Dr. Madhukar K. Punja, MDDr. M.K. Punja is a board certified allergist/immunologist. He had his residency training in pediatrics at Perth Amboy medical center, NJ and Nassau county medial center in NY. He did his fellowship in allergy/immunology at Fitzsimmons army medical center, CO. He served in the army for 10 years until 1994. He has been in solo practice in Gainesville since 1994. He is board-certified in pediatrics and allergy/immunology.
Special Interests: Allergy, Asthma, Immunology (pediatric and adult patients) Make an Appointment
33 years of experience
Board Certified:Pediatrics, Allergy/Immunology
Medical School:M.B.B.S., Kasturba Medical College, India, 1975
Residency:(Pediatrics) Raritan Bay Medical Center, NJ, 1981-1983; (Pediatrics) Nassau County Medical Center, NY, 1983-1984
Fellowship:(Allergy/Immunology) Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center, Aurora, CO, 1991-1992
Board Certifications:American Board of Pediatrics 1986, American Board of Allergy & Immunology 1993 & 2003
What does board certification mean?A board certified allergist/immunologist is a physician who has fulfilled the requirements of and has received certification as a diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) and/or the American Board of Pediatrics (ABP) followed by additional certification by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology (ABAI), a conjoint board of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Pediatrics.
The purpose of certification by the ABAI is to provide assurance to the public and the medical profession that a certified allergist/immunologist has successfully completed an accredited educational program and an evaluation process, including a secure, proctored examination. ABAI certification also assures that the physician possesses the knowledge, skills, and experience requisite to the provision of high-quality patient care in allergy and immunology. The ABAI believes that all allergists/immunologists should have a fundamental knowledge of the biological science basic to this discipline, and that ABAI is responsible for the establishment and maintenance of the standards of knowledge required for certification.
Why is it important to be board certified?Diplomates of the ABAI have detailed knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology and the method of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of allergic diseases such as allergic rhinitis, allergic asthma, urticaria, anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity pneumonitis, atopic and contact dermatitis and allergic gastrointestinal disorders as well as comparable clinical problems without an apparent allergic etiology or component such as vasomotor rhinitis, non-allergic asthma and idiopathic and/or hereditary forms of urticaria and/or angioedema. Expertise in the management of pulmonary complications of certain of these diseases is a further prerequisite.
In addition, diplomates of the ABAI possess breadth and depth in the understanding of immunochemistry, immunobiology and applied pharmacology and experience in the application of this knowledge to the diagnosis, management and therapy of immunologic diseases, such as inborn or acquired defects of host resistance, autoimmune diseases, bone marrow and solid organ transplantation, gene replacement therapy, adverse drug reactions, and other conditions associated with an abnormality of the immune system. Because allergy and clinical immunology is an evolving and expanding area of medicine, diplomates may vary in their detailed knowledge of some of the aspects of allergy/immunology as defined above. Diplomates have demonstrated to the satisfaction of their peers that they possess the general qualifications specified.