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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common, chronic lung disease that affects over 25 million Americans. It can occur at any time to anyone. Mild cases may require only occasional therapy while severe asthma may require frequent hospitalizations.

Despite new and improved therapies, asthma is not a curable disease. The keys to managing asthma include:

  • Identifying and avoiding asthma triggers
  • Developing an asthma action plan
  • Following medication directions
  • Reducing side effects of therapy

What are the Symptoms of Asthma?

Common symptoms of asthma include:
  • Shortness of breath
  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness or pain in your chest

UR Medicine's Treatments for Asthma

If you experience an asthma attack and your inhaler is not working, you can seek care at an emergency room closest to you. If your inhaler is working, UR Medicine can provide care through your primary care provider, urgent care, or on-demand video visits. The provider will evaluate your symptoms and determine the best course for treatment. They may refer you for an asthma consultation with one of our specialists. 

UR Medicine’s Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy & Pulmonary Care offers comprehensive care for patients suffering from all forms of asthma. Our team includes internationally recognized asthma experts who emphasize personalized approaches to diagnosis and management.

Your first visit will include a detailed medical history, physical exam and possible testing, including lung function, blood, and allergy testing.

We will work with you to:

  • Identify what triggers your asthma, including environmental and occupational exposures and allergies.
  • Diagnose and treat co-existing conditions that can make asthma worse, including vocal cord dysfunction, rhinitis, sinusitis, and gastroesophageal reflux disease.
  • Explore airflow obstruction using comprehensive pulmonary function testing, including bronchoprovocation testing.
  • Test for immune systems markers for asthma through blood tests and exhaled nitric oxide levels (FeNO).

With our personalized approach, we perform ongoing assessments with a step-by-step approach that includes adding new therapies to help get asthma under control and stopping treatments that are no longer needed. We will work with you to teach you about your disease and about the proper way to use the bewildering array of new inhaler devices now available.

What Sets Us Apart?

We offer cutting-edge diagnostic and treatment services in providing personalized treatment for each patient. Our physicians work closely with colleagues in pulmonary, allergy & immunology, otorhinolaryngology, speech pathology, gastroenterology, and occupational & environmental medicine to provide true multidisciplinary care to our patients.

The physicians in our Mary Parkes Center’s Severe Asthma Program have particular expertise in the management of difficult and severe refractory asthma. Our team of asthma educators, an asthma navigator, nurses, nurse practitioners, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, and physicians work together to provide comprehensive care.

Our experts can offer new approaches to diagnose and treat severe asthma, including FDA-approved biologic therapies (anti-IgE, anti-IL-5 therapy, anti-IL-4-/13, and anti-TSLP) in carefully selected patients with severe, uncontrolled asthma.

As one of six designated World Allergy Organization Centers of Excellence in the U.S., we are dedicated to providing innovative clinical therapies for allergies, asthma, and immune disorders, often working with our team of experts across various disciplines to provide the highest quality care.


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10 locations

Mary Parkes Center for Asthma, Allergy & Pulmonary Care - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 110
Rochester, NY 14623

Allergy, Immunology, & Rheumatology - Rochester

Lattimore Medical Center
125 Lattimore Road, Suite G-110
Rochester, NY 14620

Allergy & Immunology - Brockport

Strong West
156 West Avenue, 3rd Floor
Brockport, NY 14420

Allergy & Immunology - Batavia

7995 Call Parkway, Suite 100
Batavia, NY 14020

Allergy & Immunology - Greece

Canal Landing Professional Park
99 Canal Landing Boulevard, Suite 7
Rochester, NY 14626

Allergy & Immunology - Henrietta

Red Creek (Calkins Corporate Park)
400 Red Creek Drive, Suite 220
Rochester, NY 14623

Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology - Canandaigua

Thompson Professional Building
395 West Street, Suite 007
Canandaigua, NY 14424

Pulmonary Clinic - Rochester

Ambulatory Care Center at Strong Memorial Hospital
601 Elmwood Avenue, 3rd Floor
Rochester, NY 14642

Pulmonary Clinic - Rochester

Highland Professional Office Building
990 South Avenue, Suite 106
Rochester, NY 14620

Pulmonary Clinic - Canandaigua

FF Thompson Hospital
Marilyn Sands Outpatient Clinic, 395 West Street, Door 20
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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Clinical Trials

Our team of physician researchers at the UR Medicine Mary Parkes Center are working tirelessly to advance knowledge of lung diseases and therapies. Clinical trials are a great way to contribute to science and access new treatments. We have clinical trials in asthma that range from observational to advanced treatments. If you are interested in participating in clinical trials or learning more about these studies, please reach out to us.

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