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Allen P. Kaplan, MD

    Department of Medicine
    Medical University of South Carolina
    Charleston, SC

Allen P. Kaplan, MD, is a professor of medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina. He graduated from SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY, and completed his residency in medicine at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, NY. He spent 2 years as a clinical fellow in the Arthritis and Rheumatism Branch of the National Institute of Arthritis and Metabolic Diseases (currently known as the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases [NIAMS]) and completed a fellowship in allergy and clinical immunology at Harvard Medical School - Robert B. Brigham Hospital (currently known as the Brigham and Women's Hospital). He then returned to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as head of the Allergic Diseases Section of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), where he remained for 6 years (1972-1978) and established the Allergic Diseases Center at the NIH. Dr Kaplan next moved on to Stony Brook University, where he was head of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Clinical Immunology for 9 years and was named chairman of the Department of Medicine. He was at Stony Brook University for 19 years before joining the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Dr Kaplan is board certified in internal medicine, allergy and clinical immunology, rheumatology, and diagnostic laboratory immunology. As the author of more than 380 publications, his major areas of interest are the mechanisms for the production of bradykinin and its role in human disease, as well as the pathogenesis and treatment of urticaria and angioedema.

Dr Kaplan was president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology (AAAAI) in 1989, president of the Clinical Immunology Society (CIS) in 1990, and president of the World Allergy Organization (WAO) from 2000 to 2003. He edited the World Allergy Organization Journal for 5 years, edited the textbook Allergy, was coeditor (with Dr Malcolm W. Greaves) of a text titled Urticaria and Angioedema, and was coeditor of the 2-volume textbook Allergy and Allergic Diseases.