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Allen P. Kaplan, MD, FAAAAI Lectureship: Creating Knowledge for Our Future

The AAAAI Foundation is pleased to honor the life work of Dr. Allen P. Kaplan with the creation of the Allen P. Kaplan, MD, FAAAAI Lectureship: Creating Knowledge for Our Future. Throughout his long career, Dr. Kaplan has made an important mark on the Allergy/Immunology specialty through his work as a physician scientist and as a beloved mentor to many in our field.

Dr. Kaplan is clinical professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in Charleston, South Carolina and has been associated with the Division of Pulmonary Medicine and Allergy and Immunology for the past 21 years. He is a graduate of Columbia University and Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn, New York, and completed his specialty training in allergy and clinical immunology at Harvard Medical School, and his rheumatology training at the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Kaplan served as the head of allergic diseases at the National Institutes of Health, and then chairman of the Department of Medicine and director of the Division of Allergy, Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Dr. Kaplan has contributed significantly to the future of his beloved specialty through the countless fellows and trainees who have learned under his tutelage at Stony Brook as well as pulmonologists at MUSC.

Dr. Kaplan has served at the highest levels of leadership within the specialty. He held the office of President of the American Academy of Allergy Asthma &Immunology in 1989, served as the President of the Clinical Immunology Society in 1990 and became the second American to lead the World Allergy Organization during his time as President from 2000 to 2003.

Dr. Kaplan has authored more than 350 articles, monographs, and editorials, and he edited the textbook titled Allergy, which has been utilized in training programs throughout the world. In addition, he coedited the textbook titled Urticaria and Angioedema as well as a two-volume textbook titled Allergy and Allergic Diseases. Dr. Kaplan’s research interests focus on inflammatory mechanisms of allergic disease and he is a world-renowned authority on the mechanisms and treatment of urticaria and angioedema.

Dr. Kaplan has spent his career caring for patients with allergic conditions, conducting research leading to improved treatment of allergies and teaching the next generation of physicians,” said MUSC Past-President Ray Greenberg, M.D., Ph.D. The AAAAI Foundation is honored to recognize the invaluable contributions made to the specialty over the course of Dr. Kaplan’s distinguished career with the creation of this lectureship. Dr. Kaplan's Lectureship was announced at the 2019 AAAAI Annual Meeting in San Francisco.


If you wish to honor Dr. Kaplan, please consider a gift to the Allen P. Kaplan, MD, FAAAAI Lectureship. A donation in any amount can be dedicated to this effort. Dr. Kaplan will be notified of your gift in his honor, and your name will be listed as a donor to this fund in the Annual Report of the AAAAI Foundation. Your donation makes a difference. We appreciate your support and your commitment to our specialty.

To make a contribution by phone call the AAAAI Foundation Office at 414-272-6071.

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