Gerald Vanderpool, MD

“I am a Board Certified Allergist and limited my practice to treating adult and pediatric patients with allergies and bronchial asthma.  When I was asked if it would be beneficial to my patients to have all their pertinent medical history and recent lab test results on a USB Flash Drive that would fit on their key chain or in a man’s pocket or a ladies purse, I said yes! I believe that everyone with a chronic disease should definitely have one.  In fact, this information being so readily available could potentially save any ones life.  Drug interactions can be fatal and having a list of all medications the patient is taking could prevent life threatening situations.

In my field, the patient would list any allergies to medication, foods, or insects.  They would list the medications that they are taking and if they have other problems that the doctor should be made aware of such as diabetes or heart disease.  This information would be especially beneficial to doctors confronted with an emergency situation when a patient is travelling domestically or abroad.

Unfortunately, asthmatics are more apt to have a crisis event requiring an emergency room visit when their out of their “protected” environment.  Dirty hotel rooms or visiting relatives with pets are frequently the cause for these E.R. visits.  The doctor in the emergency room when confronted wit a patient who cannot breath needs all the information he can get.

I would recommend that all my patients get one and have it on person, especially when traveling.”

Gerald Vanderpool M.D. is a Board Certified Allergist who founded the Atlanta Allergy and Asthma Clinic in Atlanta, GA in 1971.  It quickly grew to become the largest allergy clinic in the United States.  In 1986, he founded and became CEO of Medical of Allergy and Asthma Centers of America.  This was a national allergy company with offices in 22 states and Washington DC, employing more than 60 allergists.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma, the American Association of Certified Allergists and in 1987 he was honored by the American College of Allergy and Asthma with the title of Fellow Distinguished.  He was president of the American Association of Certified in 1987 to 1988.  He moved to Hilton Head Island, SC in 1991 where he practiced until he retired in November of 2005.