About the Columbia Allergy & Asthma Clinic
The Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic is a state-of-the-art facility that provides comprehensive evaluation and treatment for adult and pediatric patients suffering from allergy related illnesses such as asthma, hay fever, and hives.
The clinic provides a full range of services, including all forms of allergy testing, medical care, immunotherapy (allergy shots), and consultation regarding environmental control measures to help alleviate allergy symptoms. The clinic also stocks an array of allergy control products and supplies, as well as medical equipment such as nebulizers for the treatment of asthma.
In addition to regular outpatient therapy, the clinic has an extended stay facility where patients can undergo testing or treatment that requires several hours to complete. Examples of such services include medication desensitizations, “rush” immunotherapy, and placebo-controlled food challenges.
The Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic also has its own in-house lab facility for in-vitro allergy testing, which distinguishes it from other clinics in the area. Having his own lab allows Dr. Jain to receive results and prescribe treatments to patients much more quickly. The facility also provides clinical lab services for patients receiving medical care elsewhere. The lab offers free specimen pickup and twenty four hour turnaround time for laboratory results.
Sanjeev Jain, MD, PhD
Educated in allergy and immunology at Yale University, Dr. Jain first received a joint MD and PhD from the University of Wisconsin and finished his residency at the University of Texas. He then taught and practiced at the University of Washington Medical School in Seattle, where he developed a reputation as one of the finest allergists in the region. He has won numerous awards and is included in the Guide to America’s Top Physicians consistently for the last several years.
As an allergist, Dr. Jain treasures the opportunity to witness his patients make dramatic improvements after years of suffering.
He can recall several instances where his patients who had previously required repeated hospital admissions for asthma exacerbation have returned to normal lives free of hospitalizations. In Dr. Jain’s experience, most patients can achieve significant improvements by determining the individual triggers of their allergic reactions and by instituting an appropriate therapy.
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Stephen Fritz, MD
Dr. Fritz is a Portland native who has returned to this region after having successful practices in Wyoming and Idaho. Dr. Fritz received his undergraduate degree at Tulane University, his medical degree at St. Louis University School of Medicine, and completed his residency in internal medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. His fellowship training in allergy and clinical immunology was completed at the University of Michigan Hospital which is home to a top ten medical center as well as the oldest allergy training program in the United States. Dr. Fritz has extensive experience in clinical research studies, and he brings the wealth of this knowledge in treating every one of his patients.
Paul Cheng, MD, PhD
Dr. Paul Cheng is a board certified physician specialized in asthma and allergy diseases of children and adults. He completed his fellowship training in allergy, asthma and clinical immunology at UCSF and has taught there as a volunteer faculty for 15 years. He is a fellow of American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Cheng has practiced in Fremont Tri-City area for 20 years, providing comprehensive and personal care to patients of all ages and ethnicity in this diversified community. He is fluent in English, Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese.
Dr. Cheng is very active in community services through churches and mission organizations. He travels to Asia for short-term medical mission every year. He is married to Mei, and together they have three sons. Two of them are following in Dr. Cheng’s footsteps in pursuing a medical career.
Renu Gandhe, MD
Dr. Renu Gandhe is a Board Certified Allergy/Immunology and Asthma specialist. She was born and raised in India and completed medical school at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Nagpur, a renowned medical institute in India. She did her Pediatrics residency at Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi, TX. During residency, she was involved in a research project related to the prevalence of asthma in children residing near sources of petrochemical air pollution. This, in addition to having a child with asthma and food allergy, has motivated her interest in the field of Allergy and Immunology. She completed her fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX, in 2014. She worked as an Allergist/Immunologist in Marin County for 2 years after graduating. She recently relocated and joined the Columbia Asthma & Allergy Clinic in August 2016.
Dr. Gandhe considers herself a clinician and truly enjoys being a part of clinical practice. She enjoys seeing both pediatric and adult patients with various allergic conditions. She very strongly believes in patient education and considers it a crucial part of comprehensive patient care. She has been actively involved in educating the community and has done food allergy talks for pediatricians, school nurses and teachers.
Dr. Gandhe lives in Fremont with her family. In addition to taking care of her patients, she enjoys listening to music and spending time with family and friends.
Jon Welch, MD, PhD
Dr. Welch received his Ph. D in Pharmacology from Louisiana State University, where he went on to complete training for his MD degree. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics at West Virginia University. On the first day of his rotation in Allergy and Immunology, he realized the impact this field would have on his life. As a sufferer of allergies, asthma and atopic dermatitis, he came to realize, not only was there help for him, but he could help others with atopic disease. He inspired the creation of the fellowship program in Allergy and Immunology, while at West Virginia University. Dr. Welch was the first fellow to complete the program. He found is calling and dedicated his professional career to helping those who suffer from Allergic and Immunologic diseases.
Aside from his professional career, Dr. Welch enjoys the great outdoors of the Pacific Northwest with his three teenage children hiking, camping, and boating.
Michael Noonan, MD
Dr Noonan switched from engineering to medicine when he realized that he wanted to work with people instead of design and numbers. After graduating from The University of Nebraska, he received his training as a pediatrician at the University of Oregon Medical Center, and later also went to the prestigious National Jewish Hospital for advanced training in Allergy and Immunology. Over the ensuing decades, he has cared for thousands of asthma and allergy patients. For every patient, he devotes as much commitment, energy, and heart as he would for his 13 kids and 28 grandchildren. He is also an accomplished clinical scientist well known for his pioneering research for the treatment of allergic diseases and asthma.