Your leadership's decisions

February 28, 2019

The following are key actions taken by the Board of Regents at its Nov. 15 meeting and by the Executive Committee at its Jan. 15 teleconference.

  • Ratified the nomination of Luz Fonacier, MD, to the 2019 WAO Nominating Committee.
  • Amended the current ACAAI Policy for Funding of International Meetings to further clarify restrictions on speaker travel.
  • Ratified the joint ACAAI/AAAAI nomination of Drew Murphy, MD, to the USP Compounding Expert Committee for a 5-year term beginning in 2020.
  • Appointed the following new members of the Foundation Board beginning Nov. 19, 2018:
    • William Berger, MD, MBA, as trustee-at-large (4-year term).
    • Mamta Reddy, MD, as second- year regent (2-year term).
    • Greg Lund as lay representative (2-year term).
  • Approved a no-cost extension for the multiyear study on “Surveillance of Adverse Reactions to Subcutaneous Immunotherapy (SCIT) and Sublingual Immunotherapy.”
  • Ratified the decision to request the Asthma Committee to review the American College of Chest Physicians’ guidelines titled “Adult Outpatients with Acute Cough due to Suspected Pneumonia or Influenza: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report” and “Clinically Diagnosing Pertussis-Associated Cough in Adults and Children: CHEST Guideline and Expert Panel Report” and authorized the president to provide College endorsement of the documents if recommended by the committee and College officers.
  • Approved the following changes to the College’s awards:
    • Recognize Distinguished Fellow recipients, including all living past recipients, with a lapel pin.
    • Continue awarding a plaque and lapel pin to future Distinguished Fellows and discontinue awarding the medallion.
    • Discontinue awarding medals to International Distinguished Fellows, Distinguished Service and McGovern Lecture awardees in 2019 and continue presenting each with a plaque.
  • Approved the recommended 2018-2020 committee and council appointments as proposed by the Appointments Committee.
  • Approved adding a committee size exception for the New Allergists and Program Directors Committees to allow for up to 15 members and amending the Governance Manual accordingly.
  • Approved applications for fellowship, promotion to fellowship, membership, allied health, Fellow-in-Training and resident/medical student membership.
  • Approve retired and emeritus status for the fellows and members as recommended by the Credentials Committee.
  • Designated Boston (Oct. 24-28) as the site for the 2024 Annual Meeting contingent upon a successful site visit and contract negotiations.
  • Appointed Dane McBride, MD, to the Advocacy Council Board of Directors through November 2020 and approved two-year term extensions (through Nov. 2020) for Purvi Parikh, MD,  and John Seyerle, MD.
  • Appointed Anne Ellis, MD, MSc, and Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, as Annals deputy editors for one-year terms beginning January 2019.
  • Appointed Mariana Castells, MD, PhD; Mitch Grayson, MD; Matt Greenhawt, MD, MBA, MSc; Jay Lieberman, MD; Jonathan Spergel, MD, PhD; and John Oppenheimer, MD, as Annals associate editors for a one-year term beginning January 2019.
  • Appointed Larry Borish, MD; Maureen Egan Bauer, MD; Christina Ciaccio, MD, MSc; Byung Kim, MD; Alan P. Knutsen, MD; Bruce D. Mazer, MD; and Elizabeth Tham, MBBS, MMed, as reviewers to the Annals Editorial Board for a two-year term beginning January 2019.
  • Reappointed David A. Khan, MD, to a second four-year term as AllergyWatch assistant editor beginning January 2019.
  • Approved the following House of Delegates appointments:
    • Officers:
      • Speaker – Travis Miller, MD (2019)
      • Vice Speaker – Curtis Hedberg, MD (2019)
      • Secretary – M. Razi Rafeeq, MD (2019)
    • Super-delegates:
      • New England Region – Christopher Randolph, MD (2019) 
      • West Coast Region – Vincent Tubiolo, MD (2020) 
      • Mid-Atlantic Region – Andrej Petrov, MD (2020) 
      • International Region – Anne Ellis, MD, MSc (2020) 
      • Mountain West Region – Michael Volz, MD (2019)
      • Southeast Region – Wesley Sublett, MD, MPH (2019)
  • Approved funding the Junior FIT Representative in addition to the Senior FIT Representative to attend the annual and interim AMA-RFS meetings.
