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CHEST Foundation Grant Recipients

Each year, the CHEST Foundation offers grants to worthy research candidates, generous community service volunteers, and distinguished scholars. In 2020, the Foundation awarded just over one million dollars in clinical research and community service grants.

Congratulations to the 2020 grant winners on their innovative and novel approaches to their research.



Over the years, the projects we have funded have transitioned from basic research projects into higher level translational research projects. Each year, the round of applicants becomes more versed in helping chest medicine advance and excel, and each year our grant review groups have the difficult decision of selecting the very best applicants. We are so proud of our winners.

We’d like to encourage every chest medicine professional to become a champion of lung health, whether that means applying for a grant or participating in a community service project. Together, we can revolutionize lung health.

2020 Grant Recipients

2020 Distinguished Scholar


Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP

Deepa Gotur, MD, FCCP
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, TX
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health
Title: Cytokine Release in SARS COV2 Viral Illness and Trends of Inflammasome Expression in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome Manifestations and Management

This grant is made possible due to the philanthropic support from GlaxoSmithKline.

 

Siddharth Dugar, MBBS
Cleveland Clinic – Cleveland, OH
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Ultrasonography and COVID-19
Title: Spontaneous Echo Contrast in Lower Extremity and Correlation with Venous Velocity and Subsequent Deep Venous Thrombosis in Critically Ill COVID-19 Patients

This grant is supported by FUJIFILM SonoSite and the CHEST Foundation.

Marjan Islam, MD
Montefiore Medical Center – Bronx, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Ultrasonography and COVID-19
Title: Thoracic Ultrasound in COVID-19: A Prospective Study Using Lung and Diaphragm Ultrasound in Evaluating Dyspnea in ICU Survivors with COVID-19 in a Post-ICU Clinic

This grant is supported by FUJIFILM SonoSite and the CHEST Foundation.

Paul Ellis, MBChB
University of Birmingham – Birmingham, United Kingdom
CHEST Foundation and Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Title: Cardiovascular Outcomes and Phenotypes in Pulmonary Exacerbations of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Peter Jackson, MD
Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA
CHEST Foundation and American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Grant in COVID and Diversity
Title: The Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Tuberculosis Care in Uganda

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and ATS.

Thomas Valley, MD, MSc
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, MI
CHEST Foundation and American Thoracic Society (ATS) Research Grant in Diversity
Title: Understanding Differences in Delivery of Care Processes for Respiratory Failure by Race/Ethnicity

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the American Thoracic Society.

Davide Biondini, MD, PhD
University of Padova – Padova, Italy
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Title: Role of the Immune Check Points (CTLA-4 and PD-1) in the Development or Evasion of Smoking-induced Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Andrew Gangemi, MD
Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University – Philadelphia, PA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Title: Are Sleep Health, Nicotine Metabolism, and Airway Inflammation Mechanisms for Differences in Lung Function between African American and Non-Hispanic White Smokers? A Proof-of-Concept Examination

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

David Furfaro, MD
Columbia University Medical Center – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in COVID-19
Title: Subphenotypes, Inflammatory Profiles, and Antibody Response in COVID-19 ARDS

Jeffrey Barry, MD
University of California San Diego – La Jolla, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Title: Eosinophilia as a Biomarker for Worse Outcomes in Cystic Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Kristina Montemayor, MD
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Title: The Association of Sex Hormones and Respiratory Morbidity in Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Mounica Vallurupalli, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Critical Care
Title: Evaluating the Impact of Clonal Hematopoiesis on Host Immune Response During Sepsis

Stefanie Mason, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital – Boston, MA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Title: Implications of Longitudinal Muscle-mass Trajectories in Lung Cancer

Ilana Krumm, MD
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
CHEST Foundation and Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors Award Research Grant for Medical Education
Title: What’s Good About Soul Food? Discovering and Analyzing Elements of an ICU Team Group Discussion That Improve Provider Wellness

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors.

Bryan Garcia, MD
Medical University of South Carolina – Charleston, SC
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Diseases
Title: Longitudinal Proteomic Endotyping of Patients with Nontuberculous Mycobacterial Lung Infections

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Sarah Beshay, MD
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, TX
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: COPA Syndrome-associated Mutations in Lung Transplant Recipients for Pulmonary Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, Inc.

Erica Farrand, MD
University of California San Francisco – San Francisco, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: The Future of Telehealth in Interstitial Lung Disease

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals and Genentech, Inc.

Changwan Ryu, MD
Yale School of Medicine – New Haven, CT
John R. Addrizzo MD, FCCP Research Grant in Sarcoidosis
Title: Extracellular Matrix Proteins as a Biomarker for Stage IV Sarcoidosis

This grant is supported by the Addrizzo family in honor of John R. Addrizzo, MD, FCCP.

