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Nine Atlanta Allergy & Asthma Physicians Receive Top Doctors Honors in Atlanta Magazine

Drs. Stanley M. Fineman, Erinn T. Gardner, Linda D. Guydon, Lily G. Hwang, Keith I. Lenchner, Kevin L. Schaffer, Kathleen A. Sheerin, Howard J. Silk, David D. Tanner appear in Atlanta magazine’s July issue

Updated on Thursday, June 30, 2022

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Nine physicians from Atlanta Allergy & Asthma — the largest allergy practice in Georgia — rank among metro Atlanta’s Top Doctors in Atlanta magazine’s July issue. Atlanta Allergy & Asthma allergists consistently appear on the list, which annually honors notable physicians among the area’s healthcare landscape.

Those physicians are: Drs. Stanley M. Fineman, Erinn T. Gardner, Linda D. Guydon, Lily G. Hwang, Keith I. Lenchner, Kevin L. Schaffer, Kathleen A. Sheerin, Howard J. Silk, and David D. Tanner. Nearly half of the recipients in the allergy/immunology category come from this one practice.

Atlanta magazine creates its list from a roster of doctors selected by Professional Research Service’s (PRS) database. A total of 1,098 physicians appear on the publication’s 2022 list. These doctors represent the following counties in Georgia: Carroll, Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, Coweta, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, and Rockdale. PRS creates its list by conducting an online peer-review survey of physicians in the metro Atlanta area. Physicians are asked to nominate fellow physicians they deem the best in their field of practice. Many votes were cast honoring excellence in all fields of medicine. The featured doctors were screened and selected through the verification of licensing and review of any infractions through applicable boards, agencies, and rating services.

Dr. Tanner, who serves as Medical Director for the practice, says the annual Atlanta magazine Top Doctors recognition continues to be a great indicator for Atlanta Allergy & Asthma.

“From conducting research that assists in the development of new and better treatments for patients with allergic and asthmatic diseases, to compiling and reporting the city’s official pollen count, Atlanta Allergy & Asthma remains at the forefront of our field. Most importantly is the practice’s dedication to excellent patient care, delivered in an efficient and compassionate manner. We hope that honors such as this prove we’re fulfilling on that promise.”
David D. Tanner, MD

Top Doctor Honors of 2022

Stanley M. Fineman, MD

Stanley M. Fineman, MD

Dr. Stanley M. Fineman practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s East Cobb and Kennestone offices. Dr. Fineman has been in private allergy practice for more than 40 years. After earning his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Fineman completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati. Additionally, Dr. Fineman completed his fellowship in allergy and immunology at Harvard University School of Medicine. Dr. Fineman is board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology. He is a fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has held leadership positions with several national and international allergy organizations. Dr. Fineman also earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University and is a frequent lecturer at regional, national, and international medical meetings. Dr. Fineman is a multi-year recipient of Top Doctor honors, appearing on the Atlanta magazine list since 2010.

Erinn T. Gardner, MD

Erinn T. Gardner, MD

Dr. Erinn T. Gardner practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Canton and Douglasville offices. After earning her bachelor's degree from Spelman College, Dr. Gardner received her medical degree from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine. She completed her residency in internal medicine at Northwestern University and her fellowship in allergy and immunology at Northwestern University and Northwestern University Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Dr. Gardner is board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and is a member of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society of Georgia. Her special interests include the management of chronic cough, asthma, and allergic rhinitis. Dr. Gardner is a multi-year recipient of Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctor honors.

Linda D. Guydon, MD

Linda D. Guydon, MD

Dr. Linda D. Guydon practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Johns Creek and Northlake offices. After earning her bachelor’s degree from Mercer University, Dr. Guydon earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Additionally, Dr. Guydon completed her internship and residency in internal medicine at Boston City Hospital. Dr. Guydon is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine and the American Board of Allergy & Immunology. She is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology, and her specialty areas include the management of asthma and sinus diseases. Dr. Guydon is a multi-year recipient of Atlanta magazine’s Top Doctor honors, appearing on the list since 2010.

