At the Annual Scientific Meeting in Anaheim last week, Gailen D. Marshall, Jr., MD, PhD, FACAAI was inducted as the 2023-2024 president of the College. Many of you know him through his various roles with Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the ACAAI Board of Regents. Here is some additional background on Dr. Marshall and his plans for the year ahead.
Dr. Marshall serves as the R. Faser Triplett, Sr., MD, Chair of Allergy and Immunology, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics and Pathology, Vice Chair for Research, Director of the Division of Clinical Immunology and Chief of the Laboratory of Behavioral Immunology Research at University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). He has been at UMMC in Jackson since 2004.
His strong interest and experience in both research and clinical practice give him far-reaching insight into the field of allergy/immunology.
Dr. Marshall earned both a PhD in Immunology (1979) and his MD (1984) from the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He did internal medicine training at the University of Iowa and completed his residency, chief residency and allergy-immunology fellowship at the University of Tennessee at Memphis.
He has been active in College publications for 21 years. He was a member of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology editorial board from 2000-04 and a member of the editorial board for AllergyWatch from 2002-05. He was appointed Associate Editor of the Annals in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief in 2006 and served in this position through 2021. Dr. Marshall received the ACAAI Distinguished Service Award and was recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the College in 2009.
He says a primary emphasis of his presidency will be to foster and promote the partnership between practicing community allergists and academic allergists/immunologists. He has been developing the second part of the two-year program begun by Immediate Past President Dr. Kathleen May and the Community Allergists Partnership in Education work group. This second part will launch in early 2024 and will focus on developing research opportunities in the community that will embrace community-academic investigator partnerships.
Dr. Marshall also recognizes the strong need for the College to continue to be the leader in supporting allergists/immunologists in their practice, and to help them with the many issues that arise daily in the care of patients. He looks forward to supporting all College programs in the coming year, including advocacy, education, addressing practice-specific issues and working with the many external organizations with whom we interact in the pursuit of optimal care for our patients and the advancement of our specialty.
Look for more information about these programs in future issues of College publications.