About Dr. Krystyna Alimurka, M.D.
Dr. Alimurka has practiced in the Chattanooga area for more than 30 years providing comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for patients of all ages for allergies, asthma and immunological diseases.
How Did I get Here?
Growing up in rural Southern Ontario, I had little appreciation of the scope of allergic diseases. As hayfever is less common in rural areas, my plans were more lofty: to pursue a career in cancer research. However, this viewpoint changed due to a close relationship with two of my nephews. Over the next decade, my nephews developed severe hayfever. I further contributed to their misery by innocently providing them a beagle puppy and two, fat guinea pigs. It quickly became evident that they were allergic to them. At this point I decided to focus on allergic diseases.
Several other experiences in life impacted my desire to focus on allergic diseases. I had a college classmate who aspired to be an Olympic swimmer, yet was denied that chance because of her severe asthma. Her asthma and the debilitating affects of the treatment destroyed her dreams. The breakthrough in research and new therapies for allergies and asthma occurred approximately 15 years later.
I had episodes of asthma myself. Apparently, I had “twitchy airways” from my childhood due to secondary cigarette smoke exposure.
A neighbor was diagnosed with “bird fancier’s lung disease” from prolonged exposure to the parrots she had kept in her home for many years. She passed away within six months of the diagnosis.
We all know that allergies impact the lives of many in our community. Improving the quality of life for someone is extremely gratifying to me, and I see that my patients’ quality of life has greatly improved. With treatment, they are now able to enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and any sport or exercise they choose. Ultimately, they are able to get back to enjoying life.
I love my chosen field of medicine because I make a positive difference in the life of my patients every day.
Dr. Alimurka attended The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada where she obtained her Honors Bachelor of Science Degree in Medical and Biological Sciences, followed by her M.D. Degree. She did her residency in Internal Medicine and a Fellowship in Allergy and Immunology at The University of Toronto, Ontario, Canada as well. In addition, Dr. Alimurka did basic research in immunology for several years. In 1979 she moved to Chattanooga.
Dr. Alimurka is Board Certified in Internal Medicine by the American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certified in Allergy and Immunology in both Pediatrics and Internal Medicine by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Currently, Dr. Alimurka is on staff at Memorial Hospital Chattanooga and Hixson.