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Kathleen May (nee Ruffing)

Kathleen May (nee Ruffing)

Class of 1984

Please refer to the attached news story, which appeared in the Cumberland Times News print edition on Tuesday 11/13/2012 (Cumberland, Maryland):

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Dr. Kathleen R. May of Cumberland is the 2012 recipient of the ACAAI Woman in Allergy Award, presented to her during a ceremony at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting Monday in Anaheim.
May was selected for the award by her peers, from among women who practice allergy in the United States, for her significant contributions to the field of allergy and clinical immunology and to the ACAAI.
One of the two board-certified allergists in our region, May has practiced allergy and clinical immunology at Allegany Allergy and Asthma in Cumberland with Dr. Jeremy M. Drelich since 1995.
May was elected in August to the board of directors of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, a nonprofit organization that advocates nationally for the medical specialty of allergy and immunology. She will hold this position until 2016.
May currently holds several other national positions: editor-in-chief of ACAAI’s national website, vice speaker of the ACAAI House of Delegates, and assistant editor of the journal “Allergy Watch.” She has served as chairwoman of numerous national allergy committees.
As a spokeswoman for the Find an Allergist, Find Relief campaign (, May was quoted again in this October’s edition of Health Magazine, and previously in various print and online publications such as Parenting, Woman’s World, WebMD and AOL Health.
She has served on the editorial board of the medical journal “Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology,” and on ACAAI’s board of regents twice, from 1993-1995 and 2005-2008.
Locally, she was chairwoman of the former Memorial Hospital Investigational Review Board, and was responsible for overseeing patient protection and rights in research studies.
May was also one of two allergists in the country to receive the 2010 ACAAI Distinguished Fellow Award.
ACAAI is a professional association of 5,700 allergist/immunologists and allied health professionals. Established in 1942, the college is dedicated to improving the quality of patient care in allergy and immunology through research, advocacy and professional and public education.
Board-certified allergists-immunologists complete a three-year residency in either pediatrics or internal medicine, followed by a two-year approved fellowship in allergy and immunology.
These physicians are subspecialists in asthma, allergic diseases and immune disorders.

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