Isaretta Riley, MD, MPH
Duke University – Durham, NC
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Severe Asthma
Title: Coping with asthma through Life Management (CALM)

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Tetyana Kendzerska, MD, PhD
Ottawa Hospital Research Institute – Ottawa ON Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Sleep
Title: The Role of Sleep and Circadian Disturbances in Cancer Development and Progression: A Historical Multicenter Clinical Cohort Study

This grant is supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Nancy Stewart, DO
University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City, KS
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Sleep
Title: Improving COPD/OSA Overlap Syndrome Predischarge Care Delivery

This grant is supported by Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Jansen Seheult, MD, MBBCh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, PA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Title: Untangling the NET: Neutrophil Activation as the Driver of Venous Thromboembolism in Coronavirus Disease, 2019

Shannon Kay, MD
Yale School of Medicine – New Haven, CT
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Title: Sex-specific Gene Expression in Asthma

Ivan Nemorin, MBA, MS, RRT
Rebuilding Together Tampa Bay – Tampa, FL
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Healthier Homes for Children-Community Asthma Prevention Program

Joseph Huang, MD
Tikur Anbessa Specialized Hospital – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: East Africa Training Initiative (EATI)

Aninda Das, MD, MBBS
Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California – Los Angeles, CA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Screening for Childhood Tuberculosis in Children 0–4 Years of Age With Moderate to Severe Malnutrition in a Rural District of West Bengal, India

Trishual Siddaharthan, MD
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Establishing a Pulmonary and Critical Care Training Program in Uganda

Marina Lima, MD, MSc
Brazilian Pulmonary Hypertension and Related Diseases Association – Sao Paulo, Brazil
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Asmaland: The First Gamified Pediatric Asthma Educational Program in Portuguese

Roberta Kato, MD
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles – Los Angeles, CA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Lung Power

These community service grants are supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation created the COVID-19 Community-based Grant to provide funding to those looking to make a difference in their communities during the pandemic. The CHEST Foundation awarded $60,000 to patient service groups that provide services to those living with chronic lung disease. These initiatives range from providing at-risk individuals and caregivers with supplies to educational technology and support group meetings.

Eve Bogan, Atlanta, GA
COVID-19 Response for Individuals with Intellectual Developmental Disabilities, Georgia Community Support & Solutions, Inc.

Katherine Brown, Tinley Park, IL
Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILA) Homes Basic Needs Funding, St. Coletta’s of Illinois

Rachel Callender, Houston, TX
Houston Methodist Hospital

Brian Carlin, MD, FCCP, Pittsburgh, PA
Pulmonary Chat: A Focus on COVID-19, Right2Breathe

Dot Delarosa, San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Pulmonary Fibrosis Support

Amrita Dosanjh, San Diego, CA
MD Pulmonary Function Testing for Children and Young Adults Following COVID-19 Infection

Aaron Douen, Brooklyn, NY
MD 3D Printed N95 Face Masks and Filters, Coney Island Hospital

Elizabeth Emery, New York, NY
Urgently Deploying Volunteer Physicians to the Frontlines of the NYC COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Sophia Esteves-Frye, San Antonio, TX
Supporting the S.A Pulmonary Hypertension Support Group

Marcela Gieminani, Vienna, VA
COVID-19: Educational Resources for Hispanic Families, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

Chanda Holsey, DrPh, Silver Spring, MD
National Medical Association AAI Section Addresses COVID-19 in the Community

Ebtesam Islam, MD, PhD, FCCP, Lubbock, TX
West Texas 3D COVID-19 Relief Consortium

Melanie Jagneaux, Houston, TX
COVID-19 Incident Command Center: Baylor Support Task Force

Heather Kagel, Dallas, TX
Discharge Kits for Lung Transplant Patients During COVID-19

Chris Landon, MD, FCCP, Ventura, CA
COVID Connect, Landon Pediatric Foundation

Eric Luk, MD, Jefferson, LA
Addressing Food Insecurity of Cancer Patients During the COVID-19 Crisis, Tom and Gayle Benson Cancer Center

Tricia Pendergrast, Chicago, IL
GetMePPE Chicago – Support for Healthcare Professionals in the Community

Kate Phipps, San Antonio, TX
Project MEND

Jovana Placido, San Antonio, TX
Scleroderma Patients ILD Resources Project

Mary Schroth, MD, FCCP, Chicago, IL
COVID-19 Information Center for Spinal Muscular Atrophy, Cure SMA

Munish Sharma, MD, Corpus Christi, TX
Corpus Christi Medical Center/It’s Your Life Foundation

Vicki Thornley, Chicago, IL
Nursing Readiness in the Face of COVID-19

Joy Trotti, Atlanta, GA
Support for Parents of Medically Fragile Children During COVID-19 Crisis, Families of Children Under Stress, Inc.

