Donald Pulver, M.D., Emeritus

7Dr. Pulver, is the grandson of an upstate New York dairy farmer and son of a veterinarian. He considers himself the “black sheep” in the family for going to Cornell and73 becoming a physician instead of a veterinarian like his brother and father.   Currently, he is a Clinical Associate Professor in Medicine at the University of Rochester and founding partner of Allergy Asthma Immunology of Rochester (AAIR).  Don has had clinical medical experiences in Ashton, Idaho and Zambia, East Africa as a general practitioner.  He worked as an emergency room doctor in upstate New York before turning his attention to allergy specialty training in 1977-79 at the University of Rochester.  He was in private allergy practice from 1979-85 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  He returned to Rochester in 1985 to form AAIR and to be near his and his wife’s (Robin) families.

Don is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.  He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology (AAAAI).  Currently he is one of 80 certified nationwide aeroallergen examiners for the AAAAI and the National Allergy Bureau (    Dr. Pulver, also known as “Dr. Pollen” by his friends, is responsible for the daily pollen counts that appear in the Democrat & Chronicle and on WOKR 13 TV each morning during the spring, summer, and fall in Rochester, New York.

His clinical interests and research are in aerobiology, sinusitis and asthma.  He is actively engaged in the teaching of Medicine and Pediatric residents and trainees in Allergy and Immunology.  He has lectured extensively in upstate New York and is known for his interactive approach to teaching and learning.  Robin Pulver, Don’s lovely wife, is a well-known author of children’s books including the classic, “Mrs. Toggle’s Zipper.”  Her latest books are “Punctuation Takes a Vacation” and “Christmas For A Kitten.”  She recently was invited to read her books at the White House Easter Egg Roll. Her works can be viewed and read at AARRC and AAIR and also on her website at