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2023 Respiratory Health Awardees

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The Respiratory Health Awards will be presented at several events during the ATS conference.

  • The J. Randall Curtis Humanism Award, Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science, Public Service Award, and World Lung Health Award will be presented at the Opening Ceremony, Saturday, May 20, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E (Level 2).
  • The J. Burns Amberson Lecture, Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal, and Distinguished Achievement Awards will be presented at the Awards Ceremony, Sunday, May 21, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E (Level 2).
  • The Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment Awards will be presented Monday, May 22, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Room 202A (Level 2).
  • The Outstanding Clinician, Outstanding Educator, and Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Awards will be presented at the Plenary Session, Tuesday, May 23, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Hall E (Level 2).

Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal

Edward Livingston Trudeau Medal recognizes major contributions to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease, critical illness, or sleep disorders through leadership in research, education or clinical care, and acknowledges exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship in the ATS community. The Trudeau Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the ATS and is given in honor of Edward Livingston Trudeau, a founder and the first president of the American Lung Association.

J. Randall Curtis, MD, MPH

 


J. Randall Curtis Humanism Award

J. Randall Curtis Humanism Award recognizes and celebrates individuals whose work reflects the ideals espoused by Dr. Curtis throughout his career of compassion, humanism and mentorship. The recipient should reflect these values in daily practice and to continuously strive to be exemplars of humanism in healthcare. This award assesses their professional and personal skills, and professional and academic activities that provide evidence of the following qualities and characteristics: exceptional mentoring skills, compassionate delivery of patient care, competence in scientific endeavors, respect for patients, families and colleagues, embodiment of the values of diversity, equity and inclusion in their daily work and life, effective, empathic communication and listening skills and service to community.

Erin K. Kross, MD

 


J. Burns Amberson Lecture

The Amberson Lecture recognizes major contributions to clinical or basic research that have advanced our fundamental understanding of the basic, translational, or clinical approaches to respiratory disease, critical illness, or sleep disorders. This award also recognizes exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship through mentorship and leadership in the ATS community. The Lecture is given in honor of James Burns Amberson, an international authority on chest disease and tuberculosis.

Zea Borok, MBChB, ATSF

Dr. Borok's Amberson Lecture Presentation: "Type I, Type II and Everything In Between: Unlocking the Plasticity of Alveolar Epithelial Cells"


Distinguished Achievement Award

Distinguished Achievement Awardees are individuals who have made outstanding major contributions that advance the missions of the American Thoracic Society. Awardees have made substantial contributions to prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung disease, critical illness, or sleep disorders through advocacy, training, and mentorship. This award recognizes one major accomplishment or cumulative impact on the field.

Sharron J. Crowder, PhD, RN

 


Jennifer L. Taylor-Cousar, MD, MSc

 


Jo Rae Wright Award for Outstanding Science

The 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.

Lauren E. Ferrante, MD, MHS, ATSF

 


Public Service Award

The Public Service Award recognizes contributions to public and population health equity related to, for example, improvement of air quality, eradication of tobacco usage, prevention of lung disease, advocacy, improved management of communicable respiratory diseases, or improvement in the ethical delivery, and access to health care in areas related to lung diseases, sleep health, or critical care.

Christine Mary Garvey MSN, MPA, FNP, MSN

 


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 health care, 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.

Obianuju Beatrice Ozoh, MBBS, MSc, ATSF

 


Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments

The Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishments recognizes outstanding scientific contributions in basic or clinical arenas to enhance the understanding, prevention and treatment of respiratory disease, critical illness, or sleep disorders and recognizes exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship through mentorship and scientific involvement in the ATS community. 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 20-minute presentation on their research.

Karen Elizabeth Ann Burns, MD, MSCR, MSc

Dr. Burn's Presentation: "Liberating Critically Ill Adults from Invasive Mechanical Ventilation"


Joseph P. Mizgerd, ScD, ATSF

Dr. Mizgerd's Presentation: "Lung Immunity Responsible for Pneumonia Susceptibility and Outcome"


Ana L. Mora, MD

Dr. Mora's Presentation: "Aging and Mitochondrial Dysfunction at the Spotlight of Lung Fibrosis"


Xin Sun, PhD

Dr. Sun's Presentation: "Pushing Boundary: Consider the Lung as a Sensory Organ"


Outstanding Educator Award

The Outstanding Educator Award recognizes lifetime achievements and excellence in clinical or research education and mentoring in the fields of pulmonary, critical care or sleep medicine.

Carol L. Rosen, MD

 


Research Innovation and Translation Achievement Award

The 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 health care needs. The award also recognizes their accomplishments and role as leaders pursuing team science through collaborative approaches, both interdisciplinary and inter-institutional.

Ramon Farre, PhD, ATSF

 


Outstanding Clinician Award

The Outstanding Clinician Award recognizes an individual who has made substantial contributions in the clinical care of patients with lung disease on a local or national level. The awardee must be a pulmonary, critical care or sleep clinician who spends 75% or more of their time providing direct patient care and are recognized by patients and families as a caring and dedicated healthcare provider and by their peers as having made substantial contributions to the clinical care of patients with respiratory disease.

Kevin F. Gibson, MD

 


For information about the 2023 Respiratory Health Awards, please contact Miriam Rodriquez (mrodriguez@thoracic.org) and Nicole Feijoo (nfeijoo@thoracic.org).