History

Our division’s history begins with John M. Sheldon, MD, the first Chief of the Division of Allergy (now known as the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology). Dr. Sheldon joined the University of Michigan as an intern in 1932 and remained at Michigan for his residency. He then rose through the academic ranks to become a full Professor of Internal Medicine in 1950. His major organizational accomplishments were the development of the Department of Postgraduate Medicine and of the Division of Allergy in the Department of Internal Medicine.

1954 – John M. Sheldon, MD, Robert G. Lowell, MD, and Kenneth P. Mathews, MD, write “A Manual of Clinical Allergy”. A second edition was published in late 1967.

1966 – In honor of Dr. Sheldon’s significant contributions to the medical field and the field of Allergy and Clinical Immunology, the John M. Sheldon Allergy Society is formed by 75 doctors, most of whom received their specialty training from him.

1967 – Dr. Sheldon served as the Division Chief until his death in 1967. At the time of his death, he was one of only three physicians in the hospital’s 100-year history to rise from intern to a member of the governing Board of Directors.

1967 – Kenneth P. Mathews, MD, is named Division Chief and remains in this position until 1983. During that time, he served as President of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) in 1968 and was a recipient of the Academy's prestigious Distinguished Service Award in 1976.

1983 – William R. Solomon, MD, assumes the role of Division Chief and serves in this position until 1993. Dr. Solomon's interest in documenting training quality led him to help develop and launch the "in-training examination" series for fellows in allergy and immunology.

1993 – James R. Baker, Jr., MD, is appointed Division Chief, and led the division for almost 20 years. He is currently the Director of the University of Michigan Mary H. Weiser Food Allergy Center, Ruth Dow Doan Professor of Biologic Nanotechnology, Professor Emeritus of Internal Medicine and Biomedical Engineering.

2012 – James L. Baldwin, MD, is named Interim Chief of the Division of Allergy and Clinical Immunology and later becomes Chief in 2014. He is recognized for being the first physician-researcher in the United States to describe carmine allergy/anaphylaxis.