The allergy and immunology world lost a treasured colleague on March 27 with the passing of Chitra Dinakar, MD, FACAAI.
Dr. Dinakar was a Clinical Professor of Medicine at Stanford University in California, and Clinical Chief of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology at Stanford Health Care. Prior appointments included Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Missouri-Kansas City and Director of the Food Allergy Center at Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City.
She had many professional achievements and appointments as a testament to her dedication to the fields of allergy/immunology and pediatrics.
Dr. Dinakar served on the Board of Regents of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and received the College’s Distinguished Fellow Award in 2016 and the Woman in Allergy Award in 2015. In 2019, she received the Jerome Glaser Distinguished Service Award from the Allergy/Immunology Section of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She was on the Board of Directors, American Board of Allergy and Immunology and served as a Board Member and on the Joint Task Force on Allergy/Immunology Practice Parameters.
Colllege leaders remember Dr. Dinakar as a dedicated expert who contributed her knowledge to continuing medical education and public information; a mentor and support to younger members who were making their way along the leadership path; and, most importantly, a kind and dear friend. She will be deeply missed by many.
For information on memorial services, please see Dr. Dinakar’s obituary.