Dr. Stanley M. Fineman was chosen as the 2020 recipient of the Gold Headed Cane Award by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. This professional achievement award is the most prestigious one the professional medical association offers. ACAAI represents more than 6,000 allergist-immunologists and allied health professionals.
Fineman received the award during the 2020 ACAAI Annual Scientific Meeting in mid- November.
“As I continue to dedicate my life to a profession I truly believe in, this honor certainly ranks as a career highlight,” Fineman said. “Being an active participant in the ACAAI has been both professionally and personally rewarding. I am humbled to receive this recognition from such a distinguished group of colleagues.”
Fineman has been an active participant in numerous ACAAI committees dating back to 1982. He served on the Practice Parameters Task Force, helping to develop best practice guidelines for allergists. He was on the ACAAI Board of Regents for more than 12 years and was the 2011-2012 president of ACAAI. In recent years,
Dr. Fineman served on the board of directors for the World Allergy Organization. He continues in his role as editor-in-chief of the publication Allergy Watch and recently has been a co-host for the podcast “Allergy Talk.”
The tradition of the Gold Headed Cane dates back to the 1600s, when Dr. John Radcliffe, the personal physician to King William III, began the ritual of “passing the cane” to a successor who was considered the greatest English physician at the time. The concept is still used today by many medical schools and specialty societies to recognize a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. The award serves as an inspiration to younger doctors and encourages them to cultivate character that earns the respect and goodwill of colleagues and the profession at large.
Fineman has been a practicing allergist-immunologist in Atlanta since 1978. He sees patients in Kennestone and East Cobb offices of Atlanta Allergy & Asthma.