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Bettina C. Hilman, MD Lectureship


Dr. Bettina Hilman was an international expert and researcher in cystic fibrosis and was the Director of Shreveport Cystic Fibrosis Center. Dr. Hilman earned her Doctor of Medicine degree at Louisiana State University School of Medicine. She completed a residency in pediatrics at Charity Hospital in 1958, a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology from Charity Hospital in 1963 and a fellowship in pediatric pulmonology from Tulane Medical Center in 1966.

Dr. Hilman went on to become Professor of Pediatrics and Training Program Director at LSU Shreveport from 1973 to 2001. Among her numerous professional achievements, she earned the Distinguished Service Award from the Louisiana Allergy Society in 1998, the Jerome Glaser Award for Distinguished Service by the American Board of Pediatrics in 1999 and was named a Best Doctor in America in 2002 by Pediatric Specialists. Dr. Hilman was the author of Pediatric Respiratory Disease: Diagnosis and Treatment a comprehensive text covering all aspects of pediatric medicine, and also served as the Editor-in-Chief of Pediatric Asthma, Allergy, and Immunology.

In 1986, The Hilman House, a home-away-from-home for cystic fibrosis patients and their families undergoing treatment, was named in honor of Dr. Hilman. For over 30 years, it has served more than 110 families of Cystic Fibrosis patients from north and central Louisiana and east Texas, giving those eligible a place to stay and at times even serving as a hospital for those who didn’t have insurance.

It is with great pleasure that the AAAAI Foundation announces this lectureship that will honor a true pioneer in the field of pediatric allergy, whose contributions have profoundly impacted so many lives. Dr. Hilman passed away in August of 2023. Dr. Hilman's Lectureship was established in 2017 and the first Lecture in her name was delivered at the 2018 AAAAI/WAO Joint Congress in Orlando.

Year  Lecturer Lecture Topic
2018 Stacie M. Jones, MD Cutting Edge-Food Allergy Pathogenesis, Diagnosis and Therapy
2019 Emma Guttman-Yassky, MD PHD Atopic Dermatitis: Bench to Bedside and Back

If you wish to honor Dr. Hilman, please consider a gift to the AAAAI Foundation and Bettina C. Hilman, MD Lectureship Fund. A donation in any amount can be dedicated to this effort. The Hilman Family will be notified of your gift, 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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