Meet the Board of Directors: Allison C. Ramsey, MD
Allison C. Ramsey, MD, has a busy schedule. In addition to being an allergist and clinical immunologist for Rochester Regional Health, she is an assistant clinical professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.
Additionally, she is the past chair of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Adverse Reactions to Drugs, Biologicals and Latex Committee, a member of the Editorial Board of Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practiceas well as a member of the Healio Allergy/Asthma Peer Perspective Board.
So it’s a good thing that she loves her job.
“I love this field and I love caring for patients and advancing the field through research,” she told Healio.
We spoke with Ramsey to find out why she got into allergy/immunology, her most and least favorite aspects of the practice, and her take on the biggest recent and upcoming innovations in treatment. .
Helio: How did you come to make allergy/immunology your specialty?
Allison C. Ramsey
Ramsey: I trained in internal medicine because I loved the thinking that goes into diagnosing and treating patients in internal medicine. I was ultimately drawn to allergy/immunology because of the impact its doctors can have on patients’ quality of life, whether it’s improving a person’s allergy to their pet pet, asthma or remove a drug allergy label. Even though I’m trained in internal medicine, allergists/immunologists are trained to see adults and children, so I like being able to see a 6 month old baby and then a 90 year old woman in the same hour.
Helio: Do you have a particular area of allergy/immunology that you value the most?
Ramsey: I’m mostly drawn to drug allergies. I enjoy expanding treatment options for patients to optimize their treatments for other acute or chronic conditions. I also love research in this area and thinking about how we can improve approaches to drug allergy assessment. In addition to drug allergy, I enjoy helping patients with severe asthma with the directory of excellent medications we currently have for them.
Helio: What challenges do you regularly encounter in practice that keep you up at night?
Ramsey: Allergy/immunology may be a routine practice, but really difficult cases arise periodically. It is these more difficult cases that can dominate my thoughts. At a more global level, inequality of access and quality of care is a huge problem.
Helio: What do you enjoy doing outside of clinical practice?
Ramsey: I am married with three children and a dog. I enjoy doing yoga, running, working out and walking/training my dog. We have a lot of baseball in our household, so I’m often on the sidelines of a Little League field. I also like to have a good night out with friends.
Helio: What do you think has been the most exciting development in allergy and asthma treatment over the past decade?
Ramsey: As a drug allergy specialist, I’m excited about the attention penicillin allergy is getting and the delabeling of penicillin allergy. I think the expansion of our field of biologic drugs has been a game-changer for asthma, nasal polyps, and atopic dermatitis.
Helio: What progress do you most expect over the next 10 years?
Ramsey: I look forward to more drugs, biologics and more that better target specific patient disease states. This is called precision medicine.
For more information:
Allison C. Ramseydoctor, can be reached at [email protected]