Tina Young, Tampa, FL
Back To School Health Clinics, Project Link, Inc.

 

Past Grant Recipients

The CHEST Foundation has an established history of proudly supporting research projects that aim to champion the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chest diseases. See how these past grant recipients have utilized their CHEST Foundation grant funding to advance their research.

Drew Harris, MD

Drew Harris, MD
Project title: Utilizing Medical-Legal Partnership to Promote Asthma Health Equity
This project targeted many of the social determinants of asthma and helped address them beyond the typical scope that a health-care professional can offer in a traditional visit.

Debrasee Banerjee, MD, MS

Debrasee Banerjee, MD, MS
Project title: Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Instead of sudden death or death from end-stage heart failure, Dr. Banerjee’s project explored whether a physical exam can uncover evidence of heart-pump dysfunction.

Catherine Oberg, MD

Catherine Oberg, MD
Project title: Effects of Household Air Pollution on Airway Inflammation, Lung Function, and Respiratory Symptoms
This project assessed levels of household air pollution in Ghana to uncover whether direct smoke exposure from cooking causes symptoms of cough, phlegm, and shortness of breath.


2019 Distinguished Scholar

Kamran Mahmood, MBBS, FCCP
Duke University – Durham, NC
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health
Title: Lymphocyte Exhaustion Markers in Malignant Pleural Effusions of Lung Cancer

This grant is made possible due to the philanthropic support from GlaxoSmithKline.

2019 Research Grantees

Derek Russell, MD
University of Alabama at Birmingham – Birmingham, AL
CHEST Foundation and Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Title: Neutrophil-elastase Positive Exosomes and Emphysema in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency

This grant is jointly supported in by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Chris Mosher, MD
Duke University – Durham, NC
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Title: Identifying Treatment Outcomes and Early Predictors of Failure in 600 Hospitalized Patients with Acute Exacerbation of COPD Treated with Non‐invasive Ventilation

Kathleen Ramos, MD, MS
University of Washington – Seattle, WA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Title: Underweight Individuals with Cystic Fibrosis and Implications for Lung Transplantation

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

James (Jun-Chieh) Tsay, MD
New York University – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Title: Effect of the Inflammasone Signaling Pathway on Lung Microbiome and Lung Cancer

Elisa Ignatius, MD, MSc
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria Diseases
Title: Early Bactericidal Activity of Standard Drugs Used to Treat Mycobacterium avium Complex: A pilot study

Elsje Pienaar, PhD
Purdue University – West Lafayette, IN
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria Diseases
Title: A Computational Bridge Between in vitro MIC and in vivo Efficacy of Antibiotics Against MAC Infection

These nontuberculosis mycobacteria disease grants are supported by Insmed.

Mona Alotaibi, MD
University of California San Diego – La Jolla, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Title: Metabolic Derangements Underlying SSc-PAH

Eric Abston, MD
Trustees of Boston University BUMC – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Noninvasive Quantification of Pulmonary Fibrosis Due to Radiation Induced Lung Injury Using [68Ga]CBP8 Type 1 Collagen Probe

Karthik Suresh, MD
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Safety and Efficacy of High-Flow Air for Long Term Oxygen Therapy Delivery in Patients with Pulmonary Fibrosis

These pulmonary fibrosis grants are supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Genentech.

Nicholas Arger, MD
UCSF Medical Center – Los Angeles, CA
John R. Addrizzo MD, FCCP Research Grant in Sarcoidosis
Title: Using Serum Interferon-induced Chemokines to Predict Sarcoidosis Outcomes

Divya Patel, DO
University of Florida – Gainesville, FL
John R. Addrizzo MD, FCCP Research Grant in Sarcoidosis
Title: Pharmacogenetic Predictors of Therapeutic Response to Methotrexate in Patients with Sarcoidosis

These sarcoidosis grants are in honor of John R. Addrizzo, MD and is supported in full by the Addrizzo family, their friends, and the CHEST Foundation.

