2014 AAAAI Honorary Award Recipients

Allied Health Professionals Recognition Award

In recognition of service to the allergy/immunology allied health community as a leader, mentor and educator.

Jeanette L. Arnold, MSN, RN, C-FNP
Instructor in Medicine, Division of Adult Allergy and Immunology
University of Mississippi Medical Center

Jeanette L. Arnold graduated Cum Laude with her BSN from the University of Mississippi in 1986. She began her career in Allergy and Immunology in 1988 with Drs. Leonard Hoffman and Glenn Kline at Allergy Associates of Houston. After 10 years in Houston, she received her MSN/FNP from Mississippi University for Women, joining Mississippi Asthma and Allergy Clinic in 1999. Following the birth of her first child in 2002, she partnered with Dr. Richard deShazo at the University of Mississippi Medical Center where she remains, assisting in management of the unusual in A/I alongside Drs. Marshall, Kemp and McMullan. Jeanette has served on numerous committees and in allied health leadership positions for the past 20 years, speaking on asthma, chronic sinusitis, urticaria and anaphylaxis. She served as Vice-Chair, Co-Chair and past Chair of the AAAAI Allied Health Professionals Assembly with Dr. Phil Korenblat for 6 years. She is faculty for AAFA. She has authored and reviewed numerous journal articles and abstracts. She helped develop the first international allied health program for WAO. She is honored to receive this award.


Distinguished Clinician Award

In recognition for outstanding contributions toward clinical care for immunodeficiencies.

Charlotte Cunningham-Rundles, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
Professor of Medicine
Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai Medical Center

Dr. Cunningham-Rundles is the David S. Gottesman Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics, Acting Chief of Clinical Immunology and Director of the Allergy Immunology Fellowship training program. She received her MD from Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons, and her PhD from NYU. Dr. Cunningham-Rundles has received the Clinical Immunology Society President's Award, the Boyle Award from the IDF, the Abbott Award from the ASM, the AAAAI Women Physician in Allergy Project Award and the Jacobi Award from Mount Sinai. She is a Past President of the Clinical Immunology Society and has been on the AAAAI Board of Directors. She has served on the Medical Advisory Boards of the IDF and the Jeffrey Modell Foundation. Dr. Cunningham-Rundles has served on the FDA Blood Safety and Advisory Committee and as Chair of AITC review committee for the NIH. She is a member of the IUIS Expert Committee on Immune Deficiency and is principal investigator for the USIDNET, a research cooperative sponsored by the NIH.


Distinguished Scientist Award

In recognition for ground breaking developments and seminal contributions to understanding the mechanisms and significance of food allergy.

Hugh A. Sampson, MD, FAAAAI
Kurt Hirschhorn Professor of Pediatrics; Dean for Translational Biomedical Sciences
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Sampson has spent his entire academic career in translational research focusing on the diagnosis and management of food allergic disorders and elucidating basic immunologic mechanisms responsible for these disorders. His research has been funded continuously by a number of grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and private foundations. Dr. Sampson is currently the Principle Investigator of the NIH-sponsored Consortium on Food Allergy Research, several clinical trials investigating novel therapies for the treatment of food allergy and basic immunologic mechanisms of allergic reactivity and tolerance development, and the Mount Sinai Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA). He has published over 350 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals and 60 book chapters, primarily on clinical and immunopathogenic aspects of food allergic disorders, and co-edited four books. He was elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies in 2003 for his research. Dr. Sampson is past chairman of the Section on Allergy & Immunology of the American Academy of Pediatrics and past President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI).


Distinguished Service Award

In recognition for longtime commitment to the development of the Practice Parameters.

Sheldon L. Spector, MD, FAAAAI
California Allergy and Asthma Medical Group, Inc.

Dr. Spector did his internship/residency at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City and was a research investigator at NIH. His second year of residency was at UCLA. After a fellowship in Allergy & Clinical Immunology at the National Jewish Hospital, he became Head of the Allergy Division. In 1977, he was awarded a Lady Davis Fellowship.  

Dr. Spector is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI), the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (ACAAI), the American College of Clinical Pharmacy, and the American College of Physicians. He is also past President of the LA and California Society of Allergy & Clinical Immunology and has authored more than 350 publications.

He is a retired Army Colonel.

In the 1990s, Dr. Spector received Distinguished Service Awards from both the AAAAI and ACAAI.

Dr. Spector has chaired more than six committees of the AAAAI including serving as Physician Co-Chair of the Allied Health Professionals Assembly and Co-Chairman of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters where he continues to work as a member.

His research interests include bronchoprovocation testing, pathogenesis and treatment of asthma/rhinitis, patient compliance, and rhinosinusitis. His continued interest in these subjects is reflected in his present positions.


