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Stat May 18, 2022

Welcome Gregory Downey, MD, ATSF, New President of the ATS!                           

Gregory Downey, MD, ATSF became the new president of the American Thoracic Society during the Plenary Session held during ATS 2022 in San Francisco.  
Dr. Downey is a professor of medicine, pediatrics, and immunology and genomic medicine at National Jewish Health where he also serves as executive vice president of Academic Affairs, and provost. He is also professor of medicine and immunology and microbiology and associate dean of Health Affairs at the University of Colorado in Denver. He was originally elected in 2019.

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Richard Zou, MD, is the ATS 2022 Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Awardee

Richard Zou, MD, has been named the ATS 2022 Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Awardee!
Dr. Zou is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a MS candidate in the Clinical Research Program (Comparative Effectiveness Track) at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education.

His clinical research focuses on understanding risk factors and mechanisms of muscle loss and frailty in COPD. He was recently awarded an F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship to identify clinical and molecular phenotypes associated with rapid muscle mass decline and to provide mechanistic insight into the natural history of muscle loss in smokers.

The Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award is an ATS Scholarship Award that recognizes the best and the brightest clinical research pulmonary and critical care fellows, in honor of the inspiring mentoring practices of Morton Ziskind, MD.

For more information about the Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award program, please visit our website.



CME Certificates of credit for ATS 2022 will be awarded based on the participant attending the activity, completing and submitting an evaluation and attesting to the credits earned. A CME certificate will be available upon successful completion of all three components. You will be able to evaluate and claim CME credit until July 31, 2022.

MOC is also available. Learn more about the process and claim your points now.

View the conference accreditation and credit designation statements now. Please contact with any questions. If you have any questions about the ATS MOC portfolio, please contact us at


Underrepresented in Medicine Mentorship Program: Seeking Mentors!

The Underrepresented in Medicine (URM) Mentorship Program is seeking mentors for its 2022-23 ATS URM mentorship program.

ATS URM mentorship is a two-year program beginning each year during the annual ATS International Conference. A new cohort is onboarded every year. In advance of the conference, mentees are assigned to a mentee liaison, based on shared interests, whom they meet during the kick-off reception during the conference.
Over the course of the year, the Health Equity and Diversity Committee (HEDC) organizes webinars, online trainings, and other online sessions that touch on issues unique or specific to the URM mentees. The HEDC also periodically provides virtual “office hours” where the mentees can touch base with their liaisons, as well as virtual networking sessions where they can collaborate on projects or simply catch up with each other.

If you are interested in becoming a mentor, you can learn more here.

Please contact Courtney White, senior director, Health Equity and Community Engagement with any questions.


Call for Papers: AJRCCM Asthma-Focused Special Issue

In April 2021, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine published a special issue dedicated to asthma, which included articles that had an important influence on the scientific community. Several of those papers are now listed in the Highly Cited category on Web of Science.

With an impact factor of 21.4 in 2021, the AJRCCM is increasingly better positioned to help raise awareness of the current progress and continuing needs in asthma research. Therefore, we are dedicating a new, special issue to the topic of asthma in both adults and children, which will be published in February 2023.

We invite asthma researchers and scientists to submit original papers for consideration for this focused issue. We welcome submissions involving basic and translational research, epidemiological science, clinical trials, and community-based research.

Submissions must conform to the Journal’s formatting requirements and should include a cover letter mentioning the special asthma-themed issue. If you have questions, please contact Marc Bendian.