Sunita Sharma, MD, MPH
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine – Denver, CO
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Severe Asthma
Title: Predictors of Anti-IL-5 Treatment Failure in Severe Asthmatics

Vickram Tejwani, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Severe Asthma
Title: Peripheral Immune Cell Landscape in Obese Children with Severe Asthma

These severe asthma grants are supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Sushmita Pamidi, MD, FRCPC, MSc
McGill University – Montreal QC Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Sleep
Title: Maternal Sleep-disordered Breathing in Pregnancy and Risk of Adverse Health Outcomes in Children: A follow-up study of the 3D pregnancy and birth cohort

Irene Telias, MD
St. Michael’s Hospital – Toronto ON Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Sleep
Title: Influence of Sleep-wakefulness Abnormalities on Patient-ventilator Dyssynchrony: A step towards improvement of sleep quality in critically ill patients

These sleep grants are supported by Apria and Jazz Pharmaceuticals.

Mitchell Cahan, MD
UMass Memorial Medical Center – Worcester, MA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Title: A Translational Approach to Understanding Venous Thromboembolism in Post-Surgical Patients Using MicroRNAs in the American Black Bear

Neelima Navuluri, MD, MPH
Duke University Hospital – Durham, NC
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Title: Evaluation of Chronic Hypoxemia from Cardiopulmonary Disease Among Patients in Western Kenya and Perspectives on Oxygen Therapy

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2019 Community Service Grantees

Dana Hickman, ARNP-C, FNP-BC
Northside Hospital Forsyth – Cumming, GA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Living with COPD: Empowering individuals, families, and caregivers

Hans Lee, MD, FCCP
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Uganda Bronchoscopy and Pleuroscopy (UBP) Project

Panagis Galiatsatos, MD, MHS
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: The Lung Health Ambassador Program

Ann Salvator, MS
Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrenceville, GA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Pediatric Asthma Screenings and Education on the Navajo Reservation

Paul Sonenthal, MD
Partners in Health Sierra Leone – Freetown, Sierra Leone
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Improving Critical Care Capacity in Sierra Leone

Tisha Wang, MD
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center – Cincinnati, OH
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: PAP Foundation Education Days: A project to reach patients, caregivers, and physicians

These community service grants are supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2018 Distinguished Scholar

Robert Hyzy, MD, FCCP
University of Michigan Hospital – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine
Title: The Use of Electrical Impedance Tomography to Assess Mechanical Ventilation in Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome

This grant is made possible due to the philanthropic support from Eli Lilly and Company.

2018 Research Grantees

Anna Volerman, MD
University of Chicago – Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Severe Asthma
Title: A Randomized Clinical Trial Evaluating the Effectiveness of Virtual Teach-to-Goal(TM) Education versus Brief Intervention for Children with Severe Asthma

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Ayodeji Adegunsoye, MD, MS
University of Chicago – Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Impact of Telomere Length on Pulmonary Fibrosis Clusters across Diverse Racial Cohorts

Justin Oldham, MD, MS
University of California at Davis – Davis, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Plasma biomarkers to predict outcomes and treatment response in patients with pulmonary fibrosis

These pulmonary fibrosis grants are supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc and Genentech.

Jacob Brenner, MD, Ph.D
University of Pennsylvania – Philadelphia, PA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Title: Ambulatory cuirass ventilation for relief of exertional dyspnea in severe COPD patients

William Zhang, MD
New York Presbyterian – Weill Cornell Medical Center – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disorder
Title: Pulmonary Iron Overload as a Novel COPD Endotype

These COPD grants are supported by AstraZeneca LP and Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc.

Margaret Bublitz, Ph.D
Miriam Hospital – Providence, RI
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Title: Sex as a Predictor of Sleep Disordered Breathing and Its Consequences in Pregnancy

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Tim Morris, MD, FCCP
University of California, San Diego – San Diego, CA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Title: Long-Term Follow-up of Acute Pulmonary Embolism

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Monica Mukherjee, MD, MPH, FACC, FASE
Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Title: Exercise Provocation in the Noninvasive Detection of Occult Right Ventricular Dysfunction and Emerging Pulmonary Hypertension in Systemic Sclerosis

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Don Sanders, MD, MS
University of Indiana – Indianapolis, IN
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Title: Whole-genome shotgun sequencing of oropharyngeal swabs in infants with CF

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

Imran Sulaiman, MD, Ph.D
New York University – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculosis Mycobacteria Diseases
Title: Lower Airway Microbiota Signatures associated with impaired immune response in Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterium

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Samira Shojaee, MD, MPH, FCCP
Virginia Commonwealth University – Richmond, VA
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Title: Extracellular Vesicle miRNA as a Biomarker in Malignant Pleural Effusion

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2018 Community Service Grantees

Deborah Haisch, MD
Columbia University Medical Center – New York, NY
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: East African Training Initiative in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

Pamela Garrett, CCRN, MN
Gwinnett Medical Center – Lawrenceville, GA
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Breathe Better Gwinnett

Matt Siemer
Mobile Care Chicago – Chicago, IL
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Home Environment Education for Children with Asthma

These community service grants are supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2017 Distinguished Scholar

Richard Wunderink, MD, FCCP
Northwestern University – Chicago, Illinois
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health
Title: Etiology of Culture-Negative Severe CAP

Supported by GlaxoSmithKline.

