ACCP Awards

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College Medalist Award
Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, FCCP

Kalpalatha K. Guntupalli, MD, FCCP

The College Medalist Award is a long-standing award for meritorious service in furthering progress in the field of diseases of the chest. It honors a clinician, author, teacher, or investigator.

Dr. Guntupalli is Professor and Chief of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Her research interests are in ARDS and resident/patient education. She is the recipient of many awards, including The CHEST Foundation’s Second Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine, where she developed Frequently Asked Questions in the ICU, a patient brochure in four languages; Breaking Bad News, a DVD to teach communication skills to residents and fellows; and Ventilator Waveforms, a programmed self-learning DVD. Dr. Guntupalli has also been the recipient of many honors, including the World Lung Health Award by The American Thoracic Society; Courage to Teach Award by the ACGME; and the “Pravasi Bharatiya Samman” award presented by the President of India, among many others. Dr. Guntupalli was President of the ACCP in 2009-2010; a trustee and secretary of The CHEST Foundation; chair of the Critical Care Institute and a member of the Diversity, Nominating, Ethics, and several other ACCP committees and Women’s Health NetWork. As President of the ACCP, she delivered on her theme of “Care Locally—Reach Globally.” She developed antitobacco educational CDs, a cartoon, and cartoon books in seven languages that have been used in India by more than 150,000 school children.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Distinguished Service Award
Paul H. Mayo, MD, FCCP

Paul H. Mayo, MD, FCCP

First named the Distinguished Fellow Award, this award was initially conferred in 1976 and given to Alfred Soffer, MD, Master FCCP. The award was recently combined with the Distinguished Service Award and renamed as such. This award is not an annual one but is conferred as appropriate to an ACCP Fellow (or group) who has held a leader- ship position in the ACCP and has led significant society achievements and/ or has donated time, leadership, and service to the ACCP.

Dr. Mayo is a Professor of Medicine at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine a full-time intensivist at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Queens, New York. He has a longstanding interest in critical care ultrasonography. As a Fellow of the ACCP, he has served on the Critical Care NetWork Steering Committee and the Education Committee. He has been very active at the ACCP with simulation education and the ultrasound working group in developing ultrasound education projects for the College. These include multiple, free-standing courses, ultrasound training at the annual meetings, and ongoing faculty development.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Presidential Citation Honor Lecture
David J. Prezant, MD, FCCP

David J. Prezant, MD, FCCP

This award, first conferred in 1970, whose recipient is selected by the current ACCP President, honors an outstanding faculty member speaking at CHEST. One recipient is chosen each year based upon his or her exceptional expertise in a given field.

Dr. Prezant is the Chief Medical Officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and the Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner for Health Policy. He is FDNY’s Senior Pulmonary Consultant, Co-Director of FDNY’s World Trade Center Medical Programs, and the principal investigator for the NIOSH-funded FDNY World Trade Center Data Center. He is a Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Director of their Pulmonary Medicine Course for 2nd year medical students, and a pulmonary physician at its main teaching hospital – Montefiore Medical Center. Since September 11, 2001, Dr. Prezant has devoted his entire clinical and research efforts to (a) the design and implementation of a medical monitoring and treatment program for FDNY firefighters and EMS rescue workers funded by FDNY and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health; and (b) improvementation in EMS pre-hospital medical care. To date, Dr. Prezant has published over 40 research papers on the health impact of WTC collapse on NYC firefighters and EMS workers. His ACCP and Foundation commitments include serving on the Executive Committee as a trustee of The CHEST Foundation and on its development, marketing, and nominating committees and serving on several ACCP NetWorks. Dr. Present will present his lecture, World Trade Center-Related Respiratory Diseases: How Science Has Informed Clinical and Public Health Decision Making, Sunday, October 21, 1:15 pm – 2:45 pm.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Master Fellow Award
Peter J. Barnes, DM, FCCP

Peter J. Barnes, DM, FCCP

This title was established in 1980 to honor Fellows of the ACCP who have achieved national or international professional prominence due to their personal character, leadership, eminence in clinical practice, contributions to medical research, or years of outstanding service to the College.

