Philadelphia Allergy Doctors

The 2009 Top Doctors who can get you through spring sniffle-free

YOUR PROBLEM: THE MEDS AREN’T CUTTING IT

[sidebar]THE ALLERGIST: Albert Rohr, MD, Bryn Mawr Hospital, specializing in allergy and drug allergy

HIS GAME PLAN: While Dr. Rohr helps patients manage allergies with precise prescription and over-the-counter meds, he also promotes hands-on barriers to the allergens causing your symptoms. For those who refuse to give up gardening, Dr. Rohr suggests wearing a dust mask or respirator, similar to the ones construction workers buy in bulk from Home Depot, to seal out pollen. “Despite what the neighbors may think of you, when you’re cutting grass there is not much else you can do to control Mother Nature.” Apply the same principles inside your house: run the air-conditioning to filter the air and resist the temptation to open the windows.

HIS BACKGROUND: After suffering from allergies himself, Dr. Rohr graduated from the University of Texas School of Medicine and became board-certified in internal medicine at University of Pennsylvania’s Presbyterian Hospital before he became board-certified in Allergy and immuniology at UCLA School of Medicine. He moved to Philly in 1991, after spending eight years practicing in Los Angeles.

WAITING ROOM STATS: Dr. Rohr sees up to 25 patients each day, so don’t give up hope when you are trying to schedule a same-day or next day appointment.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Bryn Mawr Medical Building South, 875 County Line Rd # 107, Bryn Mawr, 610-527-2000, rohrcolumbo.com.

THE DOCTOR TO SEE IF:

YOU’VE GOT ALLERGIES … AND HEART PROBLEMS

YOUR PROBLEM: YOU’VE GOT ALLERGIES … AND HEART PROBLEMS

THE ALLERGIST: Gerald Kolski, MD, Crozer-Chester Medical Center, specializing in asthma, rhinitis, latex allergy and food allergy

HIS GAME PLAN: Treat your symptoms while keeping an eye on the larger picture. Antihistamines and decongestants are notoriously bad for disrupting the body’s normal balance, says Dr. Kolski. And decongestants reduce allergy-related swelling by narrowing blood vessels, which can lead to a jump in blood pressure.

HIS BACKGROUND: Dr. Kolski received his Ph.D. from Purdue University and his medical degree from Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medical College. In addition to his practice, he was formerly the chairman of pediatrics at Crozer-Chester Medical Center, where he is still a faculty member.

WAITING ROOM STATS: For new patients or non-immediate allergy testing, it may take up to two weeks to get an appointment. Patients already with Dr. Kolski, however, can expect same-day care in more urgent situations.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: Crozer-Chester Medical Center, 30 Medical Center Boulevard Suite 205, Upland, 610-619-7410

THE DOCTOR TO SEE IF:

YOUR KID IS A SNIFFLING, SNEEZING MESS

 

 

YOUR PROBLEM: YOUR KID IS A SNIFFLING, SNEEZING MESS

THE ALLERGIST: Eric Glasofer, MD, Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center, specializing in asthma, nasal allergies, pediatric allergies

HIS GAME PLAN: Pinpoint the primary cause through a thorough assessment—and then keep your kid away from what his body doesn’t like. When it comes to children, “anything you can do in terms of avoidance helps,” says Dr. Glasofer. Whether it’s allergen-proofing the home and bedroom (regular cleaning, closed windows and mattress covers are a good start) or giving your child a bath after playing outside to rinse off allergy-producing particles like pollen, avoidance measures will help decrease your child’s exposure and any resulting irritation.

HIS BACKGROUND: Treating allergies for over 25 years, Dr. Glasofer first started out as a pediatrician. Later, he specialized (again) in Allergy and Immunology at Jefferson Medical College.

WAITING ROOM STATS: Call ahead, even if your current symptoms are mild. In the thick of allergy season it could take you up to two weeks to get an appointment.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: 1000 White Horse Road, Suite 909, Vorhees, 856-772-1200

 

THE DOCTOR TO SEE IF:
YOUR ALLERGIES ARE DISRUPTING YOUR DAILY LIFE


YOUR PROBLEM: YOUR ALLERGIES ARE DISRUPTING YOUR DAILY LIFE

THE ALLERGIST:
John Cohn, MD, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, specializing in asthma, allergic rhinitis, voice disorders and allergies

HIS GAME PLAN:
Setting the bar high. “We can work to make it so you don’t have to be an allergy sufferer,” says Dr. Cohn, who stresses that over-the-counter meds can only do so much. “Those not getting the relief should explore stronger, long-term medications or weekly allergy shots by visiting an allergist,” says Cohn.

HIS BACKGROUND:
Dr. Cohn has practiced at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital since 1982 and currently serves as Professor of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College, head of the adult allergy section and president of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital medical staff. His passion for allergy developed when his first-born daughter began struggling with them.

WAITING ROOM STATS:
Dr. Cohn only accepts new patients who have been referred from another physician. Don’t be surprised to wait 2-4 weeks to be penciled in, especially during allergy season.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:
1015 Chestnut Street, Suite 1300, 215-923-7685

THE DOCTOR TO SEE IF:

YOU HAVE TROUBLE FINDING THE RIGHT LEVEL OF RELIEF

YOUR PROBLEM: TROUBLE FINDING THE RIGHT LEVEL OF RELIEF

THE ALLERGIST: Paresha Shah, MD, Kennedy Memorial Hospitals/University Medical Center, specializing in allergy and immunology, pediatrics

HER GAME PLAN:
First, avoidance: Dr. Shah will help you pinpoint ways to control your environment. Next, she’ll find the right medication to take care of stubborn symptoms—just don’t expect her to back up your homeopathic regime. She’s seen enough patients to know herbal medications rarely ease allergy symptoms: “I tell patients what is not working.”

HER BACKGROUND:
Dr. Shah has been in Philadelphia for over 20 years, starting at Albert Einstein Hospital as a resident interested in pediatrics and neonatology. After finding her passion in allergy, she did her did her fellowship at St. Christopher Hospital for Children and opened her practice in 1990.

WAITING ROOM STATS:
It gets busy, especially in the evenings during allergy season. Patients able to take more flexible, off-peak times will get in and out of the office quicker.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: 901 Route 168, Suite 504, Turnersville, NJ, 856-227-5700

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