Marissa Shams, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine


Dr. Shams is an assistant professor in Allergy/Immunology at Emory University School of Medicine and The Emory Clinic where she manages the care of adult allergy, asthma and immunology patients. She joined the Allergy/Immunology practice at Main Campus-Clifton Road in the fall of 2014; and Emory-St. Joseph’s Hospital in the fall of 2015. She is an Atlanta native and attained her bachelor of science degree in Biology, Honors Magna Cum Laude at University of Georgia.  She graduated from medical school at Mercer University School of Medicine in 2009 and completed her medicine residency at Tulane University Hospital in New Orleans, LA in 2012.  For her Allergy/Immunology fellowship, she returned to Atlanta to attend Emory University School of Medicine. 

Her clinical focus is in providing comprehensive allergy & immunology care; with specific interests in urticaria, asthma, primary immune deficiency, environmental influence in allergic disease and patient adherence/education.

She has presented her research projects on the state, regional and national level on a variety of allergy & immunology topics. Dr. Shams has been interviewed by Fox5 News, NPR (, CBSradio, NBC Today Show and Emory Magazine. In addition to her clinical duties she is involved in teaching at Emory University School of Medicine and is invested in training young physicians.

Dr. Shams is very involved in the Allergy/Immunology community. Currently she sits on the Executive Board the Advocacy Council of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and Allergists for Israel, and was named one of the top Jewish Leaders under 40 in Atlanta in both 2014, 2017. She was recently named Secretary for Allergists for Israel. She also serves on numerous committees for both the American College Asthma Allergy Immunology and American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 

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