South Side physician receives lifetime achievement award

South Side Physician Receives Lifetime Achievement Award 

Prestigious award honors Dr. Michael Foggs for contributions to the field of allergy and immunology medicine 

By Cassie Richardson, Patch Poster | Dec 11, 2017 11:21 am ET | Updated Dec 11, 2017 11:22 am ET

Dr. Michael Foggs, Chief of Allergy and Immunology for Advocate Medical Group (AMG), recently was honored with a prestigious Living Legend lifetime achievement award from the National Medical Association (NMA), the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians in the U.S.

The award is given to one NMA member each year, honoring their extraordinary contributions to the medical field and community leadership. Recipients exemplify leadership, service, and dedication to eradicating health disparities across the country.

"This is fitting recognition for Dr. Foggs' accomplishments and contributions to allergy and immunology medicine, as well as his dedication to advancing his field," says Vincent Bufalino, MD, president, Advocate Medical Group. "He is very deserving, and we are very proud to count Dr. Foggs as a member of our medical group."

Dr. Foggs, a Chicago resident practicing on Chicago's south side, joins Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr., cardiothoracic surgeon and inventor of the implantable cardiac defibrillator and Dr. Ben Carson, neurosurgeon and current U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, as NMA Living Legend recipients.

Recognized as one of the country's leading allergists and immunologists, Dr. Foggs helped develop the asthma guidelines for the National Institutes of Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and co-authored an NIH textbook on the subject. He has also been published in numerous peer-reviewed publications, and lead plenary lectures across the world.

Dr. Foggs served for 15 years on the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pulmonary-Allergy Drugs Advisory Committee, and was the recipient of the FDA Distinguished Service Award. He is the past-president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, and the American Association of Certified Allergists & Immunologists.

After receiving his bachelor's degree in biology and biochemistry from Yale University, Dr. Foggs earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his residency at Northwestern University Medical Center, as well as fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.

In his spare time, Dr. Foggs is a cartoonist, poetry writer, novelist, and entrepreneur.