Interview With Creative Visionary And Premier Allergy President, Summit Shah
Dr. Summit Shah is a renowned allergist and the President of the Dublin, Ohio based Premier Allergy. The center offers cutting-edge treatment of adult and pediatric patients. Dr. Summit’s specialties include allergy, asthma, eczema and sinus disease. Prior to establishing Premier Allergy in 2011, Dr. Summit served at Scripps Clinic, San Diego and Tufts Medical Center, Boston. He was a Fellow at Scripps from 2008 to 2010 and Resident at Tufts Medial Center from 2005 to 2008.
The center has 3 doctors and several certified nurses. Dr. Summit attended the Ohio State University and graduated with a BSc in Biology in 2001. He later joined the university’s school of medicine and graduated with a Doctorate of Medicine in 2005. Dr. Summit belongs to several professional societies, including Board Certified Allergy/Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the Columbus Asthma Society, where he is a VP.
Hello Dr. Shah, could you please introduce yourself?
My name is Dr. Summit Shah, a seasoned allergist based at Premier Allergy. The treatment center has been operating for about 8 years and has been instrumental in promoting health in the community. I am also a Fellow at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and Medical Advisor to My Food Allergy. My expertise is in food allergies and immunology.
What are your focus areas? Please explain?
The Dublin, Ohio based center offers a wide range of treatments, including allergy and asthma, eczema, hay fever, sinus disease and immune deficiency illnesses like HIV/AIDs. We are proud to cater for both adult and pediatric patients. The center is affiliated with several area hospitals such as the Fairfield Medical Center and Mount Carmel East. My decision to establish the treatment center in Columbus was instigated by the need to bring cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment to the local community in Central Ohio.
Using a few words, how would you describe “Premier Allergy”?
On a typical day, my work routine at Premier Allergy entails clinical research, business development and staff training. I spend most of my time between Premier Allergy and Ohio University Medical School, where I am a professor. I hope to transform Premier Allergy into a regional center of excellence. At the moment, the center accepts several insurance programs, including CIGNA HMO, First Health PPO, Aetna Choice POS and BCBS Blue Card PPO.
Where do you think the center is making the biggest impact?
I am happy Premier Allergy is transforming lives. Training under the tutelage of experienced experts in severe asthma, allergic disease and food allergies gave me crucial skills to serve the community. To ensure efficient service delivery, we’ve invested in an extensive online portal that allows patients to schedule appointments, access medical information and order billing details. We also maintain an active presence on social media sites like Twitter and YouTube, where members of the public can learn more about our offerings and get crucial health tips.
Tell us about your scholarship program?
The scholarship is issued to students who wish to further their education through college and university. The $1,000 annual award is open to applicants pursuing various academic disciplines. Eligible students need to submit a 500-word essay on the assigned topic. My decision to establish the scholarship was prompted by the experiences I had as a medical student. The concern centered on the growing cost of education and curtailed funding.
Do you believe the mindset has anything to do with the success you have experienced?
It does, and there are many compelling reasons to support this asserting. While I was studying, I developed a mindset that set me on the path to success. The growth mindset made it easy for me to take risks, share my story, forgive my failures and focus on achieving greater career goals.
If you could turn the clock back, what would you do different career wise?
I will start by saying the medical career is highly fulfilling. If there is anything I would go back and change; that would be investing more on social support to guard against work burnout.
What single word of advice would you offer readers when it comes to succeeding at working independently?
Always maintain a positive mindset.
What recent development do you find exciting?
There are several new technologies in the asthma and allergy treatment. I am particularly excited about the Bio-Asthma device and Bloom Inhaler. Bloom Inhaler is currently seeking FDA approval. The treatment involves the use of easy to administer prescription inhaler canisters. Bio-Asthma is a smart device designed to alert parents about asthma attacks in kids.
Give us your final thoughts?
Studying to become a doctor can be grueling. However, you can make the most out of the experience by investing in a good support network that includes family, friends and professionals.