By Mitchell H. Rosner, MD MACP
Henry B. Mulholland Professor of Medicine
Chair, Department of Medicine
I would like to formally announce the hiring of Dr. Michael Nelson as the new Division Chief for the Division of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Michael Nelson is the current President of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) Board of Directors, and Allergist-Immunologist at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. Dr. Nelson retired from the U.S. Army after 25 years of distinguished service in 2019. He has served as a program director, department chief, Director of Army Graduate Medical Education and Chief Consultant to the U.S. Army Surgeon General, Director of Education, Training and Research at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and vice chair of the ACGME Allergy and Immunology Review Committee. Dr. Nelson has consistently advocated for the specialty of allergy and immunology on a national scale through committee and task force service at the FDA, AMA, USP and most recently as a member of the Vision for the Future Commission on Continuing Certification sponsored by the ABMS.
Dr. Nelson will assume duties in November and there will be a transition of duties during this time with Dr. Platts-Mills continuing to lead the research mission of the Division.
Our thanks goes to Dr. Platts-Mills for his long and distinguished tenure leading the Division. During his leadership, the Division was established and has gone on to be a leader in academic Allergy and Immunology practice. In addition, Dr. Platts-Mills has established a strong research program with seminal discoveries that have changed the practice of Allergy. Our thanks for his leadership. Once we can celebrate in person, we will recognize his contributions with a fitting celebration.