Peter Barnes is Professor of Thoracic Medicine at the National Heart and Lung Institute, Head of Respiratory Medicine at Imperial College, and Honorary Consultant Physician at Royal Brompton Hospital, London. He qualified at Cambridge and Oxford Universities (first class honors) and was appointed to his present post in 1987. He has published over 1,000 peer-review papers on asthma, COPD, and related topics and has written or edited over 50 books. He is also among the top 50 most highly cited researchers in the world, has been the most highly cited clinical scientist in Europe, and the most highly cited respiratory researcher in the world over the last 20 years. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007, the first respiratory researcher for over 150 years. He is currently a member of the Scientific Committee of the WHO/NIH global guidelines on asthma (GINA) and COPD (GOLD). He also serves on the editorial board of over 30 journals and is currently an Associate Editor of American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Chest, Journal of COPD, and respiratory Editor of PLoS Medicine. He has received honorary MD degrees from the Universities of Ferrara (Italy), Athens (Greece), Tampere (Finland), and Leuven (Belgium). He is President-Elect of the European Respiratory Society. Dr. Barnes co-founded an Imperial spin-out company RespiVert, which has developed novel inhaled treatments for COPD and severe asthma, and has now been acquired by Johnson & Johnson.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Alfred Soffer Award for Editorial Excellence
Nicki Augustyn

Nicki Augustyn

This award was established in 1992 to honor Alfred Soffer, MD, Master FCCP, Editor in Chief of the Journal CHEST from 1968 to 1993 and Executive Director of the ACCP from 1969 to 1992. Awardees have made significant contributions to CHEST and are often world experts in pulmonary and critical care medicine, have written numerous papers and abstracts, have served as primary investigators, and/or have served as the editor of a specific department in CHEST.

Nicki Augustyn is the Director of Publications for the ACCP. She joined the College in 2009 as Managing Editor of CHEST, where she oversaw the monthly publication of the flagship journal, including ACCP guidelines and consensus statements, led the development of the CHEST app for iPhone® and iPad®, retooled the licensing program, and helped launch and integrate e-books on the online journal platform. Currently, she also has been playing a major role in the ongoing effort to launch and integrate several new technology platforms with the goal of delivering learning opportunities and current research to an expanding audience of physicians and health-care professionals. Before joining the ACCP, she worked in journal publishing for the American Marketing Association and the Society of Critical Care Medicine. Prior to that, she attended Columbia College of Chicago, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Fiction Writing. She continues to believe in the power of literature to affect lives and perspectives in the cognitive world, and in practical terms, enjoys participating in the dissemination of medical information that holds the power to improve the quality of lives in the physical world. This award is bestowed upon Nicki Augustyn because her contributions have been instrumental in CHEST becoming the journal of the future in the present.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease
Jennifer Grandis, MD

Jennifer Grandis, MD

The Selection Committee of the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease is honored to present its 27th Annual Award to Dr. Jennifer R. Grandis, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Chemical Biology and Professor of Otolaryngology at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. She holds the UPMC Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research and is Principal Investigator of the SPORE (NIH) in Lung Cancer.

Dr. Grandis received her BA degree from Swarthmore College and MD, Magna Cum Laude, from the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine, where she also received her training in surgery and in Otolaryngology. She has dedicated her career to determining the key genetic alterations that characterize head and neck cancers with the ultimate goal of developing effective treatment strategies for more effective prevention and treatment. In doing so, she is widely recognized for pioneering the mechanisms of epidermal growth factor receptor (ECGF) signaling mechanisms and developed her novel antisense gene therapy for her own investigator-initiated NIH trial. Now, a NIH phase II trial is in progress with her FDA-approved cetuximab and EGFR monoclonal antibody making her new approach the first new drug for the treatment of head and neck cancer in nearly half a century.

This award will be presented:
Sunday, October 21
Opening Session
8:45 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care
Marin Kollef, MD, FCCP

Marin Kollef, MD, FCCPP

Initiated in 2000, the Distinguished Scholar Program enables ACCP members who propose outstanding projects in cardiopulmonary and critical care medicine to extend their impact in clinical practice. Each recipient serves as Distinguished Scholar for 3 years. Eli Lilly and Company and GlaxoSmithKline have generously supported The CHEST Foundation’s Distinguished Scholar Program, which makes an impact on patient care in critical care, thrombosis, and respiratory health.

Dr. Kollef serves as Professor of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri. He is also Director of Critical Care Research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis. The overall goal of Dr. Kollef’s project is to develop a two-tiered monitoring system to improve the care of patients at risk for clinical deterioration on the general hospital wards of Barnes-Jewish Hospital through (1) the use of an automated early warning system that identifies patients at risk, and (2) further developing and testing of a low-cost portable wireless pulse oximeter, providing real-time event detection in high-risk patients. His award-winning project is titled, Preventing the Need for Intensive Care and Improving Outcomes of Hospitalized Patients Outside the Intensive Care Units Using an Evidence-Based Early-Warning System.

