The Kagen family has been building better communities in Wisconsin since 1948, helping to make health care a right, not a privilege.
Family and Business Life
Steve Kagen grew up in Appleton, Wisconsin with his father and mother Dr. Marv and Virginia Kagen, brother Charlie, and sister Suzanne. In the late 1940’s, Steve’s father helped form the Democratic Party of Wisconsin with late U.S. Senators Gaylord Nelson and Bill Proxmire, Governor Pat Lucey and others; and in the 1960s, the entire Kagen family marched for Equal Rights with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Steve attended Appleton’s public schools, graduating from Appleton East in 1968, and he earned an Honors Degree in Molecular Biology in 1972 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he also earned his M.D. in 1976.
Dr. Steve Kagen is Board Certified in Internal Medicine; Allergy-Immunology; and Diagnostic Laboratory Immunology, and served as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Allergy-Immunology at the Medical College of Wisconsin and the Zablocki Veterans Administration Medical Center in Milwaukee from 1981-2006.
In 1981, Steve returned to Appleton with his wife, Gayle, where they raised and educated their four children and opened Kagen Allergy Clinics in Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Fond du Lac. (KagenAllergy.com)
The Kagen children followed in their family’s tradition of caring for others. Melissa is an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner (APNP) caring for our military veterans and their families in our nation’s largest VA mental health hospital in the U.S.A.; Mike is a physician specializing in Internal Medicine and former U.S. and North American Champion Olympic style long track speed skater; Tom is an artist specializing in furniture design at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design; and Stephanie is an Intensive Care Unit nurse in Wisconsin. Like their parents, the Kagen Kids have an uncompromising concern for their communities.
State Champion: Track, Speed Skating, Cycling
In 1966, Steve was a Wisconsin State Champion in track (Monona Grove Relays 4×100 relay), and a State Champion in speed skating in 1973. Kagen was also a Wisconsin Lowenbrau Cycling Champion in 1982.
Consultant in Marketing and Health Care
CNN – Dr. Kagen was the exclusive Allergy Consultant to CNN, CNN Headline News, CNN Airport News and CNN Interactive from 1995 – 2002, having previously been an Allergy Consultant to the Weather Channel. Kagen also created the nation’s first premier allergy and asthma website: Allernet.com®
Johnson & Johnson – Steve helped develop a national radio marketing campaign for Tylenol Allergy Sinus®.
Kimberly-Clark (K-C) – Dr. Kagen created Helpful Hints for Allergy Sufferers© on millions of Kleenex® tissue boxes, educating consumers about allergy and asthma.
The Weather Channel – Dr. Kagen created the first broadcast-ready computer animations of airborne pollens and mold spores as the owner of NPN® (National Pollen Network®) which were shown on television weather reports in association with daily pollen and mold spore levels.
Allergy and Asthma Research
In addition to caring for patients, Steve is also an accomplished research scientist, having discovered many new causes of allergy with his colleague R. Muthiah, PhD. Kagen and Muthiah were the first to standardize allergen vaccines for the treatment of allergic rhinitis and asthma.
Kagen and Muthiah earned a U.S. patent for discovering a major worldwide allergenic protein in the storage mite, L. destructor.Dr. Kagen also developed the first test-yourself kit for AIDS, the first blood test for Lyme disease in Wisconsin, and was the first to clone a gene from an allergen present worldwide.
Community Service Awards and Recognition
Best Doctors in America – Wisconsin physicians voted Dr. Kagen as one of the “Best Doctors in America” and served on the Board of Directors of the Joint Council of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology from 1988 to 1992.
Patriot Award – Kagen received the Patriot Award from his high school alma mater, Appleton East High School, for his extensive public service.
EPA Award – In 2005, Steve was honored nationally by the G.W. Bush administration’s Environmental Protection Agency for creating a fifth-grade allergy and asthma education program to protect children from environmental risks – The Allergy Family Guide®.
ThedaCare Cancer Center – Steve and Gayle Kagen helped establish the Martha Seikman Cancer Center at Appleton Medical Center in Appleton, Wisconsin.
Children’s Museum – Steve and Gayle Kagen were honored with the Founders’ Award by the Fox Cities’ Children’s Museum for their contributions to its success.
Congressional Recognition Awards – Local, state and national business and social organizations recognized Congressman Kagen for his efforts to grow our economy, protect our nation and secure access to health care for all of us while serving in the U.S. House of Representatives.
In addition to his scientific publications, Steve has authored a number of patient education books about allergy and asthma, including Allergy InsideOut®, The Allergy Family Guide® and The Aeroallergen PhotoLibrary of North America®.