AAAAI Podcast: Conversations from the World of Allergy

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI)

The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) podcast series will use different formats to interview thought leaders from the world of allergy and immunology. This podcast is not intended to provide any individual medical advice to our listeners. We do hope that our conversations provide evidence-based information. Any questions pertaining to one's own health should always be discussed with their personal physician. The AAAAI Find an Allergist is a useful tool to locate a listing of board-certified allergists in your area.

All Episodes

John Kelso, MD, FAAAAI, returns to recap all we’ve learned during the past year regarding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, including updates regarding booster doses and recent approval for children 5-11 years of age.

Nov 18

59 min 51 sec

Nicholas L. Rider, DO, FAAAAI, discusses the new AAAAI course designed to help clinicians better recognize and diagnose primary immunodeficiency. This free online course offers Part IV MOC and continuing education credit.

Nov 8

42 min 53 sec

Jennifer Namazy, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the accumulating evidence surrounding the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines during pregnancy. This timely and informative discussion is important for healthcare professionals, patients and the general public.

Oct 29

38 min 3 sec

David B. Peden, MD, MS, FAAAAI, is the new Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: Global (JACI: Global), a new Gold Open Access journal from the AAAAI that is launching in February 2022. Dr. Peden discusses the ins and outs of JACI: Global and how it will impact the specialty of allergy / immunology.

Oct 5

58 min 17 sec

World-renowned vaccine and infectious disease expert Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, DSc (hon), FASTMH, FAAP, joins us to discuss the latest information surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. This important update discusses the Delta variant, full FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine, third vaccine doses, the return to school, and much more.

Aug 27

43 min 28 sec

Pediatric allergist and food allergy expert Brian Vickery, MD, FAAAAI, joins us to discuss the Delta variant, safety of sending kids back to school and asthma/allergy management in the school setting. This is a timely episode for all parents, school personnel, clinicians and the general public!

Aug 24

1 hr 7 min

Pamela Guerrerio, MD, PhD, is the principal investigator for a newly launched research study conducted by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). She discusses the research questions being addressed as well as details surrounding inclusion/exclusion criteria and participant involvement.

Aug 19

31 min 1 sec

Special guest Jen Gunter MD, FRCS(C), FACOG, DABPM, ABPMR, joins the podcast to offer great advice for spotting and avoiding health-related misinformation online. We all need to be savvy with our online searches and use of social media, and healthcare professionals need to learn how and where patients are receiving their information.

Aug 11

49 min 27 sec

Lead author Mark S. Dykewicz, MD, FAAAAI, walks us through all the details surrounding the recently updated rhinitis parameters. This CME episode is a master class in the diagnosis and treatment of this common condition. Helpful for all medical professionals and patients as well.

Jul 27

52 min 23 sec

Susan R. Bailey, MD, FAAAAI, the Immediate Past President of the American Medical Association, joins us for our 50th episode to discuss a variety of topics pertinent to healthcare providers, patients and the general public. Dr. Bailey offers valuable perspective and information throughout this timely conversation.

Jul 13

50 min 3 sec

Rebecca Scherzer, MD, FAAAAI, and Caroline S. Horner, MD, FAAAAI, discuss AAAAI committees and interest sections, as well as ways for members to get more involved. All of us will be inspired to get involved after listening to these two passionate physician educators.

Jun 28

43 min 31 sec

Sujani Kakumanu, MD, FAAAAI, and Julie Wang, MD, FAAAAI, join us to discuss the AAAAI Leadership Institute. They offer their personal insights surrounding leadership in general, as well as a detailed discussion of the AAAAI’s own cultivated program.

Jun 18

40 min 42 sec

Lisa Wheatley, MD, MPH, and N. Franklin Adkinson, Jr., MD, FAAAAI, join us to discuss details surrounding a new National Institutes of Health (NIH) study investigating potential causes of rare allergic reactions to COVID-19 vaccines.

May 3

38 min 26 sec

Aleena Banerji, MD, FAAAAI, joins us to discuss the diagnosis and management of drug allergy. Listen to this CME episode to hear one of the world’s leading drug allergy experts offer pearls of wisdom and actionable approaches that anyone can put into place when evaluating suspected drug allergy.

Apr 28

53 min 42 sec

Media guru, national advocate and community allergist Juanita Mora, MD, discusses the origins of vaccine hesitancy among patients from various backgrounds, and offers practical tips for addressing these complex issues with individual patients and on a broader scale.

Mar 24

39 min 38 sec

In this engaging conversation, AAAAI President Mary Beth Fasano, MD, MSPH, FAAAAI, offers insight on a variety of topics ranging from the impact of COVID-19 on medicine, the future of medical education, and advice for listeners choosing a career path in allergy/immunology. There is something for everyone in this perfect lead-in to the 2021 AAAAI Virtual Annual Meeting.

