Allergist Interview: Dr. Maziar Rezvani, Immunologist
This month we interviewed Dr. Maziar Rezvani of Georgia Allergy, Immunology, and Asthma. Dr. Rezvani grew up in Louisville, Kentucky where he obtained a biology degree with honors from the University of Louisville. He went on to attend Ross University School of Medicine where he received his medical degree. Dr. Rezvani performed his internship and internal medicine residency at The Jewish Hospital of Cincinnati.
Dr. Rezvani has served as a relevance reviewer for the American Board of Internal Medicine. At the University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Children's Hospital, Dr. Rezvani had his fellowship structured to blend both clinical and research responsibilities. He orchestrated multiple ongoing clinical trials during his fellowship, including a project involving asthma and exposure to cleaning agents in the home and occupational mold exposure and neurotoxicity.
Additionally, Dr. Rezvani has a number of publications and presentations in topics ranging from allergic and non-allergic rhinitis, olfaction and rhinitis subtypes, hereditary angioedema, anaphylaxis during immunotherapy, and environmental interventions at a pediatric daycare and its effects on asthma and rhinitis symptoms.
During his clinical training, Dr. Rezvani spent one year at Cincinnati Children's Immunodeficiency and Allergy clinics. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Allergy/Immunology.
Please tell me a little bit about yourself and your history as an allergist.
Dr. Rezvani's initial interest in the field of allergy began during residency after a presentation at a national academy meeting. He offers the following enlightening clarification regarding his work as an allergist:
"In our practice, we consider ourselves immunologists before allergists. Allergy is merely a sub-study in the field of immunology, which focuses on hypersensitivity. Our scope is much wider than allergy alone. My fellowship training was completed a few years ago at the University of Cincinnati/Cincinnati Children's Medical Center in adult and pediatric allergy/immunology."
How big is your practice? Is there a particular type of allergy or treatment your practice specializes in?
"There are two physicians in our practice. We opened our doors approximately three years ago and are growing steadily. We specialize in some of the more obscure disease processes such as eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE), hereditary angioedema (HAE), food and drug allergies, as well as recalcitrant urticaria, dermatitis, and of course all forms of hypersensitivity diseases and asthma."
What do you love about your job?
We have yet to hear an allergist who doesn't love the ability to make a difference in people's everyday lives. When asked the above question, Dr. Rezvani responded, "The intellectual challenge coupled with the ability to transform a person's health."
If you could suggest one thing for your patients what would it be?
"Always ask your healthcare provider to demonstrate evidence-based medicine."
What is your favorite allergy relief product?
Dr. Rezvani highlights the importance of becoming aware of the substances that trigger allergy symptoms. Pointing out the necessity of allergy sufferers being aware of their environments, Dr. Rezvani says that his favorite allergy relief product is "no product at all" and goes on to explain: "Allergy relief begins with the recognition and avoidance of sensitizing allergens." We couldn't agree more.
Where do you see allergy treatment going in the near future? In the distant future?
"Our field is becoming increasingly scientific and the treatments have become more focused. For instance targeted therapies such as Rituximab or Omalizumab are good examples. These will expand to anti-cytokine or other cell receptor therapies." Â Echoing Dr. Dennis's response to possible allergy treatment in the distant future, Dr. Rezvani predicts, "In the distant future, there will genomic based therapies which will be individualized to a person's DNA."