This session provides an overview of PCN allergy testing, including the indications, the advantage of testing, and the basics of the procedure. Candidate selection and patient criteria for testing will be discussed, as well as interpretation and next steps.
Meet the Presenter
Christine Franzese, MD
Christine Franzese, MD is a general otolaryngologist, with a specialty focus on Allergy and Sinus Diseases, and Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology at University of Missouri Medical Center. She is a native of Watkins Glen, NY and received her undergraduate degree from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. She received her M.D. from SUNY Upstate Medical Center and completed her residency training at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center and the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She stayed on as faculty at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for eight years where she was Residency Program Director, as well as Associate Professor and Chief of Otolaryngology at the G.V. “Sonny” Montgomery V.A. Medical Center.
She is a former Past President of the American Academy of Otolaryngic Allergy [AAOA]. Prior to that, she was President, President-Elect, and Treasurer of the AAOA, and Chair for the Section of Women in Otolaryngology in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery [AAO-HNS]. She has also served on the AAO-HNS Annual Program Committee and as Consultant to the AAO-HNS Allergy and Immunology Committee. She has taught at many allergy courses, including the AAOA Basic Allergy and Immunology Course, the AAOA Advanced Allergy and Immunology Course, and was co-Course Director for the AAOA Interactive Allergy & Rhinology Course. She has served as the first Chair of the SUO-Otolaryngology Program Directors Organization, as a member of the AAO-HNS Rhinology and Paranasal Sinuses Committee, and as a Member-at-Large on the AAOA Board of Directors. She has authored many scientific papers and is Chief Editor and one of the authors of “The Handbook of Otolaryngic Allergy” published in 2019. She has a special focus on biologics and treating allergic disorders, including inhalant allergy, penicillin allergy, allergies to stinging insects, food allergy, asthma, atopic dermatitis and urticaria.