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Awards and Lectureships

The College acknowledges excellence in and dedication to the field of allergy and immunology with our awards, scholarships and named lectureships.

Gold-Headed Cane Award

The Gold-Headed Cane Award, voted on by members, honors a Fellow of at least 20 years who best demonstrates the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity to make the master doctor.

See the 2020 Candidates

2019 Dana V. Wallace, MD

2018 Sami L. Bahna, MD, DrPH

2017 Gailen D. Marshall, Jr. MD, PhD

2016 Bobby Q. Lanier, MD

2015 Eli O. Meltzer, MD

2014 Peter B. Boggs, MD

2013 Michael S. Blaiss, MD

2012 Rufus E. Lee, Jr., MD

2011 Ira Finegold, MD

2010 Raymond Slavin, MD

2009 Emil J. Bardana, Jr., MD

2008 Donald W. Aaronson, MD, JD

2007 Betty B. Wray, MD

2006 Phillip L. Lieberman, MD

2005 John C. Selner, MD [D]

2004 Elliot F. Ellis, MD [D]

2003 Edward J. O’Connell, MD [D]

2002 Joseph A. Bellanti, MD

2001 Harold S. Nelson, MD

Clemens von Pirquet Awards

Three awards are given each year to Fellows-in-Training whose accepted abstracts are deemed the best paper on any aspect of allergy/immunology or related fields.

Distinguished Fellow Award

This award is presented to a Fellow who has made significant contributions to allergy, asthma or immunology in the United States or Canada and/or has an outstanding reputation as a clinician/teacher, dedication to ACAAI activities, scholarly achievement and leadership qualities.

2019

  • John Oppenheimer, MD
  • James Tracy, DO

2018   

  • Mark Corbett, MD
  • Dana V. Wallace, MD

2017

  • Gary N. Gross, MD

2016   

  • Chitra Dinakar, MD
  • Paul J. Downling, MD

2015    

  • Warner W. Carr, MD
  • Kevin P. McGrath, MD
  • J. Allen Meadows, MD

2014   

  • David A. Khan, MD
  • Todd A. Mahr, MD

2013   

  • Richard G. Gower, MD
  • Daniel Ein, MD

2012   

  • Myron J. Zitt, MD

2011   

  • Bryan Martin, DO

2010   

  • Kathleen May, MD
  • James Sublett, MD

2009   

  • Michael B. Foggs, MD
  • Gailen D. Marshall, MD, PhD

2008   

  • John E. Moffitt, MD [D]

2007   

  • Ernest N. Charlesworth, MD

2006   

  • Richard D. deShazo, MD
  • Marianne Frieri, MD, PhD

2005   

  • John Andrew Grant, MD
  • Mark T. O’Hollaren, MD

2004   

  • Sami L. Bahna, MD, DrPH
  • Lawrence DuBuske, MD
  • Jorge A. Quel, MD

2003   

  • Charles J. Siegel, MD
  • Richard W. Weber, MD

2002   

  • Phillip Lieberman, MD
  • Anthony Montanaro, MD
  • Suellyn S. Rossman, MD

2001   

  • William K. Dolen, MD
  • Jay M. Portnoy, MD
  • Nathan Segall, MD

2000   

  • Stanley M. Fineman, MD
  • Lawrence S. Mihalas, MD

1999   

  • Linda B. Ford, MD
  • Bettina C. Hilman, MD
  • Richard Nicklas, MD

1998   

  • William E. Berger, MD
  • Alexander McCausland, MD [D]
  • William W. Storms, MD
  • Susan Rudd Wynn, MD

1997   

  • Ira Finegold, MD
  • John M. O’Loughlin, MD

1996   

  • Michael S. Blaiss, MD
  • Douglas S. Heiner, MD
  • Don Q. Mitchell, MD
  • Diane E. Schuller, MD [D]

1995   

  • Hyman Chai, MD [D]
  • Bob Q. Lanier, MD
  • Robert M. Miles, MD
  • Stuart L. Rusnak, MD
  • Robert T. Scanlon, MD [D]

1994   

  • Arnold A. Gutman, MD [D]
  • John C. Selner, MD [D]

