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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AAOA Interactive Allergy and Rhinology Course 2019


Friday, February 8, 2019

10:00am: Check-in Opens

11:00am: Group Lunch with Faculty: What Do You Want Out Of This Course? – All available faculty

Otolaryngic Allergy 101

  • 11:50am: Introduction and Course Overview – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 12:00pm: Case-Based Panel: Allergies & Asthma Ruined My Life – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Understanding Immunology… (seriously!) – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 1:00pm: Immunology of Allergy & Immunotherapy – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:30pm: Interactive Session: Name That Allergen – Christine Franzese, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

2:10pm: Break

  • 2:30pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Prick Testing with Video – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 2:45pm: Preparation of Testing and Treatment Board with Video – Michael Parker, MD
  • 3:05pm: Skin Testing Techniques: Intradermal Dilutional Testing and Modified Quantitative Testing – Maria Veling, MD
  • 3:35pm: Video: IDT and MQT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 3:45pm: Lecture & Case Practicum Specific IgE Testing Methods and Interpretation – Michael Parker, MD

4:15pm: Break

  • 4:35pm: Case-Based Practicum: Allergy Testing – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 5:05pm: Case-Base Panel: When Good Patients Go Bad –  Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Cecelia Damask, DO, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Parker, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

5:50pm: Lectures Adjourned – Drinks with the Professors

Saturday, February 9, 2019

6:15am: Breakfast with the Faculty – Small Group Sessions 

  • 7:00am: Mission Impossible: Environmental Control – Maria Veling, MD
  • 7:20am: Pharmacotherapy: Patients vs. Guidelines/ICAR – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 8:10am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy I: Initial Vial Mixing for Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Cecelia Damask, DO
  • 8:40am: Application of Immunotherapy for Inhalant Allergy II: Escalation, Maintenance, and Withdrawal of Subcutaneous Immunotherapy – Michael Parker, MD

9:10am: Break 

  • 9:30am: Case-Based Practicum: Vial Mixing for SCIT – Christine Franzese, MD
  • 10:00am: This Is Us Having Anaphylaxis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 10:45am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Safety & Efficacy – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 11:10am: Sublingual Immunotherapy: Dosing, Escalation, Tablets – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Lunch

  • 12:35pm: Introduction to Food Allergy – Michael Parker, MD
  • 1:05pm: Panel: Immunology, Biologics, and Sinusitis – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: Cecelia Damask, DO, Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 1:45pm: Panel Wrap-Up: Q&A with Faculty – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists:  Michael Parker, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Maria Veling, MD, Sarah Wise, MD

2:30pm: Break

Introduction to Rhinology

  • 3:00pm: Diagnosis and Classification of Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:20pm: Adult Rhinosinusitis Guidelines and Evidence-Based Recommendations [AAO-HNS and ICAR] – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 3:40pm: Pediatric Rhinosinusitis – Michael Platt, MD
  • 3:55pm: Sinus Anatomy and Imaging – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 4:20pm: Immunodeficiency and Sinus Disease – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 4:35pm: Cystic Fibrosis and Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 4:50pm: Granulomatous Diseases Involving the Sinuses – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 5:15pm: Case-Based Panel: Systemic Diseases in the Rhinologic Patient – Moderator: Matthew Ryan, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Sarah Wise, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD

6:00pm: Adjourn for the Evening

Sunday, February 10, 2019

6:30am: Breakfast

  • 7:20am: Septal and Nasal Valve Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 7:35am: Epistaxis – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 7:50am: Systemic Antimicrobials and Steroids for Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD
  • 8:10am: Topical and Alternative Therapies for Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 8:25am: Acute Complicated Rhinosinusitis – Sarah Wise, MD

8:50am: Break

  • 9:15am: Fungal Rhinosinusitis – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 9:35am: Pre-op and Post-op Techniques to Maximize FESS Outcomes – Michael Platt, MD
  • 9:55am: Technical Aspects of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 10:15am: Frontal Sinus Management – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 10:35am: Balloon Sinus Ostial Dilation: Techniques, Evidence, and Guidelines – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 10:55am: Office Rhinologic Surgery – John DelGuadio, MD
  • 11:15am: Complications of Endoscopic Sinus Surgery – Sarah Wise, MD

11:35am: Break – Grab your Lunch!

  • 11:55am: Lunchtime Case-Based Panel: Complications of Sinus Surgery – Moderator: John DelGaudio, MD, Panelists: Christine Franzese, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:40pm: Headache – Mark Zacharek, MD
  • 12:55pm: Smell and Taste – Michael Platt, MD
  • 1:10pm: Cerebrospinal Fluid Leaks – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 1:30pm: Benign Sinonasal Neoplasms – John DelGaudio, MD
  • 1:45pm: Malignant Sinonasal Neoplasms – Matthew Ryan, MD
  • 2:05pm: Case-Based Panel: If I Could Do This One Over Again – Moderator: Christine Franzese, MD, Panelists: John DelGaudio, MD, Michael Platt, MD, Matthew Ryan, MD, Sarah Wise, MD
  • 2:50pm: Q&A with Faculty

3:00pm: Program Concludes

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


Registration Price List

Fellow Member$1,495.00
Associate Member$1,595.00
International Member$1,595.00
NP/PA Member$1,595.00
Resident*/Fellow-In-Training Member$600.00
Non-Member $2,745.00

*The AAOA sponsors residents from ACGME-accredited otolaryngology training programs to attend this course. In addition, ACGME-accredited training programs can sponsor additional residents to attend the course at a discounted rate. Please contact Elisabeth Herzfeld eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org or your training program director/coordinator for more information. If you are in an osteopathic otolaryngology training program and/or you want to self-pay for this course, please contact eherzfeld@aaoallergy.org.

Important Information

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 January 8, 2019. Cancellations received after January 8, 2019 are non-refundable.

If you’re not a member of the AAOA, join now and take advantage of the membership rates.

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