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."


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

02/15/19: Call For Proposals Deadline
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04/01/19: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/19: Research Grant Cycle
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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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Call For Proposals

We want your input to help build a program that delivers on your expectations! Blending clinical and practice management content, the AAOA is now accepting proposals for a number of exciting new formats. Submit Proposal


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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 Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course
February 8-10, 2019 | Dallas, TX
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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

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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From the AAOA President, Matthew Ryan, MD

...the AAOA continues to be the organization that Otolaryngologists look to for up-to-date education and information on the…

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AAOA Advanced Course in Allergy & Immunology 2017

Course Schedule

The 2017 AAOA Advanced Course Agenda

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

5:45pm-6:15pm: Informal Arrival Reception with Exhibitors

6:15pm-8:15pm: Review of Basic Topics

  • 6:15pm: Introduction – Michael Parker, MD
  • 6:20pm: Overview of Allergy Skin Testing – Prick, MQR & IDT – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 6:50pm: In-Vitro Allergy Testing – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 7:05pm: Antigen Selection, Standardization & Cross Reactivity – Michael Parker, MD
  • 7:30pm: Review of Dose Calculation & Vial Preparation – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 8:05pm: Review of Shot Escalation Schedules – Michael Parker, MD
  • 8:15pm: Day 1 Adjourn

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

6:00am-10:15am: Allergic Rhinitis/SLIT

  • 6:00am: Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 6:30am: Welcome and Course Introduction – Michael Parker, MD
  • 6:40am: Introduction of Course Faculty & Moderators with Case Teasers – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 6:55am: Evolution of Allergy Testing Techniques – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 7:00am: Choosing “Wisely” When Ordering Allergy Testing/Laboratory Tests – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 7:10am: Immunology of Allergy Treatment – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 7:20am: Immunotherapy Beyond SCIT & SLIT – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 7:30am: The Future: Conventional SCIT with Adjuvants – Michael Parker, MD
  • 7:40am: Epigenetics: A Hot Topic for Allergic Disease? – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 8:00am: Break with Exhibitors
  • 8:30am: S-U-C-C-E-S-S–That’s how we spell success of our allergy treatment – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 8:40am: ICAR: Allergic Rhinitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 9:00am: Presentation of SLIT Case – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 9:05am: Gallons, Quarters & Liters: What does it all mean? (Allergen Metrics) – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 9:15am: SLIT Tables – William Reisacher, MD
  • 9:25am: Multi vs Pauci Debate – Christine Franzese, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 9:45am: SLIT Dose Calculations Mixing Practicum – Jack Fornadley, MD

10:15am – 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm-4:00pm: Après-ski w/ Exhibitors

4:00pm-7:35pm: SLIT/Asthma

  • 4:00pm: Evidence Based Dosing for Aqueous SLIT – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:15pm: Clinical Pearls for SLIT Panel – Moderator: J. Whit Mims, MD; Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, Jack Fornadley, MD, William Reisacher, MD
  • 4:30pm: SLIT Case Wrap Up – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:35pm: Presentation of Asthma Case – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 4:40pm: Epidemiology of Asthma – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 4:50pm: Genetics of Asthma – William Reisacher, MD
  • 5:00pm: Early Life Factors that Affect Asthma Development – Maria Veling, MD
  • 5:10pm: Immunology of Childhood Asthma  – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 5:20pm: Understanding Early Wheezing in the Development of Airflow Limitation in Children – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 5:30pm: Treatment Approaches to Preschool Wheezing Illnesses – Maria Veling, MD
  • 5:40pm: Break with Exhibitors
  • 6:10pm: Emerging Perspectives in Asthma Heterogeneity, Phenotypes & Endotypes – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 6:30pm: Pathophysiology of Asthma–Acute Physiologic Characteristics – William Reisacher, MD
  • 6:40pm: Chronic Long-term Clinical Consequences of Asthma Exacerbations – Maria Veling, MD
  • 6:50pm: Prevention & Rescue Medications for Asthma – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 7:00pm: Non-Steroidal Medications for Asthma – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 7:10pm: ICS Maintenance Medications & Combo (ICS/LABA) Meds – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 7:20pm: PFT’s– Spirometry Mechanics – Michael Parker, MD
  • 7:35pm: Day 2 Adjourn

Friday, December 8th, 2017

6:00am-10:25am: Asthma/Laryngology

  • 6:00am: Breakfast with Exhibitors
  • 6:30am: Nuts and Bolts of Spirometry Interpretation – Michael Parker, MD
  • 7:00am: FeNO – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 7:10am: ERP-3/NAEPP Asthma Treatment Guidelines – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 7:30am: GINA Guidelines – Maria Veling, MD
  • 7:40am: Add on Therapy for Asthma Management – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 7:55am: ERP-3/NAEPP Asthma Guidelines Update – William Reisacher, MD
  • 8:05am: The Eosinophils: Biology – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 8:10am: Break with Exhibitors
  • 8:40am: Precision Asthma Therapy:  Picking the Right Biologic for the Right Patient – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 8:50am: ACOS: Is It Asthma? Is It COPD? Or Is It ACOS? – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 9:05am: Severe Asthma: Our Changing Approach to Asthma Management – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 9:15am: Asthma Case Wrap Up – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 9:20am: Managing Mucus: Examining the Evidence – Blake Simpson, MD
  • 9:40am: AAO-HNS Hoarseness Guidelines – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 9:50am: It’s Not LPR – Blake Simpson, MD
  • 10:10am: Hoarseness and Allergy: Is There a Connection? -David Osguthorpe, MD