1993   

  • Herbert C. Mansmann, Jr., MD [D]
  • Eli O. Meltzer, MD
  • R. Michael Sly, MD

1992   

  • Emil J. Bardana, Jr., MD
  • Allan T. Luskin, MD
  • Edward J. O’Connell, MD [D]
  • Warren Raymer, MD [D]

1991   

  • Burton M. Rudolph, MD
  • Sheldon L. Spector, MD [D]
  • Dale B. Sparks, MD

1990   

  • Donald W. Aaronson, MD
  • Martin J. Kaplan, MD
  • Betty B. Wray, MD

1989   

  • Jean A. Chapman, MD [D]
  • Bernard T. Fein, MD
  • R. Faser Triplett, MD [D]

1988   

  • Donald C. McLean, MD
  • Robert Moore, MD [D]
  • Warren Richards, MD

1987   

  • Charles H. Banov, MD
  • Peter B. Boggs, MD
  • Robert J. Brennan, MD
  • Lloyd V. Crawford, MD [D]
  • Joel D. Teigland, MD [D]
  • Gerald E. Vanderpool, MD [D]

1986   

  • Robert N. Hamburger, MD [D]
  • John G. Leonardy, MD [D]
  • Harold S. Nelson, MD

1985   

  • Joseph E. Ghory, MD [D]
  • Rufus E. Lee, Jr., MD
  • Roland B. Scott, MD [D]

1984   

  • Gilbert D. Barkin, MD [D]
  • James C. Breneman, MD

1983   

  • Robert J. Dockhorn, MD
  • William T. Kniker, MD [D]

1982   

  • Robert J. Becker, MD [D]
  • G. Everett Gaillard, MD [D]
  • Solomon D. Klotz, MD [D]

1981   

  • Joseph A. Bellanti, MD
  • T. Reed Maxson, MD [D]

1980   

  • Albert E. Hensel, Jr., MD [D]
  • Melvin Newman, MD [D]

1979   

  • Cecil Collins-Williams, MD
  • Meyer B. Marks, MD [D]
  • Orville C. Thomas, MD [D]

1978   

  • Susan C. Dees, MD [D]
  • William C. Grater, MD [D]
  • Frank Perlman, MD [D]
  • Frederick Speer, MD [D]

1977   

  • Harold A. Abramson, MD [D]
  • Bernard A. Berman, MD [D]
  • Ethan Allan Brown, MD [D]
  • Ben C. Eisenberg, MD [D]
  • Wm. Sawyer Eisenstadt, MD [D]
  • Philip M. Gottlieb, MD [D]
  • Mayer A. Green, MD [D]
  • Ralph Hale, MD [D]
  • Lowell L. Henderson, MD [D]
  • G. Frederick Hieber, MD [D]
  • Lamar B. Peacock, MD
  • George E. Rockwell, MD [D]
  • Nathan E. Silbert, MD [D]
  • Boen Swinny, Sr., MD [D]

1976   

  • Eloi Bauers, JD [D]
  • Paul F. deGara, MD [D]
  • John D. Gillaspie, MD [D]
  • Giles A. Koelsche, MD [D]
  • Stephen D. Lockey, MD [D]
  • Homer E. Prince, MD [D]

1975   

  • William H. Browning, MD [D]
  • Jerome Glaser, MD [D]
  • French K. Hansel, MD [D]
  • Merle W. Moore, MD [D]
  • M. Murray Peshkin, MD [D]
  • Leon Unger, MD [D]
  • Orval R. Withers, MD [D]

1974   

  • J. Warrick Thomas, MD [D]

1973   

  • Howard G. Rapaport, MD [D]

1972   

  • M. Coleman Harris, MD [D]

1971   

  • John P. McGovern, MD [D]

International Distinguished Fellow Award

This award is presented to an individual who lives outside the United States and Canada and demonstrates an interest in ACAAI activities and/or has participated in one or more of its international endeavors, or who has an outstanding reputation as a clinician/teacher, scholarly achievement and/or leadership qualities.

