Our practice was the first allergy group in South Carolina and was opened in 1961 by Dr. Charles Banov. Dr. Banov was in solo practice for many years in downtown Charleston and the history of his practice is documented in the book Office Upstairs, A Doctor’s Journey. Dr. Banov served as president for the American College of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (ACAAI). Dr. Albert Finn joined the practice in the 90’s after serving as the allergy fellowship director at Stony Brook in New York.
Dr. Allen Kaplan later joined the practice after being the former Director of the Allergic Disease section of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with an international reputation in the diagnosis and treatment of allergic skin diseases. Dr. Allen Kaplan served as both the president of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) and the Academy of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology (AAAAI). With the addition of Dr. Kaplan, the practice name was changed to National Allergy, Asthma, and Urticaria Centers of Charleston. This name was chosen because our practice was the nation’s only specialized treatment and research facility for the allergic skin diseases of urticaria and angioedema. Patients have traveled from all over the US and world to see our top ranked allergy doctors for chronic hives and swelling.
Our practice has done clinical research for over 25 years with leading pharmaceutical companies. Most of the medications that treat allergies, asthma, allergic skin diseases have been studied in our research center.
In 2017, our practice changed its name to National Allergy and ENT with the addition of our first Ear, Nose, and Throat doctor, Dr. Joseph Russell.