Feb 22

47 min 7 sec

Leonard B. Bacharier, MD, FAAAAI, Chair of the Annual Meeting Program Committee, discusses the exciting sessions and virtual format for this year's meeting, taking place February 26-March 1, 2021. Listen now to help plan your weekend...and beyond!

Jan 26

28 min 18 sec

John Kelso, MD, FAAAAI, addresses common questions, concerns and misconceptions surrounding the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. From efficacy to allergy, this broad ranging discussion covers all the important information you need to know.

Dec 2020

57 min 58 sec

In this CME episode intended for allergists and other healthcare professionals, Michelle M. Cloutier, MD, Chair of the Expert Panel Working Group of the National Asthma Education and Prevention Program Coordinating Committee that is coordinated by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), discusses important aspects of the NHLBI’s newly released 2020 asthma guidelines during this in-depth and comprehensive interview. Listen now to learn more about what the guidelines do and do not address, as well as important perspective about how to put these recommendations into practice.

Dec 2020

1 hr 7 min

Paul V. Williams, MD, FAAAAI, Chair of the AAAAI Advocacy Committee, provides an update and insight into important efforts underway to help support patients and physicians. Caution: Listeners may be motivated to get involved!

Nov 2020

33 min 3 sec

COVID-19 has exposed long standing inequities that women in medicine face regarding promotion, research, and all aspects of their careers. Kimberly G. Blumenthal, MD, MSc, FAAAAI, provides insight and potential solutions during this honest, important conversation.

Nov 2020

54 min 20 sec

In this CME episode, Tamara T. Perry, MD, FAAAAI, discusses aspects of asthma prevalence, management, and prognosis—and how each are impacted by factors such as race and socioeconomic status. Listen now for an in-depth discussion of timely and important topics.

Oct 2020

51 min 39 sec

In this CME episode, Carla M. Davis, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the influence of race, gender, ethnicity, and socioeconomic factors on various aspects of food allergy. This wide ranging conversation discusses multiple important areas, including how disparities impact prevalence, morbidity, quality of life, and access to services.

Oct 2020

43 min 5 sec

With so many important aspects pertaining to a return to in-person learning, issues specific to asthma management inside the school setting are more important than ever. In this episode Robert Lemanske, Jr., MD, FAAAAI, and Liz Clark, MSN, RN, NCSN, FNASN, discuss recommendations for parents, schools, and healthcare professionals to consider this autumn.

Sep 2020

45 min 43 sec

Anne Ellis, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI, offers excellent tips on how to tell the difference between three different causes of similar symptoms this autumn. Listen to this episode to learn practical advice on how to differentiate symptoms from seasonal allergies, the common cold, and COVID-19.

Sep 2020

52 min 13 sec

The COVID-19 pandemic has introduced many new challenges into all of our lives, an impact magnified for children with food allergy who may be heading back to school. In this Hot Topics episode, food allergy expert Matthew J. Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc, FAAAAI, offers important information, tips and perspective for families and schools to consider in an effort to provide a safe environment for anyone with food allergies.

Aug 2020

1 hr 7 min

In this CME episode, Marcus Shaker, MD, MS, FAAAAI, discusses the recently published anaphylaxis practice parameter. Listen now to learn about updates to the parameter and important discussion points surrounding biphasic anaphylaxis and use of steroids or antihistamines in the management of anaphylaxis. This is practical, thorough, and extremely useful for anyone who cares for patients at risk for anaphylaxis—and patients themselves.

Aug 2020

46 min 48 sec

Expert guest Brian Lipworth, MD, offers tremendous insight into the pathophysiology, treatment and current understanding of various aspects related to COVID-19. Why do some patients have more severe disease and what is actually happening inside their body? Do people with asthma and allergies need to worry or are they actually protected? Learn the answers to these questions and more by listening to this engaging and informative discussion.

Jul 2020

1 hr 2 min

Priya J. Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, who is Chair of the Practice Management Workshop Planning Committee as well as Chair of the Practice Management Committee, discusses exciting details about this year's Practice Management Workshop agenda, including the virtual format, new topics related to COVID-19, and the benefits for allergists and their staff.

Jun 2020

27 min 57 sec

In this CME episode, Giselle S. Mosnaim, MD, MS, FAAAAI, discusses the factors associated with high rates of burnout for medical professionals. Listen in to learn great information and helpful tips to maintain wellness, which is especially pertinent during COVID-19.

May 2020

39 min 40 sec

The Chair of the AAAAI COVID-19 Response Task Force, Paul V. Williams, MD, FAAAAI, joins us to discuss how the pandemic has impacted the way allergy practices are caring for patients and important thoughts about how to resume operations.

May 2020

43 min 16 sec

Telemedicine expert Jennifer Shih, MD, discusses practical elements of performing virtual visits. This conversation is filled with amazing tips for both patients and clinicians - a must listen for telemedicine novices or experienced users.

