Physician Experts

Once you have been diagnosed with AGS, you may find that your physician is less familiar with AGS than you had hoped. Below are lists of:

  • The experts in alpha-gal syndome. 
  • Physicians recommended by experts

Make an appointment with one of them, if you can. If you can’t, there is a second  list of patient recommended physicians.

You  can also ask other people with AGS to recommend a doctor near you. A good place to ask is the Alpha Gal Support Nonpublic Facebook group. You can find a link to it at the bottom of this page.

Click on the boxes below to go the physicians’ websites

The Experts

United States

Dr. Scott Commins

UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic
6013 Farrington Road, Bldg 200, Suite 300
Chapel Hill, NC 27517
919.962.4824

Dr. Commins sees patients in the UNC allergy clinic and maintains an active research laboratory. His primary research and clinical interest is the recently described red meat allergy. This unique food allergy appears to be brought on by tick bites and can develop at any time throughout life, even after many years of enjoying beef, pork or lamb. Patients develop an allergic response to the sugar alpha-gal and the resulting allergic reactions are often delayed 3-6 hours after eating mammalian meat. Dr. Commins often sees patients in the allergy clinic with difficult to diagnose food allergies or allergic reactions.

Dr. Erin McGintee

ENT and Allergy Associates
365 County Road 39A, Benton Plaza
1st floor, Unit 3
Southampton, NY, 11968

Tel: 631.283.1142

Dr. Tina Merritt

Allergy & Asthma Clinic of Northwest Arkansas
1900 S.  Walton Blvd
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712

Dr. Merritt has done research on Alpha-gal, an allergy to beef, pork, and gelatin related to tick bites, and is part of the Arkansas Alpha-gal Task Force. She is the director of White Cell Support Group, a nonprofit support group for patients with primary immune deficiency. Dr. Merritt is a noted speaker for asthma, allergy and immune deficiency. She participates in the Food Allergy Research and Education Walk every year and the National Asthma Screening for the past 16 years. 

Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills

UVA Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology
UVA Medical Park Northridge
Third Floor, Suite 311 2955 Ivy Road (250 West)
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434.924.2227

There are conflicting reports about whether Dr. Platts-Mills is seeing new patients.

Thomas Platts-Mills, MD, is a professor of medicine and microbiology at UVA. Dr. Platts-Mills joined UVA’s faculty in 1982 and has served as chief of the Allergy division since 1993. He has also served a term as president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (AAAAI). In 2010, Dr. Platts-Mills was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for his research into the causes of asthma and allergic disease. The Royal Society is the United Kingdom’s national academy of science and the oldest scientific academy in the world. Only a small number of fellows are physicians, and Platts-Mills is the first allergist ever elected. His election was based on more than 30 years of research on the role that dust mite, cat and cockroach allergens play in the development of allergic disease and asthma. Dr. Platts-Mills led the team that discovered and described AGS. He also wrote Diagnosis and management of patients with the alpha-Gal syndrome.

Dr. Jeffrey Wilson
UVA Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

UVA Medical Park Northridge
Third Floor, Suite 311 2955 Ivy Road (250 West)
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434.924.2227

UVA Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

UVA Medical Park Northridge
Third Floor, Suite 311 2955 Ivy Road (250 West)
Charlottesville, VA 22903
434.924.2227

This is Dr. Thomas Platts-Mills’ and Dr. Jeffrey Wilson’s practice. All of the allergists at this practice are reputed to be very knowledgeable about AGS.

Australia

Dr. Sheryl van Nunen

Clinical Associate Professor
Sheryl van Nunen Allergy Consulting
40 Johnson Street Chatswood NSW 2067
(02) 9412 4322

Only in office Mondays and Wednesdays

Specialist Recommended Allergists

All the below doctors were recommended by physicians with expertise in alpha-gal syndrome.

Kentucky

Dr. Lee Clore

Allergy & Asthma Specialists, PSC
3604 Wathens Crossing
Owensboro, KY 42301
270.684.6144 

Oklahoma

Dr. Jane Purser

Allergy Clinic of Tulsa
918.307.1613