Dr. Summit Shah of Premier Allergy is a longtime Central Ohioan who is proud to now be in a position to give back to the community in which he was raised. As a young man growing up in the area, Dr. Shah experienced difficulties stemming from serious asthma- and allergy-related issues, something many of his friends and family members also experienced while living in and around the Columbus area. This early-life experience is part of the reason Dr. Shah set his sights on a medical career specializing in asthma, allergy, and immunology.
Prior to founding Premier Allergy in his hometown of Columbus, Dr. Shah studied medicine at The Ohio State University, including as an undergraduate as well as a medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine. In order to meet his residency requirements, Dr. Shah left the Columbus area to complete a residency in internal medicine at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
With an opportunity to study under some of the leading experts in the field of severe asthma, food allergies, and allergic disease at the Scripps Clinic and the University of California, San Diego, Dr. Shah accepted an allergy fellowship and relocated to Southern California. After experiencing life on both the East and West Coast, Dr. Shah ultimately made the decision to return home to Central Ohio, where he serves as an allergist at the practice he owns and runs, Premier Allergy.
In order to give back to his community to an ever greater degree, Dr. Shah teaches at his alma mater, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, and also continues to perform clinical research in the area. Dr. Summit Shah, who is the founder of the Chalmers P. Wylie Veterans Outpatient Center’s allergy department, is involved in a number of additional endeavors in support of his local community, where he is well known for his commitment to providing patients with consistently exceptional medical care.
In what city/state was your first house located and approximately what year did you buy it?
Our house is located in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and we bought it shortly after returning to the area and founding my medical practice.
What was your living situation prior to buying your first house? Where/with whom/etc?
My family and I had already decided to return to Central Ohio on a permanent basis, so we rented a home just outside of Columbus while looking for the ideal house.
What motivated you to purchase your first house?
I’ve spent most of my life in Columbus and Central Ohio, so I know the area quite well and couldn’t imagine a better place to raise my family.
How did you go about getting the money together to buy it?
My wife and I had saved up more than enough money to get my practice up and running with enough left over to buy the home of our dreams.
When you purchased, were you thinking of it as an investment or as a place to start a family. Please elaborate.
More so as a place to raise a family, but every home purchase is essentially an investment in the local community.
What are 3 things you liked most about the house?
It’s in a quiet neighborhood with lots of other families, but it is still close enough to my practice and university campus that my commute is always relatively easy.
Was there anything you didn’t like about it?
There wasn’t anything we disliked aside from a few minor details; we made sure to take our time in order to find the perfect house for our needs, even if it meant renting for a few more months.
Did you make any improvements or major renovations to the house?
We restored some of the original hardwood floors, and my wife and I have recently been discussing strategies for improving some of the outdoor living spaces.
Please share 1-2 of your fondest/funniest memories from living there.
It’s just nice to be back home in Central Ohio and to see my kids grow up in the same community I did. I get to see a lot of my old friends from the area — many of whom have kids of their own — which is really nice.
Do you still live there or did you sell it or renting it?
We still live in our beautiful Central Ohio home.
What advice would you give other first time home buyers?
We looked at the time and money spent renting a home in the area as part of our overall investment in buying a home. This allowed us to take our time until we found the right house in the right area, all while living in the area itself. I’d advise first-time homebuyers to consider the benefits of adopting a similar perspective toward renting during the process of buying a home.