Dr. Naiya Patel is a native Texan who specializes in treating both adult and pediatric asthma, allergy and immunologic conditions.

After attending medical school at UT Southwestern Medical Center, she completed her residency in internal medicine at the prestigious Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL. She then returned to her home state for fellowship in Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

She has received numerous honors and awards during her training including induction into the acclaimed Alpha Omega Alpha honor society and receiving the Arnold Widen Award during her time at Northwestern. She is a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the Texas Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society, and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.

Dr. Patel brings a considerable breadth of experience to AACM. She has a particular interest in food allergy and has conducted research on the intersection of food allergies and mental health in adolescents and on eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders. She co-wrote the chapter on food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) in the first ever Encyclopedia of Food Allergy. During her time in Chicago, she conducted novel research into the pathogenesis of severe asthma. At UT Southwestern, she diagnosed and managed patients with a broad range of conditions including severe asthma, eczema, urticaria, angioedema, chronic rhinitis, immunodeficiency, drug allergy, insect venom allergy, and food allergic disorders.

Dr. Patel is excited to join AACM and is dedicated to providing high-quality and evidence-based care to her patients.

What is an Allergist?

A recognized Medical Specialist Dealing with Allergic and Immunologic Disorders.

An allergist is a physician specially trained, skilled, and experienced in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, asthma, and related immunologic disorders such as hay fever, hives, and eczema.

Specialized Training

The effective treatment of allergic disorders must be solidly based on advanced training. The training of the allergist involves at least 9 years of intense study-4 years medical school, followed by three years of training in internal medicine or pediatrics, plus two more years of specialized training in allergy and immunology.

Board Certified

To be board certified as an allergist, a physician first must be certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine or the American Board of Pediatrics and then certified again by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, which requires an 8 hour written examination on the anatomy, physiology, pathology, biochemistry, diagnosis and treatment of allergic and immunologic disorders.

Continuing Medical Education

Continuing medical education is essential to maintaining competence in this specialty, where advances in knowledge are proceeding at a fast pace. The allergist must spend many hours reading medical journals and attending clinical conferences. Many allergists are members of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology and/or the American College of Allergy and Immunology, which helps them keep abreast of the latest developments in the field.