Timothy Chow, MD
Q: Why did you become an allergist?
There were many different reasons that attracted me to the field of Allergy and Immunology. I appreciate the diversity of the disease processes and clinical manifestations that we take care of, as well as the opportunity to care for patients across their lifetime.
Perhaps this can be said of every era in the practice of A/I, but there is a fascinating intersection of rapid intellectual probing and discovery of underlying pathophysiology of the diseases we care for, exciting emerging treatment targets, and a collective interest from the general population on many A/I issues, which as a whole I find intriguing.
Even over the past year, the pandemic highlights the vast opportunities within our field as we help our patients navigate a wide range of issues from MIS-C, adverse reactions to vaccines, to how to navigate food allergies for students in changing learning environments.
It is exciting to participate in a field with such breadth and depth. Furthermore, while this is true of many different specialties in medicine, the public discourse of allergy and immunology topics highlights the acute need for high quality health education and patient health literacy efforts from A/I physicians. I enjoy engaging in this within my community.
Finally, I would not be where I am without the support and encouragement of our engaging A/I community, and that camaraderie further attracted me to our field.