Mentorship Award

In recognition for a lifetime of service as an allergy/immunology mentor for students, residents, post-docotral fellows, and faculty.

Thomas A.E. Platts-Mills, MD, PhD, FAAAAI, FRS
Head Allergy and Clinical Immunology
University of Virginia

Dr. Platts-Mills trained in Oxford at St Thomas’ Hospital. After residency, he spent three years at Johns Hopkins in the laboratory of Dr. Kimishige Ishizaka. Returning to London, he worked for the Medical Research Council and established a research program focused on dust mites. He supervised several PhD theses including his own and published on the purification of Der p 1, mite feces, the atopy patch test, and bronchial reactivity.

In 1982, he moved to the University of Virginia and developed a program which has trained 40 fellows in A/I and published over 300 papers. An important feature of his research has been the close collaboration between laboratory science and clinicians, as well as the obvious pleasure he gets from the success of his colleagues.

In 2006-2007, his year as President of AAAAI was focused on faculty development. That year, his group discovered IgE to alpha-gal and described delayed anaphylaxis to red meat. Dr. Platts-Mills has had many outstanding colleagues and in 2010 he was the first allergist elected to fellowship of the Royal Society.


Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award

In recognition of service to the allergy/immunology training program at University of Washington School of Medicine as a teacher and mentor.

Frank S. Virant, MD, FAAAAI
Senior Partner
Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center, Inc    

Division Chief, Allergy
Seattle Children’s Hospital, Research & Foundation

Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Director, Allergy/Immunology Training Program
University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Frank Virant received his MD from St. Louis University and was a resident in pediatrics and fellow in A/I at Seattle Children’s and the University of Washington. Since 1988 he’s been a partner at Northwest Asthma & Allergy Center and ASTHMA, Inc. Clinical Research in Seattle. Dr. Virant has edited three books and is author on numerous book chapters, articles and abstracts. He is past President of the Trans-Pacific Allergy Society (1995-98) and past President of the Washington State A/I Society (1997-99). Dr. Virant was Chair of the AAAAI Sinusitis Committee (1992-95, 1999-01); Chair of the Sinusitis Practice Parameters Task Force (1993-97); Chair of the International Training Committee (2003-06) and Chair of the Allergy, Asthma, Immunology, Education & Research Trust (ARTrust™) Board (2005-2007). He was on the Executive Board of the AAP Section on A/I (2003-2011). Since 2010, Dr. Virant has been Allergy Division Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Associate Director of the A/I Training Program at the University of Washington. In 2010, he received the AAAAI Teaching Allergist of the Year Award.


RSLAAIS Leadership Award

In recognition of service to the allergy/immunology local, regional and national communities as a leader, mentor, advocate and educator.

Michael H. Clayton, MD, FAAAAI
Private Practice of Allergy

Michael Clayton is in solo practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He teaches medical students in his office and is on clinical staff at UNM. He is honored to serve on the AAAAI Board of Directors, as Chair of the Practice and Policy Division, as a member of the Joint Task Force on Health Care Reform, and as a NAIA mentor. He was a RSLAAIS Governor from Region 6. Locally, he directed the New Mexico State Asthma Camp and was President of the New Mexico Allergy Society.

He is interested in rural healthcare delivery and ensuring access to specialty care. Prior to allergy training, he was a pediatrician in the IHS in rural Alaska and New Mexico. He was Chief of Pediatrics at the Gallup Indian Medical Center and received an HHS Outstanding Service Award for his tenure there. His medical training included UNM (MD), UCLA (MPH), residency at Duke University and fellowship at the National Jewish Center. He credits the outstanding mentors he was fortunate to meet along the way for his growth as a physician and allergist.


Special Recognition Award

In recognition for service toward developing standardized serological testing for antigen sensitization.

Robert G. Hamilton, PhD, FAAAAI
Professor of Medicine and Pathology
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Johns Hopkins Dermatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Reference Laboratory

Robert Gordon Hamilton is Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Dermatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology Reference Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received his BS in biology and MS in radiological physics from the University of Michigan. Following a 3-year Navy experience, he received his PhD at Johns Hopkins University with a thesis in nuclear medicine and immunology. After a post-doctoral fellowship with Rosalyn Yalow, Nobel Laureate in Medicine, he joined the Clinical Immunology-Allergy faculty at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine where he has remained for 33 years. During this period, he has directed a clinical laboratory and published over 330 peer-reviewed original papers, review articles and text-book chapters that have dealt with serological diagnostic methods in human allergic disease and humoral immune response assessment. He has served on the FDA’s Allergenic Products Advisory Panel. For 12 years, Dr. Hamilton has directed the College of American Pathologist’s Diagnostic Allergy Inter-laboratory Proficiency Survey which verifies performance of North American clinical laboratories performing diagnostic allergy testing.

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