Lily G. Hwang, MD

Lily G. Hwang, MD

Dr. Lily G. Hwang practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Alpharetta and Lawrenceville offices. She received her medical degree from Ross University School of Medicine. Dr. Hwang completed her internal medicine/pediatrics residency and women’s health certification at the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Additionally, she also completed her internal medicine and pediatric chief residency at the Michigan State University/Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies. Dr. Hwang did her allergy and immunology fellowship at Rush University Medical Center/John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital. She is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology, American Board of Internal Medicine, and American Board of Pediatrics. She recently received board certification in Lifestyle Medicine by the American Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Hwang’s professional affiliations include the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology; Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Society of Georgia; American College of Physicians; and American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Hwang has received Atlanta magazine Top Doctor honors for multiple years.

Keith I. Lenchner, MD

Keith I. Lenchner, MD

Dr. Keith I. Lenchner practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Buckhead and Stockbridge offices. He received his undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University and completed his medical degree at the University of Chicago. Dr. Lenchner completed his internal medicine residency and his allergy fellowship at Northwestern University. As a fellow and practicing allergist, Dr. Lenchner has published multiple papers and is a member of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society of Georgia. He has been an Atlanta magazine Top Doctor recipient for multiple years.

Kevin L. Schaffer, MD

Kevin L. Schaffer, MD

Dr. Kevin L. Schaffer practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Sandy Springs and Snellville offices. Dr. Schaffer received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Memphis and earned his medical degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in pediatrics at Stanford University, where he also received his specialty training in allergy and immunology. Dr. Schaffer is board certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and participates in their Maintenance of Certification program. He also is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics. Dr. Schaffer is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. He is a past president of the Georgia Society of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr. Schaffer has been actively involved in clinical research, serving as principal investigator of numerous trials and has published articles in medical journals. Dr. Schaffer is a multi-year recipient of Atlanta magazine Top Doctor honors.

Kathleen A. Sheerin, MD

Kathleen A. Sheerin, MD

Dr. Kathleen A. Sheerin practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Lawrenceville and Sandy Springs offices. Dr. Sheerin received her bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts and her medical degree from Duke University. She completed her residency at Texas Children’s Hospital/Baylor College of Medicine, where she also spent a year completing a fellowship program in pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Sheerin also completed a three-year fellowship in allergy and immunology at Duke University. She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy & Immunology. She is a fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Sheerin specializes in food allergy and anaphylaxis. Dr. Sheerin is a multi-year recipient of Atlanta magazine Top Doctor honors, appearing on the list 15 times and consecutively since 2009.

Howard J. Silk, MD

Howard J. Silk, MD

Dr. Howard J. Silk practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Fayetteville and Northlake offices. He received his bachelor's degree at the State University of New York at Binghamton. He earned both a master's degree in Biochemistry and his medical degree from Boston University Medical School. Dr. Silk completed his pediatric residency at Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital and his allergy and immunology fellowship at Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital of Boston. Dr. Silk is board certified by both the American Board of Pediatrics and the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Dr. Silk served as president of the Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society of Georgia (AAISG) from 2013–2015. He served as a clinical faculty instructor at the Mercer University School of Pharmacy and has worked in the Allergy Clinic at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. In addition to his clinical practice, he has championed the use of electronic medical records to further improve clinic standards.

David D. Tanner, MD

David D. Tanner, MD

Dr. David D. Tanner practices at Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Buckhead and Johns Creek offices. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Georgia, Dr. Tanner received his medical degree from Vanderbilt University. He completed his internship and residency at St. Louis Children’s Hospital, an affiliate of Washington University. Dr. Tanner became the chief resident of St. Louis Children’s Hospital while completing a fellowship in ambulatory pediatrics. He completed another fellowship in allergy, asthma, and immunology at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Tanner is certified by the American Board of Allergy & Immunology and the American Board of Pediatrics. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. Dr. Tanner serves as Medical Director for Atlanta Allergy & Asthma and has received the Atlanta magazine Top Doctors honor every year since 2010.


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