BOZEMAN, MT, January 11, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Alan Anson Wanderer, MD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.
Esteemed for his decades of professional medical experience, Dr. Wanderer is currently retired, having formerly excelled both in medical practice, as a physician scientist who made major medical research contributions, inventor, author and as the Medical Director and President of the Allergy & Asthma Consultants of Colorado and later Montana from 1975 until his retirement in 2011. Prior to these positions, he worked as the Director of Education in the Department of Pediatrics at the Lutheran Medical Center in Colorado from 1989 to 1990. Dr. Wanderer also served as the Medical Director for the Clinical Research Group of Montana PLLC and the Clinical Research Group of Colorado.
During an earlier period of his career, he was active as the co-founder, the executive vice president, the medical director and the chairman of the board for Medical Safety Products Inc. (MSPI). With the aforementioned company, he helped develop Hematype®, a safety product that is utilized by the majority of U.S. blood banks to prevent blood spray on technicians while testing blood samples for type & X-match. MSPI was awarded the Gold Medal Medical Design Excellence Award from the Industrial Designers Society of America in 1999 for the Hematype®. Dr. Wanderer is additionally credited with more than 20 patents for medical safety devices in the United States and currently he has patents pending for an eyeglass and hearing aid retainer.
Before embarking on his professional path, Dr. Wanderer pursued an education at Columbia University, where he graduated with a Doctor of Medicine in the Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1961. He subsequently completed an Internal Medicine Internship in the Columbia division of Bellevue Hospital from 1961 to 1962, a pediatric residency at Weill Cornell Medicine from 1962 to 1964 where he was Chief Resident of Pediatrics. Between 1965 and 1967, Dr. Wanderer served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. Subsequently from 1967 to 1969 he completed a fellowship in the Department of Allergy and Immunology at the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine. Following his medical training and experiences, Dr. Wanderer became licensed to practice medicine in Colorado and Montana and obtained certifications from the American Board of Pediatrics, the American Board of Allergy, Asthma and Clinical Immunology, and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals.
Dr. Wanderer has participated in numerous endeavors beyond his primary responsibilities in the field. Distinguished as an Emeritus Clinical Professor of Allergy and Clinical Immunology by the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in 2005, he contributed to the National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine as a staff physician from 1970 to 1971 and a clinical staff physician from 1971 to 2000. During this time, he practiced his specialty and maintained an ongoing interest in clinical research as a physician scientist. He held the post of Chief of Allergy and Immunology at Mercy Hospital Denver from 1971 to 1988. Dr. Wanderer was also elected as the President of the Colorado Allergy & Asthma Society.
Dr. Wanderer has found success with his written works as well, having authored "Hives: The Road to Diagnosis & Treatment of Urticaria" in 2004 and "Anaphylaxis: A Medical Thriller" in 2012, both of which were released through Anson Publishing Inc. His wealth of knowledge was further highlighted as a featured interviewee on the PBS series "Healthy Minds, Healthy Body" in 2009. Dr. Wanderer has also authored 60 peer-reviewed articles published in medical journals that can be viewed on Google Scholar: (https://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0%2C27&q=Alan+Wanderer+MD&oq=). These publications received over 5,000 citations by other medical authors.
In light of his undertakings, Dr. Wanderer has accrued several accolades throughout his career. Notably, he has been recognized as a Fellow of the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Allergy & Asthma. He was recognized as one of Three Best Allergists in Denver by Health Styles of Colorado in 1991 and 1995.
A renowned expert on cold sensitivity disorders, Dr. Wanderer is also acknowledged as the co-discoverer of the cryopyrin gene mutation for cryopyrin associated periodic syndromes which are inherited disorders of inflammation. The cryopyrin protein was subsequently recognized to be an important part of innate i.e. (humans are born with it) immunity and was renamed the NLRP-3 inflammasome. In turn the pharmaceutical industry has focused developing therapies to dampen inflammation caused by NLRP-3 stimulation in many conditions such as COVID-19, Alzheimer's Disease, Parkinson's Disease, and cardiac failure, among others.
Amongst his civic activities, he is most proud of his efforts with many participants in preventing the destruction of the Golda Meier Home in Denver which was subsequently moved to the Auraria campus of the Metropolitan State University where it now exists as a museum. A rededication ceremony to honor all who participated in saving this historic home is planned January 2022.
Dr. Wanderer was inspired to seek a career in medicine after losing his mother to cancer at an early age. He has attributed his success to the influence of his mentors, including Henry Shinefield, MD, Elliot Ellis, MD; Richard Farr, MD; Charles Kirkpatrick, MD; Charles Dinarello, MD; Patsy Giclas, PhD; Harold Hoffman, MD; and his now deceased friend, William "Bill" Sagstetter, who was a co-developer of the medical device, Hematype® and a participant in the preservation of the Golda Meier home. Looking toward the future, Dr. Wanderer hopes to remain healthy and involved in clinical research.
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