhibit Break and Gather for Content Meets Culture Tours 

5:15pm-6:45pm: Big Easy Walking Tours: Content Meets Culture – Conversations with Experts (concurrent sessions)

  • Allergy Emergencies/Warehouse District – Little Known Gems in an Area Transformed – Christopher Brook, MD, Michael Platt, MD
  • Antigen Selection/Architecture – Eyes Wide open to Influences that Shaped the Big Easy – Doug Dawson, MD, Bruce Gordon, MD
  • Chronic Cough/Central Business District – Institutional Gems from the Sacred to Secular – Melissa Hertler, MD, Monica Patadia, MD
  • EpiPens/Restaurants – Lore of Cuisine & Families – Mohaman Chaaban, MD, Farrah Siddiqui, MD
  • Food Allergy/Museums – Renaissance to Contemporary Art, Culture & History – Christine B. Franzese, MD, Glen Porter, MD, William Reisacher, MD, Maria Veling, MD
  • Migraine/Architecture – Eyes Wide open to Influences that Shaped the Big Easy – Mark Mehle, MD
  • Sinusitis/Old Algiers – A Different View of NOLA – Charles Ebert, MD, Kenneth Rodriguez, MD
  • SLIT/French Quarter – Melded Cultures & Histories – Bryan Leatherman, MD, Sandra Lin, MD, Kristin Seiberling, MD, Wesley VanderArk, MD
  • Nasal Polyps/Restaurants – Lore of Cuisine & Families – John DelGaudio, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • Pearls from Practice/ New Orleans Native Perspective – Paul Fass, MD, Jack Fornadley, MD, Jacques Peltier, MD

7:00pm-8:30pm: Lagniappe at the Chicory

Sunday, September 15th, 2019

6:15am-7:15am: Healthy Start: Jazz by Jogging Shoe

7:00am-8:15am: AAOA Foundation Research Forum Breakfast – Charles Ebert, MD, Kenneth Rodriguez, MD (moderators)

8:20am-9:20am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Adding allergy to Your Practice: What I Learned in Setting Up My Allergy Practice – Michelle Liu, MD
  • Coding Strategies – How to Avoid Billing Blunders and Keep Your Money – Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC
  • Negotiation is Value Specific – Kieth Sale, MD, Daniel F. Shay, Esq, Jennifer Villwock, MD
  • Your Rhinitis Patient Who Read the Textbook – Haidy Marzouk, MD

8:30am-11:30am: Optional Paid Workshop – Crucial Conversations – Zoltan Hrotko

9:25am-10:25am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Optimizing Patient Experience Through Practice Efficiency – Kieth Sale, MD
  • Scary Cases – Michael Platt, MD (moderator)
  • Coding Hot Topics – Teresa Thompson, BS, CPC, CMSCS, CCC
  • Unified Airway Workshop – Cecelia Damask, DO, Paul Fass, MD, Michael Parker, MD

10:30am-11:30am: Concurrent Sessions

  • Biologics and Office Practicalities Workshop – Cecelia Damask, DO (moderator)
  • Sleep and OSA: Where Does Allergy Play? – Douglas Dawson, MD, Andrea Lewis, MD, Alpen Patel, MD, Matthew Patterson, MD
  • Evidence-Based Immunotherapy – Hunter hoover, MD

A printable file of the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting Schedule is available for download here. The final meeting agenda will be available on site. If you have any questions, please contact meetings@aaoallergy.org.

Learn More about the Annual Meeting Faculty and Speakers.

The online syllabus will be available by September 9. All registrants will be provided with access instructions by e-mail when the syllabus is released.

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AAOA Members

As an association we are always looking for more and better ways to help our Members get and stay engaged, and to expand and enrich their network of peers.  To that end, for 2019, we are continuing the Member benefit for all renewing AAOA Members and Member Candidates: FREE Registration for the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA!

Registration Price List

Fellow MemberFREE
Associate MemberFREE
International MemberFREE
Resident/Fellow-In-Training MemberFREE
All Member CandidatesFREE
Non-Member $795.00
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*A Member Candidate must have completed the membership application before the Application Deadline (45 days prior to the annual business meeting, approximately July 31st). Learn More

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds for paid registrations (less a 50% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to August 13, 2019.

Cancellations received after August 13, 2019 are non-refundable. 

If you have a disability or require assistance during the course, contact the AAOA at 202-955-5010 or meetings@aaoallergy.org.

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