2019   

  • Stephen Holgate, MD

2018   

  • Mübeccel Akdis, MD

2017   

  • Tak Hong Lee, MD

2016   

  • Rudolf Valenta, MD

2015   

  • Nelson Rosario-Filho, MD, PhD

2014   

  • Mario Sanchez-Borges, MD
    Tatiana Slavyanskaya, MD, PhD

2013   

  • Sandra N. Gonzalez-Diaz, MD, PhD

2012   

  • Bee Wah Lee, MD
  • Revaz Sepiashvili, MD

2011   

  • Giovanni Pajno, MD
  • Fares H. Zaitoun, MD

2010  

  • Sang-Il Lee, MD
  • Jia Yin, MD

2009   

  • G. Walter Canonica, MD
  • Yehia M. El-Gamal, MD, PhD

2008   

  • Alejandro Escobar-Gutierrez, MD

2007 

  • Ignacio Ansotegui, MD
  • Desiree L. Larenas-Linnemann, MD
  • Noel Rodriguez Perez, MD

2006

  • Ruby U. Pawankar, MD
  • Daphne Tsitoura, MD, PhD

2005

  • Carlos E. Baena-Cagnani, MD [D]
  • Todor A. Popov, MD
  • Paul van Cauwenberge, MD

2004   

  • Daniel Aguilar, MD
  • Kamal M. Hanna, MD
  • S.G.O. Johansson, MD

2003   

  • Helen Hei-ling Chan, MD
  • Pakit Vichyanond, MD

2002   

  • Alessandro Fiocchi, MD
  • Constance Katelaris, MD

2001   

  • Anthony J. Frew, MD
  • Marek L. Kowalski, MD, PhD
  • Maurizio Miraglia del Giudice, MD

2000   

  • Sergio Bonini, MD

1999   

  • Sebastiano Guarnaccia, MD
  • Joao Ferreira Mello, MD

1998   

  • Giovanni Cavagni, MD
  • Cassim Motala, MD

1997   

  • Giuliano Baldini, MD
  • Natalio Salmun, MD

1996   

  • Mario La Rosa, MD
  • Hugo E. Neffen, MD

1995   

  • Charles K. Naspitz, MD

1994   

  • Julio Croce, MD
  • Moises Zebede, MD

1993   

  • Antero G. Palma-Carlos, MD
  • Sten Dreborg, MD

1992   

  • Sami L. Bahna, MD
  • Attilio Boner, MD
  • Luisa Businco, MD [D]

1991   

  • Israel Glazer, MD
  • Samuel Malka, MD

1990   

  • Felicidad Cua-Lim, MD [D]
  • Jose Huerta Lopez, MD

1989   

  • Jose Luis Cortes, MD
  • Angel M. Marchand, MD [D]

Distinguished Service Award

This award is presented to individuals who demonstrate tireless effort, dedication and enthusiasm in service to the College.

2018   

  • Paul Dowling, MD
  • Renata Engler, MD

2018   

  • Alnoor Malick, MD
  • John Oppenheimer, MD
  • Gina Seegers
  • Tonya Winders

2017   

  • Stephen Imbeau, MD      

2016   

  • Phillip L. Lieberman, MD
  • Michael R. Nelson, MD

2015   

  • Mary Lou Callaghan [D]

2014   

  • Felicidad Cua-Lim, MD [D]
  • Barbara Finegold
  • Kathleen May, MD

2013   

  • Jacqueline R. Bellanti
  • Kevin P. McGrath, MD
  • Anthony Montanaro, MD
  • Charles J. Siegel, MD

2012   

  • Tao T. Le, MD, MHS
  • Nancy Sander

2011    None

2010  

  • Joseph Belanti, MD
  • Daniel Ein, MD

2009   

  • Myngoc T. Nguyen, MD
  • Talal Nsouli, MD
  • Dana V. Wallace, MD

2008   

  • Marianne Frieri, MD, PhD
  • Todd A. Mahr, MD
  • Robert M. Miles, MD
  • Don Q. Mitchell, MD
  • Nathan Segall, MD
  • Richard W. Weber, MD

2007   

  • Charles H. Banov, MD
  • Linda S. Cox, MD
  • Gailen D. Marshall, MD, PhD
  • Betty B. Wray, MD

