Medical Advisory Board


Robert M. Naclerio, M.D.

Dr. Naclerio is the Section Chief, Otolaryngology at University of Chicago. Dr. Robert Naclerio is internationally recognized for his landmark research in allergic and non-allergic rhinitis. His research projects have been funded, in part, by the National Institutes of Health. In his clinical work, Dr. Naclerio specializes in the management of sinusitis in children as well as adults.


Recognized for his extensive research and clinical expertise, Dr. Naclerio has presented more than 400 lectures in the United States and foreign countries. He also has published more than 280 clinical articles and 70 book chapters. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of Archives of Otolaryngology, American Journal of Rhinology, Rhinology, and Laryngoscope.

William E. Berger, M.D., M.B.A.

Dr. Berger is Board Certified in both Pediatrics and Allergy and Immunology. He founded the Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California Medical Group in 1981 in Mission Viejo, California where he practices both adult and pediatric allergy.  Dr. Berger served as President of both the Orange County and California Societies of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He is a member of the joint Task Force on Practice Parameters, Chairman of the Managed Care Committee of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and Chairman of the Mission Hospital Institutional Review board. A former Medical Correspondent for the Orange County Newschannel, Dr. Berger is the author of many academic papers and lay press articles in the field of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, including the recently published book "Allergies and Asthma for Dummies."

In 1995, Dr. Berger established the southern California research Center, focusing on respiratory and allergy clinical research projects. To further his educational goals, in 1997, Dr. Berger received his Masters in Business Administration from the graduate School of Management of the University of California, Irvine. He holds dual appointments as Clinical Professor at the College of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Allergy and Immunology, and Adjunct Professor of Health Care Management in the Graduate School of Management at the University of California, Irvine.

Dr. Berger received his M.D. degree from the University if Cincinnati College of Medicine in 1973. He then completed an internship and residency program in Pediatrics at the UCLA Medical Center in 1976. Dr. Berger pursued additional training at the National Jewish Hospital and Research Center where he served as a Fellow in Allergy and Immunology form 1976 to 1978.


Michael Blaiss, M.D.

Dr. Michael S. Blaiss is Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis and in private practice in Memphis at Allergy and Asthma Care.  He has presented at more than 250 meetings and seminars throughout the world on such topics as allergic rhinitis, asthma, socioeconomic subjects in allergy and asthma, and issues in compliance and adherence.

Dr. Blaiss has written for several peer-reviewed journals, including Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, and JAMA, as well as several allergy textbooks.  He has co-edited one text, Atlas of Allergic Diseases. In addition, he is a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Asthma and the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.


Dr. Blaiss is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and was named to the list of Best Doctors in America for 1999-2008.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and is a Past President of the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology.


Dr. Blaiss received his medical degree from the University of Tennessee Center for Health Sciences.  After completing his residency at Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, he completed a fellowship in allergy/immunology at Ochsner Medical Foundation in New Orleans, Louisiana. 


Benjamin S. Abella, M.D., M.Phil

Benjamin S. Abella, MD, MPhil, is a practicing emergency physician at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and the Clinical Research Director of the Center for Resuscitation Science at the University of Pennsylvania.  He maintains a vigorous research program in emergency care, with support from the NIH, Medtronic foundation and industry sources.  He has published over 100 original peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters and editorials, and is a prolific speaker at national and international meetings on emergency care.

Dr. Abella received his MD from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and completed residency training in both Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine at the University of Chicago.  He also completed a Master’s degree in Genetics at Cambridge University (UK).  He has been on faculty at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania for the past seven years.