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2019 Respiratory Health Awardees

The Respiratory Health Awards will be presented at several events during the ATS conference. Please see below for more details.


The Amberson Lecture, Trudeau Medal and Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented during the Awards Session on Sunday, May 19, 4:30 - 5:45 p.m., in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Hall A (Level 2).

Amberson Lecture

The Amberson Lecture recognizes exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship through mentorship and leadership in the ATS community. The Amberson Lecturer is an individual with a career of major lifetime contributions to clinical or basic pulmonary research and/or clinical practice. The Lecture is given in honor of James Burns Amberson, an international authority on chest disease and tuberculosis.
Lecturer: Jahar Bhattacharya, MD, DPhil, New York, NY

Trudeau Medal

The Trudeau Medalist is an individual with lifelong major contributions to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease through leadership in research, education, or clinical care. This award acknowledges exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship in the ATS community. The Trudeau Medal was established in 1926 and is given in honor of Edward Livingston Trudeau, a founder and the first president of the American Lung Association.
Awardee: Jacob I. Sznajder, MD, Chicago, IL

Distinguished Achievement Award

Distinguished Achievement Awardees are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to fighting respiratory disease through research, education, patient care, or advocacy. The Distinguished Achievement Award acknowledges an awardee's professionalism, collegiality and citizenship in lung health and the research community.
Awardees:
John Hansen-Flaschen, MD, ATSF, Philadelphia, PA
Meir Kryger, MD, New Haven, CT


The Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science, World Lung Health and Public Service Awards will be presented during the Opening Ceremony on Saturday, May 18, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Hall A (Level 2).

World Lung Health Award

The World Lung Health Award recognizes contributions to improving world lung health in the area of translational or implementation research, delivery of healthcare, continuing education or care of patients with lung disease, or related political advocacy with a special emphasis on efforts that have the potential to eliminate gender, racial, ethnic, or economic health disparities worldwide.
Awardee: Peter D. Sly, MBBS, MD, ATSF, South Brisbane, Australia

Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science

Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science recognizes demonstrated potential for significant achievement and contributions. This award is aimed at the rising generation of individuals who will be tomorrow’s leaders in science.
Awardee: Yvonne J. Huang, MD, Ann Arbor, MI

Public Service Award

The Public Service Award recognizes contributions to public health related to improvement of indoor and outdoor air quality, eradication of tobacco usage, prevention of lung disease, improved management of communicable respiratory diseases, or improvement in the ethical delivery, and access to healthcare in areas related to lung diseases, sleep disorders, or critical care. There is a special emphasis on efforts that have the potential to eliminate gender, racial, ethnic or economic disparities.
Awardee: Dona J. Upson, MD, MA, Albuquerque, NM


The Recognition Awards for Scientific Accomplishments will be presented on Monday, May 20, 2:15 - 4:15 p.m., in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Ballroom A Three (Level 2).

Recognition Awards for Scientific Accomplishments

The Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in basic or clinical research to enhance the understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory disease or critical illness. Awardees are selected based on contributions made throughout their careers or for major contributions made at a particular point in their careers. Awardees will make a 25-minute presentation on their research.
Awardees:
Joanna Floros, PhD, ATSF, Hershey, PA
Nicholas W. Lukacs, PhD, Ann Arbor, MI
Prabir Ray, PhD, Pittsburgh, PA
Theodore J. Standiford, MD, Ann Arbor, MI


The Outstanding Educator, Research Innovation and Translation Achievement, and Outstanding Clinician Awards will be presented during the Plenary Session on Tuesday, May 21, 11:45 a.m. – 1:15 p.m., in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas, Ballroom A One (Level 2).

Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes lifetime contributions in education and mentoring in the fields of pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine. This award honors excellence in clinical or research education as it relates to pulmonary disease.
Awardee: Richard M. Schwartzstein, MD, Boston, MA

Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award

Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of respiratory research focused on specific innovations to improve health by advancing practice, policy and health care delivery. This includes, but is not limited to drug/device discovery and development, implementation and regulatory science, as well as basic, translational, clinical, public health and health services research. The awardee’s contributions demonstrate real-world innovation with tangible benefits to address unmet respiratory healthcare needs. The award also recognizes their accomplishments and role as leaders pursuing team science through collaborative approaches, both interdisciplinary and inter-institutional.
Awardees: 
Marcus Y. Chen, MD, Bethesda, MD
Han Wen, PhD, Bethesda, MD

Outstanding Clinician Award

The Outstanding Clinician Award is presented to an individual who has made substantial contributions in the clinical care of patients with lung disease on a local or national level.
Awardee: Octavius D. Polk Jr., MD, Washington, DC