  • Appointed Stan Fineman, MD, MBA, to serve a four-year term as editor-in-chief of AllergyWatch beginning January 2019.
  • Appointed Chitra Dinakar, MD, to serve as assistant editor of AllergyWatch beginning January 2019.
  • Requested Anthony Montanaro, MD, to assist Dr. Fineman with the editor responsibilities for the first two issues of AllergyWatch in 2019.
  • Approved contracting with Elsevier to continue to publish the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology through 2024 contingent upon approval of the publishing agreement by the president, editor-in-chief and legal counsel.
  • Approved making all the current College Learning Connection content except the Board Review Book, Annual Meeting on Demand, Virtual Annual Meeting and the office staff charge for the Allergen Extract Quiz free to members as a member benefit.
  • Amended the Governance Manual to include the proposed revisions to enable the president or the Board of Regents to remove a subcommittee member, task force member or editorial board member whenever, in their judgement, the best interests of the College would be served.
  • Authorized the president to work with the president-elect to select five College leaders to present and promote the College at local and regional society meetings in Alabama, California, Michigan, New York and Oregon.
  • Approved the proposed 2019 budget.
  • Approved convening an expert panel to develop an RFP for a grant to conduct Atopic Dermatitis Yardstick research and to select the grant awardee(s). Annals will have right of first refusal to publish the research results.
  • Declined the Allergy & Asthma Network’s request for the College to support their proposed telehealth platform.
  • Approved featuring the Edward O’Connell named lecture beginning at the 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting.
  • Agreed to inform the ABAI that the College is not opposed to its efforts to continue negotiations with the American College of Rheumatology regarding a possible merger and request the ABAI provide the College’s leadership with periodic updates regarding such efforts.
  • Ratified the decision to support an ACAAI symposium on pediatric allergy at the 2019 EAACI Congress, June 1-5, in Lisbon, Portugal.
  • Requested Bryan Martin, DO, to work with the 2019 Annual Meeting Program chairs and a member of the Advocacy Council on the development of a proposed extract preparation mixer course and present the proposed program to the Executive Committee for consideration.
  • Approved the proposed policy for the selection of the Edward O’Connell Lecture speakers.
  • Approved not providing a $500 speaker honorarium for allergists who present named lectures at the College’s Annual Meeting, to be consistent with the Annual Meeting Speaker Reimbursement Policy.
  • Appointed Bryan Martin, DO, to serve in the past immediate past president position on the 2019 ACAAI Executive Committee and Board of Regents due to Dr. Tilles’ inability to serve in this capacity.
  • Requested the executive medical director to review sample mailing pieces for all membership mailing list requests prior to allowing purchase of lists and have staff continue to review sponsor/exhibitor sample mailing pieces.
  • Approved scheduling a Women in Allergy breakfast or luncheon at the 2019 Annual Meeting contingent upon support from Genentech and request the Women in Allergy Committee to help develop the proposed program for review/approval by the Annual Meeting Program Committee.
  • Approved participating in the June 2019 AMA Medical Student Showcase to promote the allergy specialty to medical students.
  • Approved co-sponsoring a reception with the Texas Medical Association in support of the candidacy of Susan Bailey, MD, for president-elect of the AMA during the June 2019 AMA Annual Meeting.
  • Approved charging Fellows-in-Training members $30 (instead of the budgeted $80) to attend the International Food Allergy Symposium scheduled immediately prior to the College’s 2019 Annual Meeting.
  • Approved the AACA’s request to hold a joint providership program at the 2019 ACAAI Annual Meeting contingent on the Annual Meeting Program Committee finding an appropriate time slot for the program and with the understanding AACA will pay for the audio-visual costs and any other related expenses.
  • Appointed Leonard Bielory, MD, to the Annals Editorial Board for 2019-2020.