AAISG Officers 2022 – 2024


Gerald Lee, M.D.

Dr. Gerald Lee is an assistant professor in the Section of Allergy and Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine. He is the director of the Allergy/Immunology fellowship training program. His academic interests are severe asthma and medical education.

President Elect

Rodney Johnson, M.D.

Dr. Rodney Johnson is native to Dublin, Georgia and understands the need for local physicians and specialists. He graduated with honors from Dublin High School and then with honors from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Science degree in biomedical engineering. He attended medical school and completed his Internal Medicine residency training at the Medical College of Georgia.


Dean Firschein, M.D.

Dr. Firschein moved to Athens Georgia in 1998 and began his medical training in New York City where the emergency rooms and physicians’ offices were filled with patients suffering from their allergy and asthma. Patients were missing work or school due to uncontrolled symptoms and Dr. Firschein found that many of these patients lacked clear asthma and allergy care plans but were often treated with multiple medications to temporarily relieve symptoms.

“My philosophy is to work with the patients and their families to develop effective and practical treatment plans that allow them to take control of their Asthma and Allergies allowing them to enjoy a normal lifestyle.”


Jennifer Shih, M.D.

Dr. Jennifer Shih is a board-certified physician and Assistant Professor in the department of medicine and department of pediatrics at Emory University. She practices allergy, asthma, and immunology both at Emory Children’s Center and adult Emory Clinics. She is the Director of the pediatric allergy clinics and the Assistant Director of the adult asthma, allergy and immunology clinic. She established the Pediatric Transition Immunology clinic at Emory University in 20013. She received her doctor of medicine from Louisiana State University Medical School in New Orleans as one of ten students accepted in the accelerated medical school program. She subsequently completed residency training and allergy/immunology fellowship training at Emory University. She has presented at multiple national meetings in her field with research interests including asthma, food allergy, transplant immunology, and primary immunodeficiencies. She has appeared on media outlets such as CNN, WebMD, and with Sanjay Gupta.


Julie Ellerbee