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CHEST announces Dr. Stephanie Levine as the 82nd President of the American College of Chest Physicians

Organization also announces Dr. Steven Simpson as President-Elect, Dr. David Schulman as President-Designate and Dr. Clayton Cowl as Immediate Past President

Glenview, IL – The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST) has announced Dr. Stephanie Levine as its new President, effective Nov. 1. At CHEST 2019, the annual meeting of CHEST, the organization also confirmed the appointments of Dr. Steven Simpson as President-Elect and Dr. David Schulman as President-Designate and honored Dr. Clayton Cowl, who completed his term as President and became Immediate Past President of CHEST.

Stephanie M. Levine, MD, FCCP, is a Professor of Medicine with tenure in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at UT Health - San Antonio, in San Antonio, Texas. She is board-certified in internal medicine, pulmonary disease, and critical care medicine. Dr. Levine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania and her medical degree from the George Washington University School of Medicine, where she was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her Internship and Residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine at the New York University-Manhattan Veterans Administration-Bellevue Hospital Program in New York City.

Dr. Levine is the Program Director of the Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at UT Health San Antonio, and was the former Medical Director of the Lung Transplant Program at the same institution. She is currently the Co-Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit at the University Hospital. She also is a staff physician in the South Texas Veterans Health Care System. Dr. Levine has authored or co-authored over 270 manuscripts, chapters, reviews, editorials, and abstracts, primarily in her major field of interest, lung transplantation. Her other areas of interest include pulmonary and critical care issues in pregnancy and women’s lung health and eosinophilic lung disorders.

Dr. Levine is a Fellow (FCCP) and active member of CHEST and has held many leadership positions in the organization. In 2009, she received the CHEST Presidential Citation Award; in 2010, the CHEST Distinguished Service Award; and in 2017, the Master Clinician Educator Award. She has also been recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator in 2017, 2018, and 2019. Dr. Levine has been Editor for both CHEST SEEK Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine editions. She has chaired the Education Committee, the Council of NetWorks, the Pulmonary Board Review Course, and was co- chair of the Scientific Program Committee. She has been active in CHEST international activities with CHEST World Congress meetings in Shanghai and Bangkok, the regional meeting in Athens, the 2017 Basel Joint CHEST/SPG Congress in collaboration with the Swiss Lung Association, and with the pulmonary/critical care subspecialty training programs developed in China. She was President and Chair of the CHEST Foundation from 2010-2014 and is currently on the CHEST Board of Regents. Dr. Levine is now serving as the 82nd President of CHEST for the 2019-2020 term and 5th woman to lead the organization.

Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, is a pulmonologist and intensivist with an extensive background in sepsis and in critical care quality improvement. Dr. Simpson acts as CHEST Regent-at-Large of the Board of Regents, board liaison for the Guidelines Oversight Committee, sits on numerous board task forces and subcommittees and is a member of the CHEST SEEK Critical Care Medicine Editorial Board. Dr. Simpson is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Kansas. He is also senior advisor to the Solving Sepsis initiative of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He has conducted research in all areas of severe sepsis, including molecular and cellular mechanisms, translational, quality improvement and computer modeling studies. He was a founder in 2005 of the Midwest Critical Care Collaborative, a multidisciplinary and interprofessional collaborative effort to improve the quality of critical care services throughout the Midwest. In 2007, he initiated the Kansas Sepsis Project, a statewide program to improve severe sepsis care and outcomes via continuing education both in sepsis and in quality improvement principles, and via interprofessional collaborations. Dr. Simpson is an author of the 2016 and 2020 updates of the Surviving Sepsis Campaign Guidelines. He is a member of the board of directors and Chief Medical Officer of Sepsis Alliance, a nationwide patient information and advocacy organization.

During his tenure at the University of New Mexico, he contributed to the discovery of a particular form of sepsis, the hantavirus pulmonary syndrome, and published numerous papers on the clinical description, the hemodynamic description and the approach to supportive care for patients with the syndrome, including extracorporeal hemodynamic and oxygenation support. Dr. Simpson has authored over 180 scientific articles, book chapters, editorials, abstracts and electronic media publications. He was awarded the 2009 Eli Lilly Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine Award of the American College of Chest Physicians and the 2013 Roger C. Bone Memorial Lecture in Critical Care Medicine, which recognizes career contributions to the field.

David Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is a pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician with an extensive background in education and educational administration and  currently a Professor in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. He has directed their pulmonary and critical care fellowship program for 14 years and also serves as Director of the School of Medicine’s preclinical Foundations curriculum. His primary area of academic interest is on faculty development and research in the domains of teaching effectiveness and assessment.

Dr. Schulman has been the recipient of numerous institutional teaching awards, including the Fellows Teaching Award from the Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at Emory, two Golden Apple Awards for Teaching from the Emory Internal Medicine Residency Program, and the Dean’s Teaching Award from the School of Medicine. Extramurally, his work in education has been recognized with a Fellowship Innovation Award from the American Thoracic Society, the Outstanding Educator Award from the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), and the Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. He has previously served as President of the Southeast Thoracic Association (2011-2014) and the APCCMPD (2013-2014).

Dr. Schulman served as Chair of the CHEST 2018 Scientific Program Committee, where he focused on crafting novel, interactive programming with the aim of improving attendee engagement and knowledge retention. He also served as Program Chair of the 2019 CHEST Congress in Bangkok, Thailand.  Dr. Schulman is currently Editor in Chief of CHEST Physician, CHEST’s monthly news publication. He has previously served as Chair of the Council of NetWorks, as well as on the Education Committee, the Training and Transitions Committee, the Governance Committee, the Board of Regents, and the SEEK Sleep and SEEK Pulmonary Editorial Boards.

Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP, is board-certified in pulmonary and critical care medicine, occupational medicine and internal medicine with clinical and research interests in airway disorders, occupational-related respiratory health, toxicology, altitude physiology and aviation medicine. Dr. Cowl is Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine with a joint appointment in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.

His research focus includes projects in occupational lung disease such as work-related asthma and toxic inhalations, as well as studies of environmental adaptation and oxygen mask delivery efficacy at Mayo Clinic’s altitude chamber. Dr. Cowl is currently the Immediate Past President of the Civil Aviation Medical Association and is a Senior Aviation Medical Examiner designated by the Federal Aviation Administration.

In 2015, Dr. Cowl received the Innovation in Education Award from the Mayo School of Continuous Professional Development, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, for work on developing and leading a course training physicians and advanced nurse practitioners on performing medical certification examination on commercial truck and bus drivers. He was also named a Distinguished Educator by CHEST on multiple occasions, has served for eight years on the CHEST Board of Regents, was the Chair of CHEST’s pulmonary medicine board review course for three years, serves on the CHEST SEEK Pulmonary Medicine Editorial Board and has led a variety of initiatives focused on strategic planning and use of a variety of new communication platforms.

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