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Get to Know the Newest Board of Director Members

When you voted last year for the At Large Board of Director candidates, you learned a lot about their careers and their visions as members of the Board. Today, we invite you to learn a bit more about their passions, their interests within the A/I field and their personal lives.
Anil Nanda, MD, FAAAAI
Anil Nanda, MD, FAAAAI, is currently working in a solo community-based private practice, The Asthma and Allergy Center, Lewisville and Flower Mound, Texas. He is also Clinical Volunteer Faculty, Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center.
“I consider myself a general allergy and immunology physician,” he said. “I am always a student and enjoy gaining additional knowledge about the various fields we have in our wonderful specialty.”
While not working or engaging with the A/I community, he enjoys following college and professional sports, especially football. “I try and visit college and professional football stadiums in every city I visit, and am able to attend some live games at the different stadiums around the country during football season,” he said.
When asked about his favorite ways to engage with the AAAAI community, he pointed to participation in AAAAI committees and the AAAAI Leadership Institute. “There are so many opportunities to join committees and contribute. I have improved my leadership skills and continue to strive to improve these skills through the AAAAI Leadership Institute Mentorship Program and the Leadership Course at the AAAAI Annual Meeting. These are special opportunities for our members to become even better leaders in our field,” he said.
Rebecca Scherzer, MD, FAAAAI
Rebecca Scherzer, MD, FAAAAI, emphasized that the AAAAI interest sections, committees and working groups are the heart of the AAAAI community. “The members of these groups always look towards the goal of improving patient care and teaching the next generation of learners about allergy and immunology,” she said. “The connections that one can make continue to grow as you get more involved. It just takes ‘a few clicks of the keyboard’ at the AAAAI website to learn more and get started!” She is a Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Section Chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology as well as the Ohio State University/Nationwide Children's Hospital Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program Director. She’s also the Pediatric Medical Student Education Program Director/Clerkship Director.
When she’s not at work, she enjoys relaxing with friends and family, traveling and baking. While at work, Dr. Scherzer enjoys seeing patients with a range of diagnoses within the field. “I appreciate the fact that in just one clinic, I get to work with patients and families to manage a wide variety of symptoms often with many different treatment options,” she said. “One of my favorite parts of my job is working with learners to introduce them to our specialty and teach key concepts of allergy and immunology.”
Marcus S. Shaker, MD, MS, FAAAAI
Marcus S. Shaker, MD, MS, FAAAAI, is passionate about value in healthcare, education and advocacy to ensure access to allergy and immunology care. He’s been closely involved in the development of practice guidelines related to a variety of A/I conditions including rhinitis, diagnostic testing, food allergy, eosinophilic esophagitis, chronic sinusitis, drug allergy and more. He is currently a Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
When asked how he likes to engage with the greater A/I community, he said “I don’t think anything can replace the ability to sit down to dinner with friends and colleagues at our AAAAI meetings. Add in the mix of service and fundraising for our future by supporting young, enthusiastic and brilliant new investigators – well, that’s the icing on the cake!"
He added, "Beyond A/I professionals, I enjoy connecting with my patients in clinic. It is hard to beat the feeling of seeing a toddler eat a first peanut butter cup during a successful course of food oral immunotherapy.” When he’s not working, he likes to spend time exploring the beautiful Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont with his family and when he has the time, camping under the stars.