This award will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

OneBreath Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer
Fabien Maldonado, MD, FCCP
Sunil Singhal, MD

In 2012, through the generous support of Genentech, The CHEST Foundation is pleased to name two ACCP members as recipients of the OneBreath® Clinical Research Award in Lung Cancer. This research award continues the significant support in lung cancer research that was begun in 2003 and continues today. The objective of this clinical research program is, ultimately, to save the lives of those people afflicted with lung cancer, the nation’s leading cancer killer. Each award recipient will be granted $100,000, payable over 2 years.

Fabien Maldonado, MD, FCCP

Dr. Maldonado is Senior Associate Consultant, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, College of Medicine, Mayo Clinic. Dr. Maldonado’s team’s preliminary data demonstrate that CANARY is able to radiologically differentiate histopathologically invasive from noninvasive tumors using preoperative high-resolution CT scan data. Dr. Maldonado and his team anticipate CANARY to develop into a valuable diagnostic technique predicting malignancy and lung cancer-specific patient outcomes and to guide the management of patients with nonresolving, incidentally, or screening-detected peripheral pulmonary nodules. His award-winning project is titled, Noninvasive Characterization of Peripheral Pulmonary Nodules of the Lung Adenocarcinoma Spectrum and Correlation With Clinical Outcomes Using CANARY (Computer-Aided Nodule Assessment and Risk Yield).

Sunil Singhal, MD

Dr. Singhal is Assistant Professor of Surgery and Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Chief, Thoracic Surgery, Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center. He also serves as Director, Thoracic Surgery Research Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Singhal’s translational research project uses nanotechnology to locate and guide real-time surgical resection of pulmonary adenocarcinomas and mediastinal lymph nodes. The combined use of innovative contrast agents and spectroscopic instrumentation is expected to make a major impact in reducing the recurrence rates of lung cancer after surgery. His award-winning project is titled, Folate-Targeted Intraoperative Imaging of Pulmonary Adenocarcinoma.

These awards will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

The CHEST Foundation Clinical Research Award in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Corey Ventetuolo, MD

Corey Ventetuolo, MD

This newly established award is funded by a generous grant from Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US, Inc. This year’s recipient will receive a $50,000 grant to conduct research over a period of 1 year, from July 2012 through June 2013. The award represents The CHEST Foundation’s commitment to improved patient care through the study of PAH.

Dr. Ventetuolo is an Instructor in Medicine, Alpert Medical School of Brown University. It is believed that stimulation of blood vessels by estrogen leads to changes in the pulmonary vessels and also the right side of the heart, thus explaining why women are more likely to develop PAH but have better right-sided heart function and survival. Dr. Ventetuolo will test this hypothesis by studying changes in markers of blood vessel growth and right ventricular function during a normal menstrual cycle. Linking sex hormone pathways to blood vessels and the right ventricle could open new avenues for research into the mechanisms of right-sided heart failure, including promising new treatments that alter hormones in patients with pulmonary vascular disease. Dr. Ventetuolo's award-winning project is titled, The Menstrual Cycle, Angiogenesis, and Right Ventricular Function in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

This award will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Alpha-1 Foundation and The CHEST Foundation Clinical Research Award in COPD and Alpha-1 Antitrypsin (AAT) Deficiency
Karina Serban, MD

Karina Serban, MD

This year’s winning candidate will receive a $25,000 grant to conduct research over a period of 1 year, from July 2012 through June 2013. The main objective of this award, which was established in 2005, is to support a physician who conducts clinical research relating COPD and AAT deficiency that will lead to improving the health and quality of life of people living with AAT deficiency.

Dr. Serban is a second year clinical fellow in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Occupational Medicine at Indiana University. Chronic exposure to cigarette smoke of both alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT)-sufficient and deficient individuals is the main risk factor for the development of chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Dr. Serban’s project is titled, Functional Significance of a Novel Interaction of Alpha-1Antitrypsin With Circulating Microparticles in COPD. It has two main scientific objectives: (1) to determine if cigarette smoking alters the antiinflammatory phenotype of peripheral blood derived monocytes (PBDMs) and decreases the phagocytosis of circulating endothelial cell release membrane-bound microparticles (EC-MPs); and (2) to investigate if exogenous native, but not mutant, AAT directly binds EC-MPs and increases their clearance by PBDMs.

This award will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

Roger C. Bone Advances in End-of-Life Care Award
Lisa I. Mansur, MD, FCCP

Lisa I. Mansur, MD, FCCP

Created in 2000, the Roger C. Bone Advances in End-of-Life Care Award recognizes outstanding leadership in end-of-life care. Dr. Bone wrote about the ethical and humanistic issues that surround end-of-life decisions as he was dealing with his own terminal diagnosis. He stressed the importance of communication among physicians and their patients. Dr. Bone was a Master Fellow and Past President of the ACCP. The recipient of this award receives a $10,000 grant to be used toward his or her project.

