A true thought leader, esteemed researcher, and honored expert in the field of allergy and immunology, Dr. Stanley Fineman is announcing his retirement after 45 years of clinical practice.
“It’s truly been an honor and a privilege to have cared for patients and been an active participant in the growth and development of our specialty for nearly half a century,” Dr. Fineman says.
Dr. Fineman, an Atlanta native, began his acclaimed career after earning his medical degree from Emory University School of Medicine and completing both his internship and residency in Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio. Next, he did his Allergy and Immunology fellowship at Harvard University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Fineman then returned to metro Atlanta in 1978 to begin working in private practice in Marietta. In 1997, he joined Atlanta Allergy & Asthma. That same year he earned his Master of Business Administration at Kennesaw State University.
Dr. Fineman has been a leader in numerous professional organizations. He is a Fellow and past president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, from whom he received the Distinguished Fellow award. He is also a Fellow in the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. He served on the boards of the World Allergy Organization and the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics. He has served as president of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology; the Southeastern Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Society; the Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology Society of Georgia; and the Cobb County Medical Society. Dr. Fineman has also been a Governor for the Regional State and Local Societies of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology.
Dr. Fineman’s tenure as an allergist has been filled with countless professional accolades. He was named Professional of the Year in 1985 and 1996 by the American Lung Association of Georgia. He received the prodigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the Southeastern Allergy Association in 2015. Dr. Fineman has consistently ranked among the best doctors in the state, been annually recognized by Castle Connolly, and appeared on numerous top doctors lists in a host of publications, including Atlanta magazine’s yearly Top Doctors issue.
Among Dr. Fineman’s highest achievements was being the 2020 recipient of the prestigious Gold Headed Cane Award given by the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology. This annual recognition is awarded to a physician who symbolizes the pursuit of the highest standards of scientific excellence and integrity.
Dr. Fineman also received a top accolade from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, which honored him with their Outstanding Volunteer Faculty award in 2021. It recognizes his role teaching future allergists at Emory University School of Medicine where he serves as Adjunct Associate Professor Department of Pediatrics, Allergy Division.
He has authored more than 40 scientific papers and has written several book chapters on various topics pertaining to allergy and immunology. He has been the Principal Investigator in more than 40 clinical trials and most recently has overseen trials seeking to develop new treatments for food allergy.
Dr. Fineman is current Editor in Chief for the publication Allergy Watch and serves on the editorial boards of the medical journals Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and Allergy & Asthma Proceedings. He has been a regular participant on the podcast “AllergyTalk,” which reviews various scientific publications. He has been a frequent lecturer at regional, national, and international medical meetings. Dr. Fineman has often been utilized as an expert voice in the media, appearing in both local and national outlets including NBC News, The Weather Channel, and the Associated Press, as well as a frequent guest on WSB Radio’s “The Weekly Check-up.”
As for his future, Dr. Fineman plans to continue his professional involvement with organizations, particularly the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and continue contributing to allergy publications. He will also continue to oversee clinical trials for Atlanta Allergy & Asthma’s Research Department. On the personal side, he looks forward to traveling with his wife of 52 years, Judy, and enjoying time with their three children, their spouses, and seven grandsons.
Throughout a career marked by numerous accolades, Dr. Fineman says his deepest fulfillment has come from caring for individuals affected by allergic diseases and immune disorders, often spanning multiple generations within families.
“Caring for my patients has been the most rewarding part of my career,” Dr. Fineman says, “and I am grateful for the trust they have placed in me and Atlanta Allergy & Asthma.”