Who’s the Gold Headed Cane winner?

September 11, 2017

The Gold Headed Cane Award is annually given to a College Fellow who has demonstrated the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity. This year, College Fellows selected Gailen Marshall Jr., MD, PhD, FACAAI, who will be presented with the award at the Annual Scientific Meeting on Oct. 28.

“It is an extreme honor to receive the Gold Headed Cane Award from the College,” said Dr. Marshall. He joined the ACAAI in 1988 and became a Fellow in 1993. He has been extensively involved with the College for the past 29 years. Dr. Marshall has served on multiple committees including Abstract Review, Annual Program, Basic and Clinical Immunology, CME, Integrative Medicine, Literature Review, Professional Allergy/Immunology Education, Public Education, Publications, Research Ethics and Women in Allergy. As editor-in-chief of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (Annals), he has been an ex officio member of the Board of Regents since 2005 and has been nominated to serve a three-year term as a Regent to begin at the upcoming Annual Scientific Meeting.

Dr. Marshall has been involved in teaching for the College in a variety of settings including Meet the Professor breakfasts, workshops, symposia, and multiple plenary sessions at our Annual Scientific Meetings. He was privileged to present lectureships honoring Jean Chapman, Daniel Goodman and memorializing Stanislou Jaros and Bernard Berman. He also has been honored with the Distinguished Service award and recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the College in 2009.

He was a member of the Annals editorial board from 2000-04 and a member of the editorial board for AllergyWatch from 2002-05. He was appointed associate editor of the Annals in 2005 and became editor-in-chief (EIC) in 2006. “I was looking forward to retiring and placing the journal in the hands of young giants at the end of this year but, due to some unique circumstances, I have been provided the opportunity to continue as EIC for another term through 2021. The experience of developing the Annals to meet the needs of our membership as well as others around the world has been and remains one of the great highlights of my professional career,” said Dr. Marshall.

He has been married for 39 years to his wife, Elizabeth. They have three children and one grandson. Dr. Marshall is active locally in his community including church, local efforts with the homeless and neighborhood beautification projects. His hobbies include fly fishing, amateur radio and woodworking.

“To receive the Golden Headed Cane award is an honor for which I am so very humbled and grateful,” said Dr. Marshall. “It has been an ongoing joy for me to be able to contribute to our specialty in teaching, research and service.  I cannot imagine a better venue than the College to invest whatever talent and time I have for the practicing allergist/immunologist community and the patients we all serve.”