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Dr. Maryam Zarei completed her training in Allergy and Immunology in 2001 at Center for Medical Education, Kaiser Permanente, in Los Angeles. Dr. Zarei is a Board Certified pediatric and adult Allergist, a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and a member of the medical staff at Children’s Hospital of San Diego, Palomar/Pomerado Medical Center, and Scripps Memorial Hospital. She is the past president (2006-2008) of the San Diego Allergy Society, and has been a member of the San Diego County Medical Society since 2001. Dr. Zarei has also been involved in clinical research, and was the recipient of the First Place Clemens Von Pirquet national award for best research by a fellow, from the American College of Allergy.

She obtained her undergraduate degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Iowa in 1992, and went on to obtain her medical degree in 1996 from the Medical College of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. She completed her Residency training in general pediatrics at the University of Irvine and was Board Certified in 1999. She relocated to San Diego in 2001 and became an associate physician at Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center in San Diego, where she was involved in a number of research projects, in addition to giving many lectures to area Physicians and allied Healthcare Workers.

She worked as an associate with Allergy & Immunology Medical Group, with offices in Vista, Escondido and Poway. In 2007 she opened her own Practice in the Poway Area. She is passionate in providing outstanding, personalized care in areas of asthma, environmental and drug allergies, vaccine allergies, immunotherapy. Other areas include contact skin disorders, anaphylaxis, urticaria, eczema, angioedema, venom hypersensitivity, food allergies, mold sensitivity and chronic sinus disease. Dr.Zarei and her staff are dedicated to teaching patients about their conditions, offering the most up- to-date forms of disease management.

I grew up in a family of teachers, and struggled after immigrating to the USA during my early teens to find my path. Education was greatly valued, I started to volunteer during freshman year of college at my local hospital, at the university of Iowa pediatric cancer center, and found my niche, and I wanted to help people. I felt at home in a hospital. While doing an Honors research project in college, I got introduced to the field of Immunology, and that is when I realized how amazingly complicated the human body was, with its ability to heal. Medicine became my choice, I later met a mentor who was an allergist, and I found my calling in this subject, in a field that allowed me to care for the entire family.

My time off is spent with my 2 kids and husband, taking in the beauty of the world, fieldtrips to the zoo, museums, and parks. I particularly enjoy long hikes, dancing, Zumba. I continue to struggle to master peace of mind with yoga, and meditation. I enjoy cooking, creating healthy recipes, and aspire to become a pure vegetarian one day.

While I have many favorite quotes, my two most favorite are “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give” Winston Churchill, and “Let the beauty of what you love be what you do” Rumi.

I light up when I see my patients, some whom are now my mentors, teaching me what it is like to live with illness, with grace. I have learned that “life is not a Journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and proclaiming, Wow, What a ride!” DC 76 years old.

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