Dr. Gottlieb’s path to caring for patients with allergic diseases and asthma began in medical school. Each year he would leave for Des Moines University, tissues in hand, seeking refuge in the air conditioning because of his ragweed-induced itchy eyes and stuffy nose. As his education and training continued, he sought out elective rotations in allergy/immunology. His exposure to the field of allergy confirmed that this was the area of medicine where he would specialize and then spend his life caring for patients with allergic diseases, asthma, and immune disorders.
Dr. Gottlieb did his internal medicine residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan, and then completed a combined adult and pediatric allergy/immunology fellowship at St. Louis University School of Medicine. While he enjoyed treating patients of all ages and across the entire spectrum of conditions allergists care for he developed a keen interest in treating patients with nasal-sinus disease while at St. Louis University, which was nationally known for research on sinus disease and its link to severe asthma. This area of medicine remains of strong interest to Dr. Gottlieb today.
Dr. Gottlieb also specializes in treating a group of conditions called eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders, or EGID’s. The most common of these is eosinophilic esophagitis, or EoE. This more recently identified disorder is usually triggered by food but behaves differently than a food allergy. Dr. Gottlieb has published on EoE in major allergy journals, presented abstracts, and has lectured at national meetings on this condition. He has helped numerous patients through the continually evolving aspects of EGID’s. Helping patients with challenging medical conditions, and the therapeutic advances in the field of allergy, is a passion of his.
Advancements in science keep Dr. Gottlieb excited about medicine, but the time he spends with his patients, improving their quality of life, gives him the most satisfaction. As a child, Dr. Gottlieb recalls being a frightened patient himself. He loves speaking with his pediatric patients to explain on their level what their allergy visit will entail and how he is going to help them feel better.
Dr. Gottlieb is married to his lovely, though, allergic wife, has three wonderful (and allergic) children, and a cockapoo named Ruthie. He enjoys the family trash talk when they play Euchre, the continual challenge of golf, and strives to improve his piano playing.
Dr. Gottlieb joins Atlanta Allergy & Asthma after almost 30 years of allergy practice experience in South Carolina. He is excited to bring his years of experience to allergy sufferers in Athens and its surrounding communities.