Physician Experts

Physicians with Expertise in the Diagnosis and Management of Alpha-gal Syndrome

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 on 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 for recommendations in the Alpha-gal Support Nonpublic Group or from a member of the Emotional Support Team.

The Experts


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


Leitung Dr. med. Jörg Fischer


Eberhard Karls University Tuebingen
Liebermeisterstraße 25

07071 29-83471

Montag bis Donnerstag 8:00-12:30 Uhr und 13:30-15:30 Uhr
Freitag 8:00-12:30 Uhr und 13.30-14.30 Uhr

South Africa

Dr. Michael Levin

University of Cape Town
Room 516

ICH building
Red Cross Children’s Hospital
Klipfontein Road, Rondebosch

+27 (0)21-658-5311

Dr. Tshegofatso Mabelane

About Allergy
369 Milner Street,


+27 (0)72 227 8761

United States

Dr. Scott P. Commins, MD, PhD

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


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. Onyinye Iweala

UNC Allergy & Immunology Clinic
3300 Thurston Building
Campus Box 7280
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7280


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


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


Expert-Recommended Allergists

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


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. Lee Clore

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


New York

Dr. Erin McGintee

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



Dr. Jane Purser

Allergy Clinic of Tulsa



UVA Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology

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


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.

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