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Meet Summit Shah, OSU Professor and Founder of Premier Allergy (Sweet Startups Interview)

Summit Shah MD, the founder of Premier Allergy, is known throughout the Central Ohio region for his extensive expertise in diagnosing and treating patients affected by allergies, asthma, hay fever, and sinus disease, along with a number of other related medical issues or conditions. A native of the Columbus area, Summit Shah MD is an alumnus of the Ohio State University, where he completed his bachelor’s degree before being accepted to and earning his medical degree from the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

1. Hi! Please tell us about yourself and Premier Allergy?

Premier Allergy is the practice I founded in Columbus, Ohio — which is where my wife and I both grew up and attended college — and we specialize in diagnosing and treating patients dealing with allergy- and asthma-related issues through advanced practices and methodologies, including, for example, needle-free allergy testing, rush immunotherapy, and drug and penicillin testing. My wife and I are obviously quite fond of the Columbus area, and we are grateful for the opportunity to raise our two wonderful daughters here.

2. What inspired you to pursue a career as an allergist and, ultimately, to found Premier Allergy?

Throughout my youth in Columbus, Ohio, the severity of my own allergies made me dread the end of winter and the onset of spring. Knowing the anxiety I felt because of my allergies and understanding how it affected me growing up, I decided to pursue a career in which I could help people dealing with circumstances similar to my own. Since my parents apparently passed on their entrepreneurial spirit to me, I was naturally inclined to build a practice of my own in Columbus, which ultimately became Premier Allergy.

3. Why is clinical research so important?

Clinical research is the reason this generation is so much better off with regard to allergies and asthma when compared to previous generations, and it’s my responsibility as a medical professional to conduct research with the goal of advancing our understanding of allergy- and asthma-related conditions and to improve the treatment options we make available to patients.

4. You’re also a professor at your alma mater, Ohio State University (awesome!). Please, tell us more about that.

Growing up in Columbus and going to OSU as an undergrad and as a medical student — and now serving as a professor — I’m obviously not at all shy about expressing the pride that comes with being a Buckeye. That being said, I am even more proud of the fact that I am able to share my knowledge of the profession with the aspiring doctors at the Ohio State University College of Medicine.

5. Do you find it difficult to strike a balance between such demanding professional responsibilities and your personal life?

Of course — it is always difficult to balance one’s professional responsibilities with one’s personal life, but my wife and I support each other’s work while also ensuring we continue to live up to and exceed our most important responsibilities as parents and spouses.

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