10:30am – 3:30pm: Break

3:30pm-4:00pm: Après-ski w/ Professors

4:00pm-7:15pm: Laryngology/Skin Allergy

  • 4:00pm: Chronic Cough:  How I Do It (Laryngology Perspective) – Blake Simpson, MD
  • 4:20pm: Chronic Cough:  How I Do It (Rhinology Perspective) – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:30pm: Superior Laryngeal Nerve Block – Blake Simpson, MD
  • 4:50pm: Allergic Disease Affecting Sleep – Michael Parker, MD
  • 5:05pm: Diagnosis & Treatment of Acute and Chronic Urticaria – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 5:25pm: New Guidelines Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 5:30pm: Break with Exhibitors
  • 6:00pm: Biologic Update for Urticaria – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 6:05pm: HAE:  Laboratory Testing & Treatment – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 6:15pm: The Role of Skin Barrier (Dys)function & Immunology in Atopic Dermatitis – Maria Veling, MD
  • 6:25pm: Genetics of Atopic Dermatitis – William Reisacher, MD
  • 6:35pm: Therapeutic Update of AD – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 6:45pm: Biologic Therapies for Atopic Dermatitis – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 6:50pm: Contact Dermatitis – David Osguthorpe, MD
  • 7:00pm: Patch Testing from A to Z – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 7:10pm: Day 3 Adjourn

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

6:00am-10:30am: Food Allergy

  • 6:00am: Breakfast w/ Exhibitors
  • 6:30am: Presentation of Food Allergy Case – William Reisacher, MD
  • 6:35am: Into the Unknown:  The Spectrum of Non-IgE Gastrointestinal Disease- Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 6:55am: NIAID Guidelines for IgE Mediated Food Allergies and Practice Parameter Update – William Reisacher, MD
  • 7:25am: LEAP – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 7:45am: LEAPing Forward: What’s Next? – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 7:55am: Natural History of Food Allergy:  Who Should Eat What and When – Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 8:05am: Break with Exhibitors
  • 8:35am: FDEIA – Michael Parker, MD
  • 8:45am: Eosinophilic Esophagitis:  Clinicopathologic Manifestations & Pathophysiology – Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 9:00am: Transnasal Esophagoscopy – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 9:10am: Eosinophilic Esophagitis:  Diagnosis – Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 9:25am: Eosinophilic Esophagitis:  Management – Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 9:40am: Advanced Diagnostic Testing in Food Allergy—What Really Works – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 10:00am: Therapeutic Options for Food Sensitive Patient – William Reisacher, MD
  • 10:15am: Food Allergy:  Update on Oral and Epicutaneous Immunotherapy – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 10:25am: The Microbiome & Allergy – Glenn Furuta, MD
  • 10:35am: Food Allergy Case Wrap-Up – William Reisacher, MD

10:40am-3:30pm: Break

3:30pm-4:00pm: Après-ski w/ Professors 

4:00pm-8:25pm: CRS/Venoms/Medication Allergy/Anaphylaxis

  • 4:00pm: CRS Case – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:05pm: Non-Allergic Rhinitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:15pm: Local Allergy – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 4:30pm: AERD – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:50pm: AAO-HNS CRS Guidelines/ICAR – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 5:05pm: Difficult to Control CRS:  What the Experts Do – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 5:15pm: Corticosteroids:  The Good, the Bad and the Future for Our Patients on Systemic and Topical Corticosteroids – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 5:25pm: Break with Exhibitors
  • 5:55pm: Laboratory Evaluation of Immunodeficiency – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 6:15pm: How I Approach a Child with Nasal Congestion – Maria Veling, MD
  • 6:25pm: CRS Case Wrap-Up – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 6:30pm: Stinging Insect Allergy Update – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 7:00pm: Medication Allergy:  History & Risk Assessment – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 7:10pm: Medication Allergy:  Diagnostic Paradigm – J. Whit Mims, MD
  • 7:20pm: Therapeutic Intervention for Medication Allergy – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 7:30pm: Update Anaphylaxis Guidelines – Maria Veling, MD
  • 8:00pm: In-Office Preparedness for Anaphylaxis – Jack Fornadley, MD
  • 8:10pm: Wrap-Up/Q&A – Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD
  • 8:25pm: Course Adjourn

The online syllabus will be available by December 1. All registrants will be provided with access instructions by e-mail when the syllabus is released.

Download the 2017 Advanced Course Agenda.


The online Registration is now closed. If you wish to register, please call (202) 955-5010 or email info@aaoaf.org or aaoa@aaoaf.org. Thank you! 

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