Allen J. Salem M.D., F.C.C.P.

dr-salemOne of my great professors was fond of saying, “Salem, it is all about passion for your profession and compassion for your patients. Practice those tenets and success is ensured.” Indeed he was correct. I take great pride in the fact that I have always been an avid reader of the current medical literature assuring the patient and referring physician of up-to-date, state-of-the-art, evidence-based diagnoses and treatment. Compassion for my patients can be summarized by a statement I frequently make to my patients, “You will never hear me say, there is nothing else I can do for you,” because there always is.

Since the completion of my fellowship, I have had the opportunity to practice in a number of settings. I began my career as an assistant professor of medicine in Ohio where I was cochairman of critical care and Medical Director of the respiratory care department. From there, I was a member of the department of pulmonary critical care in a large multi-specialty clinic. I served as chairman of the Department of Medicine and Chief of Critical Care at a moderate sized progressive hospital for five (5) years. Next, I was off to the great state of Texas, briefly associating with a hospital-based pulmonary critical care group.

For the last seven (7) years, I have served Grayson and Cook Counties providing the highest quality of care. Currently, I am the only fellowship trained, board certified, pulmonologist in those counties. I diagnose and treat a wide range of problems including sleep apnea, snoring, restless leg syndrome, asthma, COPD, emphysema, chronic cough, sinusitis, allergic rhinitis, shortness of breath, bronchiectasis, pulmonary hypertension, rheumatoid, lupus and scleroderma-related lung diseases.

However, my passion for the last several years has centered around sleep medicine having seen thousands of patients for sleep apnea and sleep related problems and reviewing well over one thousand (1,000) polysomnograms. I have recently been admitted for the Medicine Board Certification Exam. With board certification comes the opportunity for an accreditation of the newly opened, state-of-the-art sleep lab located in Gainesville.

Sleep medicine has become a hot topic for both doctors and patients. It is a fact that sleep apnea and snoring affect not only the quality of sleep and daytime functioning, but overall cardiovascular health. Many centers, including a recommendation from the Mayo Clinic in January of this year, are stressing that screening for obstructive sleep apnea become part of the patient’s interview and workup. Treatment for sleep apnea and snoring can have profound effects both on daytime functioning and in the prevention and improvement of diabetes, hypertension, congestive heart failure, and stroke, to mention a few.

My dedicated office staff and I look forward to being able to continue to diagnose and treat patients in our community.