2017 AAAAI Honorary Award Recipients

Allied Health Professionals Recognition Award

Presented in recognition of service to the allergy/immunology allied health community as a leader, mentor and educator.
Berber Vlieg-Boerstra, PhD, RDBerber Vlieg-Boerstra, PhD, RD
Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG)

Berber Vlieg-Boerstra, PhD, RD, has been working as a dietitian in private practice for the dietary management of food allergy since 1987. In 2008, she obtained her PhD on double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenges in children. Since then, she has been working as a senior research dietitian in clinical care. Currently, she is affiliated with the Pediatric Department of the Onze Lieve Vrouwe Gasthuis (OLVG), in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and is training younger dietitians in the dietary management of food allergy.

Her topics of research include: oral food challenges; diet, microbiome and allergic disease; dietary analysis and management of adult patients with eosinophilic esophagitis; efficacy of dietary intervention by the dietitian; and standardization and validation of the allergy-focused diet history tool.

She has published more than 55 peer-reviewed articles on food allergy and has a strong international network.
 

Distinguished Clinician Award

Presented in recognition for outstanding contributions toward clinical care for Urticaria.
David A. Khan, MD, FAAAAIDavid A. Khan, MD, FAAAAI
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

David A. Khan is Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas where he has been on faculty since 1994. He has been the Program Director for the allergy/immunology fellowship program at Southwestern since 1998. Dr. Khan is a Past-President of the Texas Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society. He is also a member of the Joint Task Force on Practice Parameters. He was elected to the AAAAI Board of Directors in 2016.

Dr. Khan received his medical degree from the University of Illinois in Chicago. After completing an internal medicine residency at the Good Samaritan Medical Center in Phoenix, Arizona he went on to fellowship training in allergy/immunology at the Mayo Clinic. His research interests include drug allergy, alternative therapies for refractory chronic urticaria, rush immunotherapy, and the interaction of depression and asthma. He has authored over 100 publications and has had the privilege to train 50 fellows in allergy/immunology at Southwestern.
 

Distinguished Clinician Award

Presented in recognition for outstanding contributions toward clinical care for Hereditary Angioedema.
Bruce L. Zuraw, MDBruce L. Zuraw, MD
University of California San Diego

Bruce Zuraw received his medical degree from the Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, where he remained for his internal medicine residency. Following training in allergy/immunology at the Scripps Clinic & Research Foundation, he joined the faculty at the Scripps Research Institute where he was Associate Director of the General Clinical Research Center. In 2004, he moved to the University of California San Diego. He was Allergy/Immunology Training Program Director for many years at Scripps Clinic and then UC San Diego. In 2013, he became Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at UC San Diego.

Dr. Zuraw has had a sustained interest in improving the care of patients with bradykinin-mediated angioedema, especially hereditary angioedema. He was deeply involved in the formation of both an investigator network and an angioedema patient advocacy organization. Dr. Zuraw is the Chair of the US HAEA Medical Advisory Board and Co-Chair of the HAE International Scientific Committee. He is the founder and Director of the US HAEA Angioedema Center at UC San Diego.
 

Distinguished Scientist Award

Presented in recognition for seminal work in immunodeficiency that will improve patients’ lives.
Luigi D. Notarangelo, MDLuigi D. Notarangelo, MD
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, NIH

Luigi D. Notarangelo is Deputy Chief of the Laboratory Host Defenses at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the NIH, in Bethesda, Maryland. He has served as President of the Clinical Immunology Society and of the European Society for Immune Deficiencies, and has co-chaired the International Union Committee for the Classification of Primary Immune Deficiencies (PIDs). He has authored more than 450 scientific publications on the characterization of the molecular and cellular bases of PIDs, and on novel therapeutic approaches for these disorders. He has identified several genetic defects responsible for PIDs, including JAK3 deficiency, CD40 ligand and CD40 deficiencies, RAG mutations as a cause of Omenn syndrome, and DOCK2 deficiency.
 

Distinguished Service Award

Presented in recognition for leadership skills in advancing the future of the allergy/immunology specialty and the AAAAI through the Chrysalis Project.
Kimberly A. Risma, MD, PhD, FAAAAIKimberly A. Risma, MD, PhD, FAAAAI
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Kimberly A. Risma is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. She obtained her MD and PhD at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and then trained in pediatrics and allergy/immunology at
Cincinnati Children’s. Dr. Risma is the Director of the Allergy and Immunology Fellowship Program at Cincinnati Children’s and the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, training 10 allergy clinical fellows at any given time. She is a well-respected clinician and educator and produces steady scholarly contributions, including original research focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of immunodeficiency and immune dysregulation in children.

The Distinguished Service Award recognizes Dr. Risma’s leadership of the AAAAI Chrysalis Project, a program for medical students and internal medicine and/or pediatrics residents that provides them the opportunity to explore a career in allergy/immunology with a fellow-in-training mentor. Since her appointment as co-chair of the project in 2010, she has established a pipeline of strong physicians in the specialty and expanded the program from 20 to 50 attendees per year.
 

