Summit Shah MD is a successful allergist who founded Premier Allergy located in Dublin, Ohio. His educational background includes learning at Bishop Watterson High School and from here he proceeded to the Ohio State University to pursue his undergraduate degree in medicine. He also chose the Tufts University for residency and this took him 3 years after which he joined the Scripps Clinic for immunology/allergy fellowship.
He established an allergy department at Chalmers P Wylie Outpatient center and also works as an advisor with the My Food Allergy support group. Additionally, he was awarded the Healthcare Hero title due to his contribution to advancing research around dealing with severe food allergies. To know more about his accomplishments and career, here is a comprehensive interview of Summit Shah.
1- Hello Summit, can you please tell us a bit about yourself?
Thank you for this invitation and giving me a chance to share more about myself and what I do. For those who would like to know, I am a passionate healthcare researcher with a specific focus on food allergies. Over the years I have worked on coming up with better ways of dealing with the challenge where many people are faced with different food allergies, and I can say my effort is helping restore the lives of many. Besides my profession, I am a charming and approachable person who likes interacting with different people to learn new things. I am always looking for new opportunities to learn and one of the best ways to do so is get connected to new people.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
I am focused on immunology or allergy and the motivation behind this is that I realized not many experts are available to work on the rising cases of food allergies and related ailments. I believe a lot needs to be done to offer solutions to this problem and joining the field gives me an opportunity to become part of those who are championing for the discovery of a solution. I also find this craft satisfying to pursue.
3- How do you describe your journey in few words?
The journey to this point has been smooth, but when I started, I thought everything would come down tumbling, but after a short while working persistently and passionately giving my best, I was able to gain the strength and today I am happy to celebrate the fruits of the labor I have put into this professional journey.
4- Can you tell us about Premier Allergy?
Premier Allergy is one of my biggest enterprises and being the founder, I feel satisfied to see that the institution is growing to become a leader in allergy testing. We ensure our patients are tested without the use of any needles and we have successfully come up with solutions to deal with a variety of allergens and chemicals.
5- Where do you think you are making an impact?
I believe my contribution to research around food allergies has been one of the biggest achievements I have made so far. I have been working with different professionals to see that we find a solution to most of the allergies ailing many people, and I believe this is a field that is yet to be fully explored so am investing more in that.
6- Have you been named a Healthcare Hero, tell us more?
Yes, I recently was named a Healthcare Hero, and this came as a result of the contribution I have made to ensure research on food allergies proceeds to higher levels. Advancing this research is a key achievement that earned me this award.
7- Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
In the next five years, I believe I will have achieved my goal to stand out as one of the leading experts who managed to bring permanent solutions to different allergies. Additionally, I would like to see Premier Allergy grow to serve different nations across the world.
8- What can you tell young people who are pursuing their dreams?
One of the things I can tell any young person who has an ambition is that they should make sure to hold on to it and work tirelessly to see that their dream comes to life. Most importantly, they should get a mentor as this is the only way to learn efficient ways of doing things and when you make mistakes you have someone to get you back on track.
9- What are you most excited about at the moment?
The effectiveness with which the web has brought healthcare to the hands of people is inspiring and exciting. I am very much interested to be part of the revolution that will enhance access to healthcare through the application of technological channels like the internet.
10- The last word or final thoughts?
My final word is to encourage anyone out there who wants to build something out of their lives and they think they cannot achieve a lot. I tell them to get up and embrace courage in whatever goals they pursue in life.