Meet Justin Greiwe - one of our medical advisors. He shares his knowledge and expertise to help Nectar utilize best practices and adhere to the most up-to-date evidence as we continue to grow.
1. Tell us a little bit about yourself. Do you have any allergies?
I received my medical degree from the University of Toledo College of Medicine followed by pediatric residency at University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital in Cleveland and Allergy & Immunology fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. I have always been drawn to the field of Allergy & Immunology because of the positive impact I can have on my patient’s quality of life. Through mutual partnership and continued education, my goal is to provide the very best evidence-based care for all my patients. Outside of work I’m a busy father of four kids and enjoy biking, gardening, and cooking. I am one of the few allergists I know who doesn’t suffer from allergies, but I’ve gained a unique appreciation for the suffering my patients with allergies endure during my years of clinical practice.
2. What is your job? What’s the best part? The most challenging part?
I am currently a partner at Bernstein Allergy Group and Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Cincinnati. My favorite part of my job is interacting with patients and helping them to relieve the burden of their underlying allergic disease. The conditions that I treat as an allergist encompass some of the most common chronic conditions affecting millions of people throughout the U.S. The most challenging part of my job is trying to reach as many of these patients as possible so that they can experience the benefits of good allergy control.
3. What do you do for Nectar?
As a member of their medical advisory board, I share my knowledge and expertise to help Nectar utilize best practices and adhere to the most up-to-date evidence as they grow their platform. Drawing from my experience as a practicing allergist, my insights help shape the direction the company takes so that Nectar can provide the very best care possible.
4. What’s the biggest misconception people have about allergen immunotherapy (both subcutaneous and sublingual immunotherapy)?
Many people who start on allergen immunotherapy believe this treatment option is a quick fix. While immunotherapy can be very effective in reducing daily symptoms and improving quality of life, this treatment option requires time and a commitment measured over years, not days or months.
5. How do you foresee the treatment of allergies changing in the future?
There have been huge advancements in the treatment of atopic conditions, including allergic rhinitis, over the last decade. As our knowledge of the immune system improves, we have been able to cater treatment to mirror individual sensitivities, triggers, and drivers of disease effectively moving away from a generalized treatment approach towards more personalized care.
6. What’s your favorite outdoor activity and have allergies ever gotten in the way?
I live in my garden when I’m not working or hanging out with my kids, and while a lot of my patients dread that intense flush of pollen in the springtime, I welcome the arrival of the pollination season as I watch my garden come to life.