Cindy Salm Bauer, MD '07, FEL '13, finished her fellowship only four years ago – but in that short period of time, she has made significant contributions to the field of allergy and immunology in Phoenix, Arizona.
In 2013, Dr. Bauer was hired by Phoenix Children's Hospital, tasked with establishing its Allergy and Immunology Clinic. "With Phoenix being the sixth-largest city in the US, I knew the need for allergy/immunology care would be great and embraced this offer," says Dr. Bauer. "I filled my clinic the first day we were open, and have filled it every day since!"
As with many children's hospitals, Dr. Bauer's clinic attracts patients needing multidisciplinary or coordinated care. This need was so great at Phoenix Children's Hospital that shortly after Dr. Bauer's clinic opened, it began partnering with the hospital's gastroenterology, dermatology, transplant and pulmonary specialties to create multidisciplinary clinics. She has since become the co-director of the Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disease Clinic and the Immunohematology Clinic.
"Being the founder of the Allergy and Immunology Clinic was a great opportunity, though I'd be lying if I didn't say it was intimidating," notes Dr. Bauer. "I'm honored that I was the one who was given this amazing chance and have enjoyed every aspect of establishing our allergy/immunology team."
During the time Dr. Bauer has been practicing medicine in Arizona, it has become apparent to her that there is a great need in the region. "There is so much pollen here," Dr. Bauer remarks. "I feel bad that there is no snow to give my patients a little break, like we had in Wisconsin!"
To serve this need, Dr. Bauer helped Phoenix Children's Hospital establish an allergy and immunology fellowship in conjunction with Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. Fellows will spend time treating adults at Mayo Clinic Arizona and treating pediatric patients at Phoenix Children's Hospital. The first fellow recently started, and Dr. Bauer already has been fielding questions about the position for 2018. "The idea for a fellowship had been at Mayo Clinic Arizona for a while," shares Dr. Bauer. "With our growing presence at Phoenix Children's Hospital, it made the perfect partnership. It's truly going to be a great place to train allergists/immunologists!"
Dr. Bauer's own fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin provided her with the training and background to promote newborn screening for Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) in Arizona. "When I was at MCW, Wisconsin had become the first state to screen for SCID under the leadership of Dr. John (Jack) Routes," she adds. "I really felt my career came full circle when I was able to successfully advocate to make Arizona the 48th state to screen. I met with senators and testified in court. I had seen the benefits of the screening firsthand and wanted Arizona to share in this life-saving intervention. It was a very rewarding day when we [Arizona] began screening for SCID this past August!"
Dr. Bauer's list of accomplishments continues to grow. "Further opportunities just keep coming to Phoenix Children's Hospital – from research on asthma with the University of Arizona to research on food oral immunotherapy," she says. "It brings me great satisfaction to participate in studies that will benefit children."
– Samantha Zimmerman
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