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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.

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ADVOCACY UPDATES

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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Fall Advocacy Update: USP 797, E/M Documentation and Payment

Revisions to USP Chapter 797 Open for Comment Since the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) released…

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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

04/01/19: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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06/01/19: Call For Scientific Abstracts Deadline
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06/7/19: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2019 Basic Course

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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Be a Part of the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting!

AAOA is accepting Scientific Abstracts for in-person oral or poster presentation at the 2019 AAOA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, LA - September 13-15, 2019. Submit Scientific Abstract 

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Changes in Managing Practices

Mission

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 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology
June 27-29 | Minneapolis, MN
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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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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

CEO Update – Re·im·ag·ine

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Americans May be Over-diagnosing Themselves with Food Allergies

"Food allergy is a costly, potentially life-threatening health condition that can adversely affect patients’ well-being". A study…

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FDA Approval of First and Only Digital Inhaler with Built-In Sensors

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved ProAir Digihaler (albuterol sulfate) inhalation powder for…

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AAOA Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology 2019

Faculty Bios

Course Directors

Elizabeth Mahoney Davis, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Davis is in private practice as a general otolaryngologist in Newburyport, Massachusetts.  She maintains an appointment as an assistant professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine, where she is active in resident education.  Dr. Davis completed her undergraduate training at the University of Notre Dame and continued her medical education at the University of Nebraska.  She then completed her general surgery internship and otolaryngology residency at the Boston University Medical Center.  She is a fellow of the AAOA and American College of Surgeons, and is currently serving as a Member-at-Large on the AAOA Board of Directors.

Jacques Peltier, MD, FAAOA 

Dr. Peltier is in private practice as an allergist and general otolaryngologist in Hammond, LA.  He is currently a board certified member of the AAO-HNS and a Fellow of the AAOA and American College of Surgeons. He completed his medical training at Louisiana State University Health Center in Shreveport and his residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He has published several papers on the comparison of skin testing techniques in the Journal of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery.

Course Faculty

Christopher Brook, MD

Dr. Brook is a board-certified otolaryngologist who practices in an academic setting at Boston University Medical Center. He is originally from California and went to the University of California Santa Barbara for his undergraduate degree. He completed his medical school education at Albany Medical College in Albany, NY, and his residency in otolaryngology at Boston University. He then completed a fellowship in rhinology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. He is an assistant professor of otolaryngology at Boston University, and his research interests include the relationship of chronic sinusitis and allergic disease, as well as the relationship of allergen sensitivity and laryngitis. Chris lives in the Boston area with his wife and two children.

Cecelia Damask, DO, FAAOA

Dr. Damask is in private practice at Lake Mary Ear, Nose, Throat and Allergy in the greater Orlando, FL area. She received her DO from Midwestern University/Chicago College of Medicine and completed her residency training at Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and has presented at various AAOA courses and meetings since 2009. Dr. Damask currently serves as AAOA Education Coordinator.

John A. (Jack) Fornadley, MD, FAAOA  

Dr. Fornadley is an attending physician, Penn State Otolaryngology, Hershey, PA.  He received his medical degree from Medical School at Penn State College of Medicine at Hershey PA and did his residency in Otolaryngology at Portsmouth Naval Hospital.

In September 1999, Dr. Fornadley entered private practice.  Designations: Associated Otolaryngologists of PA, Harrisburg PA and Fellow, AAOA 1992.  His medical interests include eustachian tube function, ear and sinus surgery and his outside interests are sailing, diving, and cycling.  Quote: “No teaching attending is worthless; they can always be used as a bad example.”

Jami Lucas, Executive Director & CEO, AAOA

Ms. Lucas serves as the Executive Director and CEO of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and its Foundation, a position she has held since 1996. With over 30 years of otolaryngology association management experience, Ms. Lucas has unique industry expertise.  Prior to working with the AAOA, she served in many staff roles at the American Academy of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, from marketing and member communications to intrasociety relations. This experience gave her a better understanding of the scope of otolaryngology, the socioeconomic issues impacting the specialty, and intraspecialty interplay.  Prior to working with otolaryngology, Ms. Lucas worked as a journal and handbook copy editor for the American Physiological Society.

