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Ask the Expert receives hundreds of questions every year. Questions are answered by Dr. Dennis K. Ledford, Ellsworth and Mabel Simmons Professor of Allergy/Immunology, Division of Allergy and Immunology, Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida and James A. Haley VA Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Dr. Ledford has previously served as president of the AAAAI. He is actively involved in patient care as well as the allergy/immunology training program. He continues to contribute to the medical literature.

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AAAAI Announces New Ask the Expert Editor

After seven years of exceptional service, Phillip Lieberman, MD, FAAAAI, has stepped down as Ask the Expert editor. He has handed the reigns over to a new Ask the Expert editor, Dennis K. Ledford, MD, FAAAAI.

Dr. Lieberman, a former AAAAI President, has served in the role of Ask the Expert editor since 2007 when he succeeded Burt Zweiman, MD, FAAAAI. He answered nearly 4,000 questions from allergist / immunologists and other healthcare professionals during his tenure.  

“I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude to Dr. Lieberman for the years he has dedicated to Ask the Expert and furthering the expertise of the specialty. He offered timely and thoughtful answers to the thousands of questions he received, drawing from the latest medical literature and the knowledge of top experts in the field when additional insight was needed,” said AAAAI President James T. Li, MD, PhD, FAAAAI.

As we extend our appreciation to Dr. Lieberman, the AAAAI is pleased that another former AAAAI President, Dr. Ledford, has taken over as Ask the Expert editor.

Dr. Ledford is current Chair of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Education and Research Organization, Inc. (ARTrust™) and is noted for founding the ARTrust 5K Run/Walk that celebrates its third year at the 2015 Annual Meeting in Houston. He is the Ellsworth and Mabel Simmons Professor of Allergy/Immunology in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida. He also works extensively with the James A. Haley VA Hospital in Tampa, Florida.

“Dr. Ledford is an ideal choice for the next Ask the Expert editor,” stated Li. “We know it will remain one of the top resources on the AAAAI website under his guidance.  

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