William W. Busse, MD is a professor in the Division of Allergy and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health in Madison. He is a co-author of the peerless Middleton’s Allergy: Principles and Practice, of which the 8th edition is due to publish in late 2013.
Dr. Busse received his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School. Following an internship at Cincinnati General Hospital, he completed a residency in internal medicine and fellowship in allergy and immunology at the University of Wisconsin under the mentorship of Dr. Charles E. Reed. Dr. Busse has been on the faculty at the University of Wisconsin Medical School since 1974, and served as head of the Allergy and Clinical Immunology Division from 1978 to 2004. He is a diplomat of the American Board of Internal Medicine and American Board of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.
Dr. Busse’s clinical interests include anaphylaxis, asthma, exercise-induced asthma, inflammation, and virus-induced airway hyper-reactivity. His research team has studied mechanisms of asthma, particularly focusing on how viral respiratory infections provoke asthma, the cellular processes of inflammation, and severe asthma. Dr. Busse is also the principal investigator on an NIH-NIAID Inner City Asthma Consortium, which is funded to study immune-based therapy for asthma in inner-city children.
Over the years, Dr. Busse has served on a number of national committees. He was a director on the American Board of Allergy and Immunology and on the Advisory Council, National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Dr. Busse was a member of the Expert Panel on the Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma, and is presently chair of this group. He has been on the AAAAI board of directors for many years and served as president of the AAAAI in 2000-2001.
Dr. Busse has been listed in Madison Magazine’s Top Docs, as well as in Best Doctors in America in the top 1% in his field. He has received the Folkert Belzer Life Achievement Award, the American Thoracic Society Award for Scientific Accomplishments, and the Citation Award for Achievement from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health.