Apr 2020

45 min 17 sec

Listen to expert Anne Ellis, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI, discuss management of spring pollen allergies and how this intersects with the current COVID-19 pandemic. This Hot Topics episode has tips for patients, allergists and all medical professionals.

Apr 2020

40 min 48 sec

Two global health experts, Daniel Lucey, MD, MPH, and George Anesi, MD, MSCE, MBE, discuss the most up to date information regarding COVID-19. Listen now to learn about preparedness and how this pandemic can specifically impact patients with asthma, allergies and immune deficiency.

Mar 2020

57 min 10 sec

In this Hot Topics episode, virus expert Mitchell H. Grayson, MD, FAAAAI, discusses important information surrounding COVID-19, including how this can specifically impact patients with allergic conditions and asthma. A must listen for healthcare professionals and patients alike!

Mar 2020

25 min 55 sec

In this CME episode, J. Andrew Bird, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the recently published updated work group report on oral food challenges. Listen now to learn all about important updates surrounding the benefits of oral food challenges, psychosocial considerations for patients, and other practical aspects to consider for the day of the challenge.

Feb 2020

52 min 39 sec

Listen to this Hot Topics episode to hear food allergy expert J. Andrew Bird, MD, FAAAAI, discuss all of the important aspects to consider surrounding Palforzia, including risks, benefits, protocols and expected outcomes from treatment.

Feb 2020

27 min 58 sec

David Chaplin, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, Chair of the AAAAI Annual Meeting Program Committee, gives an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the planning process and discusses exciting can't miss sessions coming up at the 2020 meeting.

Jan 2020

41 min

In this CME episode, expert Jay A. Lieberman, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis, a topic that generates a lot of confusion among both medical professionals and patients. While physicians can claim CME credit after listening, this conversation is suitable for all backgrounds and areas of interest, especially anyone with food, drug or venom allergies.

Jan 2020

47 min 39 sec

Listen to this personal and informative episode featuring current AAAAI President David M. Lang, MD, FAAAAI, as he discusses telemedicine, evidence-based medicine, and the importance of quality in healthcare. Dr. Lang also offers a behind-the-scenes look at his career, interests, and what it's like to spend a year as the President.

Dec 2019

38 min 31 sec

This patient-centered episode discusses a hot topic that affects many of us: dry, irritated skin during the cold winter months. Priya J. Bansal, MD, FAAAAI, offers a treasure trove of skin care tips to help anyone, including those with eczema, learn how to prevent their skin from becoming dry, cracked, or irritated this winter.

Dec 2019

33 min 48 sec

In this "Ask the Expert" episode, Zuhair Ballas, MD, FAAAAI, Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI), discusses how JACI has evolved to meet the interests of allergists, immunologists and the medical community.

Nov 2019

46 min 37 sec

In this CME episode, food allergy expert Julie Wang, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the hot topic of immunotherapy for peanut allergies. This episode covers information that will be useful for medical professionals and families alike. Listen now to learn more about the exciting research surrounding peanut immunotherapy, as well as important points to consider regarding risks, benefits, adverse effects, and expected outcomes. Visit for CME information.

Oct 2019

49 min 6 sec

In this CME episode, Michael Schatz, MD, MS, FAAAAI, discusses the complicated issues surrounding how asthma can impact pregnancy. Listen now to learn all about medication safety, asthma monitoring and important research pertaining to pregnant women. Visit for CME information.

Oct 2019

35 min 39 sec

In this episode targeted towards patients, the general public and healthcare professionals of all types, Elizabeth Matsui, MD, MHS, FAAAAI, discusses asthma attacks, triggers and management. This is a must listen episode for anyone who has asthma!

Sep 2019

52 min 39 sec

In this CME episode, Michelle Hernandez, MD, FAAAAI, discusses the hot topic of e-cigarettes and vaping. Listen now to learn more about these devices, who is using them, how they're being marketed, and the risks associated with use. Visit for CME information.

Sep 2019

46 min 1 sec

In this CME episode, Vivian Hernandez-Trujillo, MD, FAAAAI, gives a primer on evaluating children who seem to be sick more than the average child. Spoiler alert: Before even thinking about testing, a detailed clinical history, comorbid conditions and environmental factors, and a wide ranging differential diagnosis must all be considered. Testing, especially which types of tests to consider, is covered in detail as well. Visit for CME information.

Aug 2019

45 min

Michael Schatz, MD, MS, FAAAAI, the Editor-in-Chief for The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice joins us for a special Ask the Expert episode. Tune in to hear a rare behind-the-scenes look at how one of the leading allergy journals operates, as well as an interesting discussion surrounding peer review and open access. If you've ever written, reviewed, or read an article in a peer-reviewed journal, this episode is for you.

Aug 2019

34 min 7 sec