Advocacy Council’s new leaders

January 27, 2020

Advocacy Council’s new leaders

The Advocacy Council of ACAAI is fortunate to have strong leadership for the next two years – Chair James M. Tracy, DO, FACAAI and Vice-chair Warner W. Carr, MD, FACAAI.

Dr. Tracy’s service to the College has spanned more than 25 years, where he’s been a member of multiple committees and currently serves on the College’s Board of Regents. He has served as the Vice-chair of the Advocacy Council for the last two years. His leadership in the development of an Alternative Payment Model (APM) for Asthma has prepared the College to help its membership with the transition to value-based care, should it occur.

He has worked with the Joint Task Force for Health Care Reform and visited frequently with national legislative representatives in Washington, DC. He has also been a member of the Food and Drug Administration’s Pulmonary Allergy Drug Advisory Committee. This breadth of experience has given him a unique national perspective on the changes and challenges facing allergists/immunologists in both academic and private practice.

Dr. Tracy’s leadership roles, in patient access as well as integration with local, state and regional allergy societies, have provided him an avenue to strongly advocate for the specialty and the patients we serve.

He trained at Wilford Hall USAF Medical Center and divides his professional time as volunteer faculty at the University of Nebraska and as managing partner of a large multi-state allergy and immunology practice. He continues to actively publish in the areas of insect allergy, anaphylaxis, chronic infections and practice management.

Dr. Carr, as the incoming vice chair of the Advocacy Council, wants to preserve, protect and advance the private practice of allergy so patients will continue to have access to allergists in all practice settings. Understanding the complex issues that confront the practicing allergist and being able to advocate on a national level sit close to his heart.

He wants to impact the private practice of allergy in the following areas:

  • Physician health
  • Health of Allergy as a specialty
  • Important partnerships with outside groups
  • Practice management
  • Influencing the MOC process to support the practicing allergist

Dr. Carr served 17 years in the Armed Forces and is a decorated combat veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Recognized as a leader in the field of allergy and immunology, he has served on several national boards, including the College’s Board of Regents. He is past president of the California Allergy Society and the Western Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. In addition, he has extensive experience in the field of clinical trials. He has served as a medical officer at the Food and Drug Administration and as the principal investigator for numerous clinical trials. His interests include asthma, allergic rhinitis, food allergy and allergic skin diseases.

Dr. Carr is a co-owner and partner at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California and co-medical director of Southern California Research. He is founder of the Food Allergy Center at Allergy and Asthma Associates of Southern California Medical Group in Mission Viejo, where he practices both adult and pediatric allergy.