Dr. Mansur is the Director of Palliative Care at BryanLGH Medical Center, and Medical Director for the Hospice of Tabitha, both in Lincoln, Nebraska. Dr. Mansur saw that palliative care was essential in the critical care unit early in her career. Through the years, she recognized that much of the Midwest is underserved by palliative care medicine. Dr. Mansur developed and implemented Palliative Care Services of Nebraska, which serves the community of Lincoln and surrounding areas. She is dedicated to opening an outpatient clinic in June of 2012. The outpatient’s team mission is to promote advance directives; initiate proactive conversations by the patients, families, and physicians about the end of life; and provide symptom control. Her award-winning project is titled, Palliative Care Services of Nebraska Initiated May 2010 to Provide Palliative Care Services to the Community of Lincoln, NE, and Surrounding Area.

This award will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Awards

The D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Awards are given to the nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations throughout the world where ACCP members volunteer their time and medical expertise to help those most in need. This year, The CHEST Foundation granted awards of $10,000 to each organization. In addition, The Ambassadors for OneBreath Past Chair’s Council selected one of the Humanitarian Award winners to be the recipient of the annual Ambassadors for OneBreath Humanitarian Award.

Gregory Erhabor, MBBS, FCCP

Gregory Erhabor, MBBS, FCCP
Mastering Your Asthma: Asthma Among Rural Communities in ILE-IFE
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award

Samuel Joseph, DO, FCCP

Samuel Joseph, DO, FCCP
Healing Hearts Rwanda Cardiac Surgery
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award

Renli Qiao, MD, FCCP

Renli Qiao, MD, FCCP
The Training Program for Village Doctors in Rural Southern China
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award

Michael Shea, MD, FCCP

Michael Shea, MD, FCCP
Shelter Association of Washtenaw Clinic; Ann Arbor, MI
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP Humanitarian Award

De De Gardner, MSHP, RRTP

De De Gardner, MSHP, RRTP
2+2 Asthma Education Crew—Asthma Education in the Elementary School Environment
Ambassadors for OneBreath® Humanitarian Award

Diane Rhodes, BA, RRT, AE-C

Diane Rhodes, BA, RRT, AE-C
2+2 Asthma Education Crew—Asthma Education in the Elementary School Environment
Ambassadors for OneBreath® Humanitarian Award

These awards will be presented:
Monday, October 22
Opening Session
9:00 am – 10:15 am
Convention Center, Georgia Ballroom

The Sheila J. Goodnight, MD, FCCP Clinical Research Award in Women’s Lung Health
Ghada Bourjeily, MD, FCCP

Ghada Bourjeily, MD, FCCP

The CHEST Foundation has been supporting clinical research in women’s lung health since 2001. The Sheila J. Goodnight, MD, FCCP Clinical Research Award in Women’s Lung Health award recipient receives a grant for $10,000 for research conducted from July 2012 through June 2013.

Dr. Bourjeily is affiliated with The Miriam Hospital/Women’s Medicine Collaborative. This award-winning project is titled, Sleep-Disordered Breathing in Pregnant Women With Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Prevalence and Mechanisms.

This award will be presented:
Tuesday, October 23
Women’s Health NetWork Luncheon
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Convention Center, C3-C

The CHEST Foundation and the Respiratory Health Association of Metropolitan Chicago Clinical Research Award in Women’s Lung Health
Nirupama Putcha, MD

Nirupama Putcha, MD

The CHEST Foundation has been supporting clinical research in women’s lung health since 2001. This award recipient receives a grant for $10,000 for research conducted from July 2012 through June 2013.

Dr. Putcha is affiliated with Johns Hopkins University. The award-winning project is titled, The Impact of Comorbidities on Patient-Oriented Outcomes in Women With COPD.

 

This award will be presented:
Tuesday, October 23
Women’s Health NetWork Luncheon
11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Convention Center, C3-C

The CHEST Foundation California Chapter Clinical Research/Medical Education Award
Mona Luke-Zeitoun, MD

Mona Luke-Zeitoun, MD

Effectiveness of Ipratropium Bromide in Preventing Exercise-Induced Bronchoconstriction in Elite Swimmers

 

 

 

 

American Lung Association and The CHEST Foundation Asthma Clinical Patient Care Research Award
Aris Garro, MD

Aris Garro, MD

Optimizing the Use of Inhaled Corticosteroids After Emergency Department Visits for Children With Uncontrolled Asthma