Celebrating Over 75 Years Of Service

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) represents over 2,700 Board-certified otolaryngologists and health care providers. Otolaryngology, frequently referred to as Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT), uniquely combines medical and surgical expertise to care for patients with a variety of conditions affecting the ears, nose, and throat, as well as commonly related conditions. AAOA members devote part of their practice to the diagnosis and treatment of allergic disease. The AAOA actively supports its membership through education, research, and advocacy in the care of allergic patients.

"Advance the comprehensive management of allergy and inflammatory disease in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery through training, education, and advocacy."


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Upcoming Dates

07/15/20: Call for Scientific Papers
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09/11/20: Membership Application Deadline to be voted in at the 2020 Annual Meeting and to be eligible for AAOA Member Rate (FREE) for the 2020 Annual Meeting Learn more

12/01/20: Research Grant Cycle
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04/01/21: Fellow Exam Application Deadline
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06/01/21: Research Grant Cycle
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06/26/21: Membership Application Deadline to be eligible for AAOA Member rate for the 2021 Basic Course


Allergy & ENT: Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!, presented at the AAO-HNSF 2020 by Keith Andrew Sale, MD, Alpen A. Patel, MD, Glen Porter, MD, and Wesley D. Vander Ark, MD can be viewed here. It will be avialable through Friday, October 30, 2020.

Register Today for the 2020 AAOA Annual Meeting to earn up to 18.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the live activity plus 8.75  AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM for the on demand content.


For those member and nonmembers who register for the AAOA 2020 Annual Meeting Oct 24-29 (live stream) before October 15th, you will be offered complimentary registration to participate in the AAO-HNSF “Comprehensive Otolaryngology Week” component of the AAO-HNSF 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting & OTO Experience. Access to the Comprehensive week – Each registrant will receive a welcome email with login instructions once the AAOA Annual Meeting Registration list is imported. The deadline to register to get the access is October 15th.


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AAOA Practice Resource Tool Kit

The American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy (AAOA) Practice Resource Tool Kit is intended as a guide to help AAOA members integrate allergy into their otolaryngology practice and to continually improve on this integration as new information, regulations, and resources become available.

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by Jami Lucas, AAOA CEO/Executive Director

Leap to Moon AAOA CEO Update

We recently had the opportunity to write the Wikipedia page for AAOA.  It makes you stop and ponder.  Who is the AAOA?  Who do we represent?  What is our “Why” as an organization.

Your leadership pondered these same questions recently at our strategic retreat.

While I am been fortunate to serve the AAOA for over 20 years, my start with otolaryngology goes back to 1985 when I joined the AAOHNS staff as a public relations assistant.   That role gave me great insight into otolaryngology.  It truly is a unique surgical specialty.  With the blend of medical and surgical disease management and the breadth of the specialty, otolaryngologists have more opportunity to develop a rapport with their patients and sometimes the patients’ families as referrals.

AAOA and its members are unique as well.  Many of the “subspecialty” societies have a refined focus on one component of otolaryngology and membership is predominantly academic.  Allergy diagnosis and management and the related inflammatory disease is a core component of otolaryngology.  Most of AAOA’s members are private practice, general otolaryngologists.  They tend to see it all or share it all with their partners.

So what is it that brings folks to the AAOA?  Why do they join? Why do they stay? 

If you looked at our “what,” you would consider the well-reputed educational programming and member advocacy.

But what if you looked at the “why”?   The community sense within the AAOA is that our members believe allergy is a vital component of otolaryngology.   As Dr. Platt notes in his leadership blog, “the ability to understand all facets of allergic disease has allowed me to better care for my patients in a comprehensive rhinology practice.”   I do not think Dr. Platt’s view is unique.  I think it is what many of the AAOA members have come to understand.  To be a compleat otolaryngologist — having all necessary or desired elements or skills — one needs to incorporate the diagnosis and management of allergy and related inflammatory disease.  Perhaps this is the siren song, so to speak, that draws  each of you to not only join, but to be an engaged part of the AAOA community.

As we look toward AAOA’s future, we are building on this “why” to better support our community.