Top Docs 2012 Guide

Bouboulis, Denis A.

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  • Allergy Immunology

Essential Information

Address 125 Strawberry Hill Ave.
Stamford, CT 6902
Phone203-323-7744
Website URL www.advanced-allergy.com

DR. DENIS A BOUBOULIS earned his medical degree from New York Medical College and interned at Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. He completed his residency at Stamford Hospital and his fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He receives a lot of referrals from doctors throughout the country, even before spring allergies erupt.
“Allergies are not just sneezing, and itchy, watery eyes,” he says. “They’re an inflammation of the entire respiratory tract. When that happens, it leads to asthma and recurrent infections—primarily sinusitis and also bronchitis. The respiratory tract is unable to clear germs that land on it. People who have allergies are unable to clear infections completely unless their allergies are treated.” Treatments are “not one-size-fits-all. It is important to determine the cause. If you treat just the symptoms, you’ll never be successful,” he says. He notes that diagnosis for strep throat is often missed because the infection may be in the sinuses or adenoids, not necessarily where the swab is used.
Dr. Bouboulis is one of the leading physicians in the country treating children with PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal infections), which many doctors mistake for Tourette’s syndrome. The disease manifests itself as an obsessive-compulsive disorder, with tics, anger, aggressive behavior and severe separation anxiety. “It is not a psychiatric disease, but a medical disorder,” he says, and “it affects the well-being of entire families.” This condition results in “the postinfectious stimulation of the immune system, with the production of antibodies and cytokines that cross the blood-brain barrier and attack vital nerve cells. These antibodies, created in an attempt to fight off infection, cross-react with brain tissue, manifesting neuropsychiatric symptoms.” Dr. Bouboulis urges health-care professionals, including psychologists and psychiatrists, as well as educators, to be vigilant about detecting symptoms of PANDAS, so proper medical treatment can be obtained.

Additional Information

Practice: Advanced Allergy, Immunology & Asthma, pc

Other Office Locations: 106 Noroton Ave., Darien • (203) 655-9904

Medical School: New York Medical College
Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Hospital Affiliations: Norwalk Hospital
Stamford Hospital
New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Organizations: American College of Physicians
Connecticut Medical Society
American College of Allergy & Immunology
American Academy of Allergy & Immunology
American Association of Certified Allergists

Bouboulis, Denis A. - Stamford, CT

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