Michael Platt, MD , FAAOA

Michael Platt MD, MSc is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine.  He is a fellowship-trained rhinologist who studies diseases of the upper airways via molecular bioinformatics approaches. He serves as Program Director for the Otolaryngology residency program at Boston University.  Dr. Platt attended the University of Scranton and Jefferson Medical College before pursuing Otolaryngology training at Albany Medical Center and Rhinology Fellowship at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary. While at Boston University, Dr. Platt obtained a Masters Degree in Clinical Bioinformatics.  Dr. Platt lives in Brookline, MA, with his wife Judy who is the Director of Student Health at Boston University and his three children.

Glen Porter, MD , FAAOA

Dr. Porter is currently in private practice at Utah Valley ENT & Allergy located in American Fork, Utah. He received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his residency training at the University of Texas Medical Branch Hospital in 2005. Dr. Porter then moved to Nevada where he spent four years in active duty military service for the US Air Force at Nellis Air Force Base.  He also worked at William Bee Ririe Hospital where he spent several years as the hospital’s sleep laboratory medical director. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and a member of AAO-HNS and AASM.

Matthew Ryan, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Ryan is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, TX. Dr. Ryan’s clinical practice focuses on Rhinology and Allergy.  He currently serves as Chief of Staff of Zale Lipshy University Hospital and as the Fellowship program director for the Rhinology fellowship at UT Southwestern. Dr. Ryan previously served as Otolaryngology residency program director at The University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.  Dr. Ryan has served on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy and now serves as President. He has edited the Rhinology and Allergy sections of the last 2 editions of Bailey’s Head and Neck Surgery-Otolaryngology, as well as editions of the Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America and Medical Clinics of North America. In addition he is Associate Editor for the journal Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.  

Farrah Siddiqui, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas where she is also Associate Program Director of the Otolaryngology residency program.  After graduating from the Aga Khan University Medical College in Pakistan, she completed her residency in Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.  Having practiced Otolaryngic Allergy in both a private practice and academic setting, Dr. Siddiqui strives to teach medical students, residents, physicians, nurses and her patients about the newest diagnostic and treatment options in the field of Allergy with a focus on safety and efficiency.  Dr. Siddiqui currently serves in the AAOA Item Writing Taskforce.

Kevin Wilson, MD, FAAOA

Dr. Wilson completed his medical degree at Washington University in St. Louis and residency at the University of Michigan. He spent the first seven years of his career at the University of Utah where he developed an ENT allergy program and actively participated in resident education. He then joined a small group practice in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he practices general otolaryngology. He maintains an academic appointment with the University of Utah to continue his educational efforts. He has been involved in many administrative, educational, and leadership roles in the AAOA since 2013. His outside interests include all things outdoors, especially in the mountains.

To register: download the 2019 AAOA Basic Course Registration Form or register online!

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Registration Price List

Fellow Member$1,110.00
Associate Member$1,225.00
International Member$1,225.00
NP/PA Member$1,225.00
Allied Health Member$1,225.00
Resident Member$600.00
Non-Member Physician$2,500.00
Non-Member Allied Health, NP/PA$2,500.00
Industry Representative$2,500.00
Non-member Resident$850.00

Cancellation Policy

Registration fees are non-transferable. Refunds (less a 20% administration fee) may be considered for cancellations received in writing by the AAOA prior to May 27, 2019.

Cancellations received after May 27, 2019 are non-refundable. 

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

Note for New Member Applicants

If you would like to receive a member rate for the 2019 Basic Course in Allergy & Immunology, please submit your membership application, supporting documents, and payment no later than Friday, June 7, 2019.

Contact Ben Wokas at (202) 955-5010 ext. 300 or bwokas@aaoallergy.org if you have any questions.