Rafael “Ray” Firszt, MD

Dr. Rafael (Ray) Firszt leads Tanner Clinic’s Allergy, Asthma and Immunology specialty alongside Dr. Douglas Jones as one of the top allergy specialists in the nation. Dr. Firszt helps his patients understand and treat their specific allergies. Dr. Firszt’s practice is located at the Rocky Mountain Allergy office in Tanner Clinic’s Murray location.

Dr. Firszt completed his schooling and pediatric residency at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He then fulfilled his residency at Montreal Children’s Hospital and his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Duke University in North Carolina. After concluding his fellowship in 2011, Dr. Firszt moved across the country to Utah where he began his career at the University of Utah.

During his time at the University of Utah, Dr. Firszt served as Division Chief of the Allergy and Immunology Division at Primary Children’s Hospital. He developed and was the Medical Director of the Food Allergy Center at Primary Children’s Hospital in collaboration with Food Allergy and Research Education (FARE). He was involved in extensive research of food allergies and Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and has numerous publications in these areas.

Dr. Firszt has experience treating patients with a diverse set of allergic and immunological conditions. While food allergies are his primary area of focus, Dr. Firszt has extensive experience treating patients with EoE, asthma, allergic rhinitis (hay fever), sinusitis, hives, immune system complications and recurring infections.

With so many patients seeking treatment for their allergies, Dr. Firszt keenly opened his practice at Tanner Clinic where he could dedicate more time and flexibility to his patients. The board certified specialist says being at Tanner Clinic is “an opportunity for growth” for both Tanner Clinic’s allergy specialty, and for the clinic’s presence in the Salt Lake area. Yet overall, the allergy specialist’s number one priority is to continue providing top-quality care for his patients.

When Dr. Firszt is not caring for his patients, he can be found with his wife and three kids or at the ice rink playing hockey.

What Patients Say About Dr. Firszt

“An excellent doctor! He is very knowledgeable with the most up to date treatment. He spends time educating and helping me know why he is recommending a medical approach. I have seen other allergy and asthma doctors over the years but have never been treated as well or felt I was with a more advanced specialist than Dr. Firszt.” – Scott Google, December 2017

“Dr. Firszt is not the first allergist we have seen, but he will definitely be the only one going forward. He has helped both of our daughters more in a short time, than all the others compiled. If you feel like you still don’t have answers, or need someone to listen, or someone to think outside the box…. he’s your guy. I recommend him HIGHLY to anyone I know.” – Jodie, Google, December 2017

“My child has been going to Dr. Firszt for over three years and I am so happy that he is at Tanner Clinic now! Scheduling appointments and talking to a nurse when we have questions is so much easier than it was when we saw him at Primary’s. We are also excited for more therapy options like OIT. Dr. Firszt is a very knowledgeable doctor and I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs to be seen by an allergist/immunologist.” – Rebecca, Google, November 2017

“We are an EOE family and we have chosen to follow Dr. Firszt to Tanner Clinic. He is an exceptional doctor. He listens, he is compassionate, knowledgeable, understanding, and we appreciate that his goal for our children is always that their lives be as unencumbered by this disease as much as possible. He is quite simply fantastic.” – Amy, Google, November 2017

“We’ve seen Dr. Firszt at Primary’s and now at Tanner Clinic. He has worked with our son who is five years old with EOE and with our 1 year old who is anaphylactic to Milk. He is so well educated across the board and is cautious yet progressive in his approach. He put me at ease when I was stressed about doing a baked milk challenge. At Tanner Clinic he is more personable and relaxed then I’ve ever seen him. So grateful to have him as part of both our sons medical team.” – Stacie, Google, October 2017

“Great clinic with a wonderful team. Highly recommended for anyone who needs to see an allergist. I suffered for 2 years and then was able to see Dr. Firszt and he was able to help me be able to breath finally.” – Bob, Google, October 2017

“My mom was suffering with a severe allergy,We have seen a couple of Doctors in the past 2 years, only Dr. Firszt finally help my Mom. He is really great and his staff is very nice and courteous.” – Mary Ann, Google, October 2017

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