CHOP congratulates Kathleen E. Sullivan, MD, PhD, Chief of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, who received the 2017 Boyle Scientific Achievement Award earlier this year from the Immune Deficiency Foundation (IDF).
“The Boyle Award is the highest honor in the field of primary immune deficiency, and I was thrilled to be recognized,” said Sullivan.
The Boyle Award pays tribute to a member of the scientific medical community who has made extensive contributions toward improving diagnosis and care of patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases. These diseases include over 300 rare, chronic disorders in which a patient’s immune system does not function properly. Sullivan shared this year’s award with immunologist Jennifer Puck, MD, of the University of California San Francisco.
The IDF recognized Sullivan’s accomplishments in investigating common variable immunodeficiency, chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome, and her work in defining the role of epigenetics in inflammation. In addition to her position as division chief, Sullivan holds the Frank R. Wallace Endowed Chair in Infectious Diseases.
During the 2017 IDF National Conference in Anaheim, Calif., Sullivan (center) received the Boyle Award from IDF president Marcia Boyle (left) and prominent immunologist Dr. Rebecca Buckley of Duke University (right). Sullivan’s zebra earrings reflect the Foundation’s commitment to helping patients and families with rare diseases.