Dr. Hugh Windom is a distinguished physician and medical researcher who specializes in allergy and immunology. He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and medical degree from Duke Medical School. He then did a research fellowship at The University of Otago in Wellington, New Zealand. After returning to the United States, Dr. Windom completed a postdoctoral fellowship with special training in Allergy and Clinical Immunology at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD.
Dr. Windom founded and acts as Medical Director of Sarasota Clinical Research which conducts clinical drug studies both for the advancement of medical science and the opportunity for patients to have access to new medications, at no expense to the patient. He was the first allergist in Florida to offer food oral immunotherapy and with the help of Drs. Ly and Fergeson, opened the Food Allergy Center of Florida under the Windom Allergy umbrella. Dr. Windom is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the Florida Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society, the Florida Medical Association, and the Sarasota County Medical Society. He is a past President of the Florida Allergy Asthma and Immunology Society and Sarasota County Medical Society.
Currently, Dr. Windom serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of South Florida, Department of Medicine, Division of Allergy and Immunology. Every other week, Dr. Windom participates in an educational conference and training session for medical students in the Allergy Clinic at the James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital in Tampa, Florida. He served on the Board of Directors for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
Dr. Windom has published more than 15 articles in national and international peer-reviewed medical journals. He has presented his research at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American Thoracic Society, the British Thoracic Society, All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida, and at statewide conferences sponsored by the University of South Florida. He often speaks to local organizations about asthma and allergic diseases.
Dr. Windom graduated from Riverview High School after moving to Sarasota in 1960. He married Anne DePetro from Jamestown, New York, and they have four children: Caroline, Porter, Grant, and Reed.
Dr. Ly grew up in North Florida and received her undergraduate education from Florida State University. She proceeded to get her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She then went to the great state of Ohio and completed her pediatric training at the Ohio State University at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. She was ecstatic to come back home to Florida and did her Allergy and Immunology fellowship at the University of South Florida. She has a special interest in primary immune deficiencies and did research in Severe Combined Immunodeficiency, or “Bubble Boy Disease.” Dr. Ly has continued her strong roots to University of South Florida and Florida State University and loves teaching medical students and fellows.
Since working at Windom Allergy, she has found a true passion for taking care of patients with food allergies, asthma, allergic rhinitis, hives, eczema, recurrent infections, and eosinophilic esophagitis. She loves helping families navigate through food allergies and seeing whether they are candidates for food challenges or food oral immunotherapy. She has a particular focus on infant and toddler food oral immunotherapy and stopping food allergies early.
Dr. Ly’s husband, Tan Ly, is an orthopedic spine surgeon practicing at Southeastern Spine Center and Research Institute in Sarasota, Florida. In 2013, they had their beautiful daughter, Evelyn Rose and started the many adventures of parenthood. The fun doubled in 2015 when their son, Tanner was born. Dr. Ly loves to read, travel, and hike the national parks.
Dr. Jennifer Fergeson is a board certified allergist and immunologist. She grew up in Canada and moved to beautiful Sarasota at the age of 12. She graduated from Cardinal Mooney High School (Go Cougars!) and completed her undergraduate degree at the University of South Florida (USF). After graduation, she ventured out to Blacksburg, Virginia, where she received her medical degree from Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, at Virginia Tech. Dr. Fergeson missed the sunshine state so much that she moved back to Tampa to complete her Internal Medicine residency and Allergy and Immunology fellowship training at USF College of Medicine. She served as chief fellow during her final year in Allergy and Immunology fellowship training and stays close to her training program to serve as Clinical Professor of Medicine where she supervises medical students, residents, and allergy trainees in the Allergy Clinic at James A. Haley Veterans Administration Hospital. Dr. Fergeson joined Windom Allergy in 2016 and is so proud to be a part of such an amazing team of doctors, nurses and medical staff. She is married to her high school sweetheart, Matt who is an architect at Sweet Sparkman Architects and together they have two young children.
Dr. Fergeson has a specific interest in the evaluation and management of food allergy. Through the Food Allergy Center of Florida she feels so fortunate to be able to offer her patients a treatment called oral immunotherapy (OIT) that provides safety against severe life threatening allergic reactions to various foods. She also specializes in asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), chronic urticaria/angioedema, rhinitis, drug allergy, and eczema.
Throughout her training at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Dr. Fergeson participated in medical research as a sub-investigator for various asthma, COPD, food allergy, chronic urticaria/angioedema, and rhinitis studies. She is happy to be able to continue her involvement in medical research here at Sarasota Clinical Research *links to Clinical Studies*.
Dr. Fergeson has published articles in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, International Archives of Allergy and Immunology, and the World Allergy Organization Web. She has presented at annual conferences for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and the Florida Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society.
She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the Florida Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society, the American Medical Association, the Florida Medical Association, and the Sarasota County Medical Society.
Dr. Tara Saco grew up in Lakeland, Florida and graduated from Florida Southern College. She received her medical degree from the University of South Florida (USF) College of Medicine. She then completed her Internal Medicine residency and Allergy/Immunology fellowship training at USF. She has an avid interest in drug allergy and mast cell disorders, such as systemic mastocytosis and mast cell activation syndrome. Finding ways to desensitize patients with chemotherapy allergies so that they can safely receive the best chemotherapy to treat their cancer brings her great personal satisfaction. She received specialized training in mast cell disorders and in desensitizing patients who are allergic to chemotherapy and new biologic medications at Brigham & Women/Harvard from Dr. Mariana Castells, a world-renowned expert in drug allergy and mast cell disorders.
Dr. Saco was the American College of Physicians Resident of the Year for the state of Florida all three years of her Internal Medicine residency training. She has published articles in the Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology as well as the American Journal of Physiology. She has given oral presentations at the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, the Florida Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Society, and the Clinical Immunology Society annual meetings. She also attended the first ever American Initiative in Mast Cell Diseases, where she presented a poster on a recently discovered mast cell disorder called hereditary alpha tryptasemia. Dr. Saco also attended the Clinical Immunology Society School, where one Allergy fellow per program is chosen to join other fellows from across the world to learn about immune deficiency from experts in the field.
She joyfully joined Windom Allergy in 2019 while maintaining her close ties to USF as a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Allergy division. She enjoys painting, going to art museums, traveling and reading.
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