Meet Jim Allen, MD; Pulmonologist and Critical Care Physician

I’m Dr. Jim Allen. I’m a pulmonary critical
care physician at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. I’m a third generation
doctor. My grandfather was a general practitioner in Durham, North Carolina. My father was a
neurologist here at Ohio State. My wife’s also a pulmonologist in pediatric pulmonary
at Nationwide Children’s so I I really come from a a long family of of physicians and
that’s one of the reasons why I became a physician. And I became a pulmonary physician because
I was really intrigued by the complex physiology as well as the the diagnostic challenges of
patients. And nowhere else is the diagnostic challenges and the detective work more important
than interstitial lung disease. When a patient comes to see me in the office they’re really
not just seeing me. They’re seeing our whole pulmonary team. And that consists of a lot
of different people. It includes the nurses in the clinic. It includes the nurse practitioner
that I’ve worked with for fifteen years here at Ohio State. It includes the respiratory
therapists that do pulmonary rehabilitation and do the pulmonary function testing. And
so it really is a team approach and so the patient’s going to see not just me but also
other members of the team, all of whom play an important role in the overall treatment
of that patient. The other thing that our patients will see is our trainees, medical
students, residents or fellows in pulmonary who rotate through our different clinics in
order to get experience taking care of these diseases so that we can be sure that one of
our when one of our trainees leaves Ohio State and becomes your physician in your own community,
that they’re going to be well trained and you can have confidence in their training
and expertise. One of the things that I like the best about being a physician and particularly
being an interstitial lung disease physician is the personal relationships that you can
develop with your patients. In interstitial lung disease I’m usually going to be not only
diagnosing the patient but also following them for years. I have patients that I’ve
taken care of for more than twenty years in the clinic with their interstitial lung diseases.
And so you can really develop those physician to patient and interpersonal relationships,
which I think are really important for keeping us grounded with what’s most valuable in medicine,
which is treating the patient.

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