Mentorship Award

Presented in recognition for a lifetime of service as an allergy/immunology mentor for students, residents, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty.
Dean D. Metcalfe, MD, FAAAAIDean D. Metcalfe, MD, FAAAAI
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Dean D. Metcalfe was raised in Ames, Iowa, and Tucson, Arizona. His undergraduate training was at Northern Arizona University. He studied medicine at the University of Tennessee, internal medicine at the University of Michigan, allergy and immunology at NIH, and rheumatology at the Robert B. Brigham Hospital.

In 1979, he returned to NIH as a Senior Clinical Investigator. Since returning to NIH, he has been involved in training of fellows in the A/I program and in the mentorship of post-baccalaureate and post-doctoral fellows in the Mast Cell Biology Section of the LAD.

Dr. Metcalfe is an author on over 570 scientific papers. He is a past Chairman of the ABAI; a past President of the AAAAI; and a past Chairman of the ACGME-RRC for A/I. Dr. Metcalfe has been elected to membership in the ASCI, the AAP, the ACCA and the Collegium Internationale Allergologicum. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the AAAAI Distinguished Scientist Award and the WAO Scientific Achievement Award. His other life revolves around Joan and their family.
 

Outstanding Volunteer Clinical Faculty Award

Presented in recognition of service to the University of Alabama at Birmingham allergy/immunology training program as a teacher and mentor.
Weily Soong, MD, FAAAAIWeily Soong, MD, FAAAAI
Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center

Weily Soong is the Managing Partner at Alabama Allergy & Asthma Center in Birmingham, Alabama. Since 2006, he has served as a volunteer faculty member in the Allergy and Immunology Program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also works at the Birmingham Veterans Administration Medical Center in the Department of Allergy.

Dr. Soong is from Birmingham. He went to college at Birmingham-Southern College and to medical school at the University of Alabama School of Medicine. He did his residency and allergy fellowship at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.

Dr. Soong is the chair of the AAAAI Practice Management Committee and is the Governor of Region 3 of the Federation of Regional, State and Local Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Societies Assembly. He was President of the Alabama Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He is the medical director of the Clinical Research Center of Alabama.

Dr. Soong thanks one of his mentors, Dr. Robert Biondi, who won this award in 2012. Dr. Biondi’s selfless dedication to the Yale Allergy Fellowship Program has been inspirational.
 

RSLAAIS Leadership Award

Presented in recognition of service to the allergy/immunology local, regional and national communities as a leader, mentor, advocate and educator.
Robert N. Corriel, MD, FAAAAIRobert N. Corriel, MD, FAAAAI
Manhasset Allergy and Asthma, A Division of ProHealth Care, LLP

Robert N. Corriel was born in Manhattan and raised on Long Island. He attended Case Western Reserve University, received a BA in 1972 and an MA in 1973. He graduated from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 1976 and completed his pediatric internship and residency at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York in 1979, serving as Chief Resident. Following his A/I fellowship at UT San Antonio in 1981, Dr. Corriel started a private practice in A/I in Manhasset. In 1986 he joined Sharon B. Markovics, MD, FAAAAI, as Partners in Manhasset Allergy and Asthma Associates.

Dr. Corriel served as President of the Long Island Allergy and Asthma Society and the New York State Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. He has been a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York’s Inter-Specialty Committee. He has been the medical advisor to several local patient/parent groups.

Dr. Corriel presently serves as a member of the AAAAI CME/MOC Committee and is the Region 1 Governor of the AAAAI Federation of Regional, State and Local Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Societies Assembly.
 

Special Recognition Award

Presented in recognition for leadership skills in advancing the education programming of the allergy/immunology specialty through service at the AAAAI and ABAI.
Mary Beth Fasano, MD, FAAAAIMary Beth Fasano, MD, FAAAAI
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

Mary Beth Fasano’s passion for allergy/immunology began as a pediatric resident and then fellow at Johns Hopkins where she had the opportunity to work with many outstanding A/I mentors. Following fellowship she spent 10 years on faculty at Wake Forest University and two years in private practice in Greensboro, North Carolina.

In 2004, she moved to the University of Iowa, where she currently serves as A/I fellowship Program Director. Her involvement in fellowship education has included membership on the ACGME A/I Milestone Project Working Group and current membership on the ACGME A/I Review Committee.

Dr. Fasano has been privileged to serve in AAAAI leadership roles (member-AAAAI Board of Directors, Chair-Education Division, Chair-Office of Medical Education, Chair-Program Directors Assembly, member-Clinical Rotation Curriculum Steering Committee and current Chair-Annual Meeting Program Committee). She served on the Board of Directors of the ABAI including one year as Chair (2011-2012). Dr. Fasano will return to the ABAI in 2017 as the ABAI liaison to the American Board of Pediatrics.

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