2006   

  • Donald W. Aaronson, MD
  • Harriet A. Burge, PhD
  • Jean A. Chapman, MD
  • Ernest N. Charlesworth
  • Lyndon E. Mansfield, MD

2005   

  • Sami L. Bahna, MD, DrPH
  • Bobby Q. Lanier, MD
  • Edward J. O’Connell, MD [D]

2004   

  • J. Spencer Atwater, Jr., MD
  • G. David K. Hopper, MD
  • Lawrence S. Mihalas, MD
  • Kevin R. Murphy, MD
  • John W. Yunginger, MD

2003   

  • Gary N. Gross, MD
  • Claude Lenfant, MD
  • John A. Winder, MD

2002   

  • Lynn des Prez
  • Daniel Rotrosen, MD
  • Doris Stoll, PhD
  • R. Faser Triplett MD [D]

2001   

  • Ira Finegold, MD
  • Jim Slawny [D]

2000    None

1999   

  • Practice Parameters Task Force
  • William Berger, MD
  • I. Leonard Berstein, MD
  • Joann Blessing-Moore, MD
  • Mark Dykewicz, MD
  • Stanley Fineman, MD
  • Arnold Gutman, MD
  • Rufus Lee, MD
  • James Li, MD
  • Richard Niklas, MD
  • David Pearlman, MD
  • Jay Portnoy, MD
  • Diane Schuller, MD [D]
  • Sheldon Spector, MD [D]

1998   

  • Allan T. Luskin, MD

1997   

  • Mel Newman, MD

Woman in Allergy Award

This award is presented to a female Fellow or Member who has advanced the role of women in the field of allergy/immunology and in the College or who has made a significant contribution to the specialty and to the College.

2019 Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD

2018 Myngoc T. Nguyen, MD

2017 Sandra M. Gawchik, DO

2016 Jacqueline Roberts Bellanti

2015 Chitra Dinakar, MD                         

2014 Nancy Sander

2013 Amal H. Assa’ad, MD

2012 Kathleen May, MD

2011 Anjuli S. Nayak, MD

2010 Joan C. Gluck, MD

2009 Luz A. Fonacier, MD

2008 Linda S. Cox

2007 Dana V. Wallace, MD

2006 Rose Marie Young, MD

2005 Suellyn S. Rossman, MD

2004 Renata J.M. Engler, MD

2003 Linda B. Ford, MD

2002 Marianne Frieri, MD

2001 Bettina C. Hilman, MD

2000 Joann Blessing Moore, MD

1999 Susan R. Wynn, MD

1998 Betty B. Wray, MD

1997 Diane E. Schuller, MD [D]

FIT Travel Scholarships

Fellows-in-Training in North America can apply for financial assistance to attend and participate in the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Spark Program

This program is open to residents interested in pursuing a career in allergy/immunology. Recipients of the award receive funding to help cover expenses to attend and the Annual Scientific Meeting.

Lectureships

The College presents several named lectures during the Annual Scientific Meeting. Those allergists selected to present named lectures embody the high standards and achievement of the allergists for whom the lectures are named.

Bela Schick Lecture

Dr. Schick, one of medicine’s most respected scientists, was known for his work with Clemens von Pirquet on anaphylaxis and for the test he developed to assess immunity to diphtheria.

Bernard Berman Memorial Lecture

The annual Bernard Berman Memorial Lecture recognizes a kind, caring clinical allergist with interests in the various aspects of clinical allergy and a passion for teaching

John P. McGovern Lecture

This annual lectureship, supported by a grant from the John P. McGovern Foundation, recognizes eminent physicians and scientists — both clinicians and researchers — who contribute to the advancement of knowledge in the specialty.

Edward J. O’Connell Memorial Lecture

This annual memorial lecture honors the legacy of Dr. O’Connell, a past president of the College (1990-1991), who was a caring, compassionate physician with a life-long passion for serving children. He was an adept educator and authored nearly one hundred original articles, along with many book chapters related to allergy and immunology.

Luisa Businco Memorial Lecture

This lectureship honors Professor Luisa Businco of Rome, Italy, for her work in providing excellent patient care, her effective teaching and her quality research that led to significant advances in understanding several aspects of pediatric food allergy.

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