Dr. Marek Pienkowski, MD

Dr. Marek Pienkowski, MD

Allergy & Immunology  ·  
Male  ·  
Age 72
Dr. Marek Pienkowski, MD is an allergy & immunology specialist in Knoxville, TN and has been practicing for 34 years. He graduated from Medical University Of Warsaw in 1969 and specializes in allergy & immunology and internal medicine.Read his story

7417 Kingston Pike Ste 101

Knoxville, TN 37919

Contact Information

(865) 584-4112

Insurance Accepted

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  • Aetna
  • Amerigroup (Wellpoint)
  • Beech Street (Multiplan)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee
  • Bluegrass Family Health
  • Cigna
  • Community Health Choice
  • Humana
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Pulmonary Disease
very high
more than 99% of peers
Allergic Reaction
very high
more than 99% of peers
Allergic Rhinitis
very high
more than 99% of peers

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Dr. Pienkowski's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Pienkowski "Marek Maria Pienkowski is a Polish-American medical researcher and clinician focused on broad aspects of immunological diagnosis and treatment. He collaborated in important discoveries related to immunology, viral oncogenes, genetic engineering, and cloning and has implemented desensitization treatments for allergic disorders based on this research into his clinical practice. Pienkowski was born in Poland and earned his M.D. and Ph.D. in Immunology from the Medical University of Warsaw from 1963–71, where he studied and worked under the direction of the distinguished Polish scientist Kazimerz Ostrowski. He served as visiting scientist at the University of Pennsylvania Wistar Institute from 1972-73. Working under the direction of Hilary Koprowski (inventor of the world's first live Polio vaccine), Pienkowski was one of Koprowski's "hand-picked staff of. . . extraordinary scientists. . . [who] had one or more talents other than science. They were creative. They were cultured." At Wistar, Pienkowski collaborated with Koprowski on research into cancer-causing viruses. Upon returning to Poland, Pienkowski became an Associate Professor and Chairman in the Division of Immunology at the Medical Center of Postgraduate Education in Warsaw. In 1974, Pienkowski moved to the U.S. to become Associate Professor in the Department of Anatomy at the Michigan State UniversityCollege of Human Medicine in Lansing. Upon receiving nostrification of his medical degrees in the U.S., Pienkowski became a resident in internal medicine at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, Michigan in 1979 and furthered his education as a post-doctoral fellow in clinical immunology at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland under the mentorship of Professor Phillip S. Norman. Pienkowski's achievements as a medical researcher and clinician as well as cultural ambassador have received recognition. He has been named a Kosciuszko Foundation Eminent Scientist. He was honored by the Tennessee House of Representatives in a House Joint Resolution of Commendment. He has been designated Colonel, Aide de Camp, Governor's Staff in both Tennessee and Kentucky. He has also been recognized by U.S. political figures and groups. He was named Physician of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee Physicians Advisory Board, as well as being awarded the Republican Senatorial Medal of Freedom. He was recognized by the Polish news and opinion magazine Przeglad in 2004 as one of the "100 Most Influential Polish Citizens Abroad." Pienkowski is a member of the American Medical Association, Tennessee Medical Association, American Academy of Allergy and Immunology, European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, and Knoxville Academy of Medicine.He is a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Kosciuszko Foundation."


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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Pienkowski "Each patient deserves individual attention. I am dedicated towards treating every patient as a person, not a series of symptoms."

2  Specialties

  • Allergy & Immunology
  • Internal Medicine

0  Board Certifications

Dr. Pienkowski does not have any board certifications listed.

46  Conditions Treated


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12  Procedures

  • Allergy Shots
  • Allergy Shots for Insect Stings
  • Allergy Skin Testing
  • Allergy Testing
  • Allergy Testing for Hypersensitivity to Insects
  • Allergy Treatment
  • Breath Testing
  • Desensitization
  • Drug Allergy Testing
  • Drug or Food Challenge
  • IV Therapy
  • Patch Testing

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for Tennessee.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • Medical University Of Warsaw
    Undergraduate School | Graduated 1969
  • Medical University Of Warsaw
    Medical School | Graduated 1969
  • Kennedy Institute For Rheumatology, Honorary Student Fellowship In Cytology With Professor Joseph Chayen
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1967
  • Lkb Laboratory-Student Fellowship In Electron Microscopy
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1974
  • U Lund, Student Fellowship In Cytophysiology With Professor Lima De Faria, M.D.
    Internship Hospital | Completed 1970
  • Henry Ford Hospital-Resident In Internal Medicine, Department Of Medicine
    Residency Hospital | Completed 1982
  • Johns Hopkins University, School Of Medicine, Division Of Clinical Immunology
    Fellowship Hospital | Completed 1984
  • Warsaw Medical Academy-Ph.D. In Immunology
    Other Education | Completed 1971

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Order of Merit Recipient, 1996
  • Presidential Roundtable Member, 1995
  • Congressional Committee's Physicians' Advisory Board-Physician of the Year, 2003
  • Member of Senatorial Trust, 2006
  • List of 100 Most Influential Polish Citizens Abroad by Przeglad Publication, 2004
  • Leading Physicians of the World Top Allergist and Immunologist Knoxville, Tennessee, 2011
  • Platinum Member Presidential Trust, 1999
Media & Publications
  • Biophysical Techniques as Appplied to Cell Biology, 1971
  • Handbook of Human Embryology for Medical Students, 1977
  • "Prostaglandin D2 and histamine during the immediate and late-phase components of allergic cutaneous responses"., 1988
  • "Histamine release remains unaffected by clinical desensitization and penicillin"., 1988
  • "Suppression of late-phase skin reactions by immunotherapy with ragweed extract"., 1985
  • Identification of histamine releasing factor(s)in the late phase of cutaneous IgE-mediated reactions, 1986
  • "Influence of osteoprotegerin (OPG) on resorption of heterotopically induced ossicle"., 2004
  • Allergyclinictn.com,

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Polish

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Pienkowski's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Pienkowski to family and friends
43 total reviews (5 have comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (43)

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Dr. Pienkowski's Performance

  • Trustworthiness

  • Explains condition(s) well

  • Answers questions

  • Time well spent


Office & Staff Performance

  • Scheduling

  • Office environment

  • Staff friendliness

  • Average wait time

    10 to 15 minutes

Patient Comments (5)

He's treated me for years. I couldn't live in Knoxville without him!
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Amazing!! He has really been a help to me. He also has a great sense of humor. I was amazed at how well everything was explained to me and how involved he was in the actual testing. He didn't just leave everything up to the nurses to do.
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The Dr. was very knowledgable about allerg/imm. The recep & the shot room nurse were unorganized, demeaning and rude. The first app I had sched for injections-they didn't have me on the sched, my serum was not mixed (causing a HUGE bill for me due to changing ins. $900). They locked the...more
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Dr. Pienkowski and his staff make a tremendous difference in the quality of life for my children and I. I feel fortunate that a little over a year ago a friend recommended I go see Dr. Pienkowski with my son who was suffering from terrible stomach aches and generally poor health. Dr. Pienkowski...more
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TERRIBLE office staff. Don't even bother trying to call anyone to set up an appointment or ask a question. Tried calling 4 times and was hung up on each time. So unprofessional and very rude. Your health means nothing to these people if it means they have to answer a question.
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We use every review as guidance on how to improve the patient experience at our Clinic. Apologies for the delayed reply, but Healthgrades responded to a verification request for this comment a day ago. The experience described in this comment is clearly a marked departure from the standards Dr. Pienkowski has set for over 30 years. Please know every patient is welcome to speak personally with a practice administrator by calling (865) 584-4112, ex. 1106.

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