The ATS has installed officers to lead the Society for the 2009 to 2010
term. Each officer was sworn in to new positions on Tuesday, May 19,
during the annual ATS Membership Meeting.
J. Randall Curtis, M.D., M.P.H., professor of medicine in the Division
of Pulmonary and Critical Care at the University of Washington and head
of the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care at Harborview Medical
Center, became president of the Society, succeeding Jo Rae Wright, Ph.D.
During his presidency, Dr. Curtis also hopes to further develop the
Society's interdisciplinary and diverse membership and find ways for the
ATS to help its members develop and maintain a work-life balance.
Dr. Curtis received his medical degree from Johns Hopkins University in
1988 and trained at the University of Washington, where he later earned
a master's degree in public health in 1994. He conducts clinical
research focused on assessing and improving end-of-life care and
palliative care in the ICU and for patients with chronic lung disease.
He is currently principal investigator of two National Institute of
Health R01 grants and has funding from several foundations. He also
serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Critical Care and the
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management.
An ATS member since 1992, Dr. Curtis has chaired the ATS International
Conference Committee and the Assembly on Behavioral Science, and served
on the Communications and Marketing, Membership, Awards, Strategic
Planning, Healthcare Policy, Audit and Finance, and Corporate Relations
Dean E. Schraufnagel, M.D., was installed as president-elect. He will
serve as ATS president from 2010 to 2011. Dr. Schraufnagel is professor
of medicine and pathology and program director in the Section of
Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy at the University of
Illinois at Chicago. He also serves as attending physician at UIC and VA
Medical Centers and the Chicago Tuberculosis Clinics. His research
interests include pulmonary microcirculation, mycobacterial disease,
scleroderma lung disease, sickle cell lung disease and pulmonary
Dr. Schraufnagel currently chairs the Society's Audit and Finance
Committee. Since joining the ATS in 1976, he has also served as editor
of the ATS Web site, chair of the Web Editorial Board, chair of the
Program and Budget Committee and as a member of the Council of Chapter
Representatives, the Task Force on Clinicians and the Communications and
Marketing, Information Systems, Membership, Nominating, Publications
Policy and Revenue Development Committees.
Nicholas S. Hill, M.D., was installed as vice-president. He will serve
as ATS president from 2011 to 2012. Dr. Hill is professor of medicine at
Tufts University, adjunct professor of medicine at Brown Medical School
and chief of the Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Division at Tufts
Medical Center in Boston. An active clinician, he directs the Pulmonary
Hypertension Center at Tufts, as well as the Outpatient Pulmonary
Rehabilitation Program at New England Sinai Rehabilitation Center. His
research interests include pulmonary vascular biology, clinical
pulmonary hypertension and non-invasive ventilation.
Dr. Hill chairs the Society's Program and Budget Committee and is a
member of the Planning Committee. Since joining the ATS in 1977, he has
also been active in the Assemblies on Pulmonary Circulation and Critical
Care, and has been a member of the Strategic Planning Committee, Council
of Chapter Representatives and the editorial board of the American
Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.
Monica Kraft, M.D., was elected by the ATS membership as
secretary-treasurer and will serve as ATS president from 2012 to 2013.
Dr. Kraft is professor of medicine and founding director of the Asthma,
Allergy and Airway Center at Duke University Medical Center. Her
research interests include the mechanisms of inflammation and remodeling
in asthma, with an emphasis on the role of infection and innate immunity
in these processes. Her work has been continually funded since
fellowship by the National Institutes of Health, American Lung
Association and Francis Families Foundation.
Dr. Kraft is a member of the Membership, Program and Budget and Audit
and Finance Committees. Since joining the ATS in 1993, she has chaired
the Society's International Conference Committee, and served on the
Membership, Clinicians Advisory, Awards and Research Advocacy
Committees. She has also been active in the Assembly on Allergy,
Immunology and Inflammation.
ATS immediate-past president Jo Rae Wright, Ph.D., is vice provost, dean
of the Graduate School and professor of cell biology, medicine and
pediatrics at Duke University. During her 16-year tenure at Duke, Dr.
Wright has served in various positions, including head of both the
Division of Physiology in the Department of Cell Biology, associate dean
for Graduate Programs and vice dean of Basic Sciences. She assumed her
current responsibilities in 2006.
Dr. Wright's research focuses on inflammatory and infectious lung
disease at the cellular and molecular level, with a particular focus on
the role surfactant in innate and adaptive immunity. An ATS member since
1990, she currently serves on the editorial board of the American
Journal of Cell and Molecular Biology. She has chaired the Audit and
Finance, International Conference, Membership, Scientific Advisory, and
Program and Budget Committees. She is also a former chair of the
Assembly on Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology.