Changes coming to Advocacy Council leadership

Donald W. Aaronson,

We in the allergy community have been very fortunate to have a member whose forward thinking and guidance led us to the forefront of many issues before other specialties were aware of them. His lifelong work and love has been the specialty of allergy…and his colleagues. Donald W. Aaronson, MD, JD, MPH, FACAAI, has worked tirelessly to improve the coding system – so we can charge patients appropriately for the care we provide.  He has championed the treatment of allergic diseases to third party payers and has advocated for allergy before the CPT Committee, the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) and even before congressional leaders.

Dr. Aaronson has decided it’s time to step down. Although he has promised to remain available as a consultant, his time running and advising the Council – on a near full time basis – has come to an end. We at the Advocacy Council of ACAAI, the College and the members we represent, wish him good luck, good health and many sunshine-filled days. Thank you, Dr. Aaronson, for preparing allergy for the changes we all know are coming.

Gary N. Gross,

Gary N. Gross, MD, FACAAI, who partnered (on allergy issues) with Dr. Aaronson for many years, has decided to move to an emeritus position with the Advocacy Council as well. He has been an amazing asset to our organization because of his expansive knowledge, reflective thinking and compassion. Our allergists and their practices are better for the expertise you’ve shared – thank you, Dr. Gross.

While no one can replace these two great leaders, we feel very fortunate to have James L. Sublett, MD, FACAAI, former ACAAI president, join the Advocacy Council team. Dr. Sublett is also a past-president of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and has provided invaluable guidance over the years. He is the co-founder and managing partner of his practice in Louisville, Kentucky. He’s served as a clinical professor and section chief of Pediatric Allergy and Immunology at the University of Louisville School of Medicine for more than 20 years! His knowledge and experience will help guide us through the myriad changes to medicine and our practices.

All three of these leaders will be attending ACAAI’s Annual Scientific Meeting in San Francisco, November 10-14. You may want to thank them in person!