Dean D. Metcalfe, M.D., M.S.

Chief, Mast Cell Biology Section

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Specialty(s): Allergy and Immunology, Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Provides direct clinical care to patients at NIH Clinical Center


M.D., University of Tennessee

M.S., University of Michigan

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Dr. Metcalfe received his M.D. at the University of Tennessee and an M.S. in microbiology at the University of Michigan, where he also did a residency in internal medicine. Dr. Metcalfe then trained in allergy and immunology during a fellowship at NIAID, followed by training in rheumatology while a Fellow in Immunology at the Robert Brigham Hospital in Boston. In 1995, he was appointed as the first Chief of the newly created Laboratory of Allergic Diseases at NIAID, a position he continued for 22 years until stepping down as Laboratory Chief in 2017. He is a past president of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, and a past chair of the American Board of Allergy and Immunology. Dr. Metcalfe is a Fellow of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology and a member of the Association of American Physicians, Collegium Internationale Allergologicum, and American Clinical and Climatological Association. Dr. Metcalfe is a recipient of numerous awards including the Commendation, Outstanding Service and Meritorious Service Medals of the USPHS, an Outstanding Alumnus Award from University of Tennessee College of Medicine Alumni, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the Association the American Academy of Allergy and Asthma and Immunology, the Distinguished Scientist Award from the World Allergy Organization, the Lifetime Mentorship Award from the AAAAI and the ECNM Researcher of the Year.