2017 Research Grantees

Diana Crossley, MBChB
University Hospital Birmingham – Birmingham, England
CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Title: Functional Magnetic Resonance Lung Imaging using Inhaled Hyperpolarised 129Xenon: A pilot study of the clinical utility in Alpha One Anti-Trypsin Deficiency (AATD).

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Stephen Lapinsky, MBBCh, MS
Mount Sinai Hospital – Toronto, Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Title: Mechanical ventilation during pregnancy

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

Kei Suzuki, MD
Boston Medical Center – Boston, Massachusetts
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Title: Prognostic Immune Score for Stage I Lung Adenocarcinoma

This grant is supported by Genentech Inc.

Keira Cohen, MD
Johns Hopkins Hospital – Baltimore, Maryland
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Title: Harnessing Host Transcriptomics: Development of a Diagnostic Tool to Distinguish M. avium Pulmonary Disease from Colonization

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Sandeep Sahay, MD, FCCP
Houston Methodist Hospital – Houston, Texas
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Title: Alterations of estrogen metabolism in the development of Portopulmonary hypertension

This grant is supported by United Therapeutics Corporation.

Kerri Johannson, MD, MPH
University of Calgary – Alberta, Canada
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Social and Environmental Determinants of Mortality in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Emmet O’Brien, MBBCh
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Title: The E3 Ligase Subunit Fbxo3 Regulates Ubiquitin Proteasome Mediated Skeletal Muscle Atrophy In Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca LP.

Christopher Pannucci, MD
University of Utah – Salt Lake City, Utah
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Title: Fixed versus Weight-Based Enoxaparin Dosing in Thoracic Surgery VATS Patients

This grant is supported by Daiichi Sankyo.

Kathleen Ramos, MD, MS
University of Washington – Seattle, Washington
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Cystic Fibrosis
Title: Lung transplantation in cystic fibrosis: Variability in Lung Allocation Score (LAS) and case-mix of lung disease diagnoses across Lung Transplant Centers in the United States

This grant is supported by Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated.

Drew Harris, MD
Yale University – New Haven, Connecticut
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Asthma
Title: Utilizing Medical-Legal Partnership to Promote Asthma Health Equity

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2017 Community Service Grantees

Sharon Armstead, RRT
Texas State University – San Marcos, Texas
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Texas State Respiratory Care Asthma Clinics in Guyana

Erin Coates
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, St. Louis Chapter – St. Louis, Missouri
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America STL Rescue Program

Geoffrey Dreher, DO
Crozer Keystone Health System – Chester, Pennsylvania
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Assessing the Impact of a Unified Asthma Action Plan in School: A Pilot Study in a DELCO School

J. Scott Ferguson MD, FCCP
University of Wisconsin Madison – Madison, Wisconsin
GAIN NSCLC Summits Community Service Grant
Title: Making GAINs in NSCLC Management

Negin Hajizadeh, MD, MPH
Feinstein Research Institute at Northwell Health – Manhasset, New York
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Controlling asthma in NYC Hispanic communities through educational workshops and the development of Community Asthma Trainers

Thomas Houston, MD
The Breathing Association – Columbus, Ohio
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Lung Health Community Assistance

Adam Silverman, MD
Connecticut Children’s Medical Center – Hartford, Connecticut
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Haitian Pediatric Critical Care Collaborative Training Course

2016 Distinguished Scholar

Don Hayes Jr., MD, FCCP
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
GlaxoSmithKline Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health
Title: Implications of the Lung Allocation Score in Prioritizing Critically Ill Patients for Lung Transplantation

Supported by GlaxoSmithKline.

2016 Research Grantees

Alice Turner, MBChB, MRCP, PhD
University of Birmingham, United Kingdom
CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Title: Improving Access to Augmentation: A Propensity-Matching Study Between the UK AATD Registry and AlphaNet

This grant is jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Robert Busch, MD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Channing Division of Network Medicine
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Title: Methylation Quantitative Trait Loci: Markers of Race-Specific Disparities in African Americans With COPD

This grant is supported by AstraZeneca.

Clemens Grassberger, PhD
Massachusetts General Hospital – Harvard University
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Lung Cancer
Title: Dynamic FLT-PET as Biomarker for Early Response in Locally Advanced Lung Cancer Patients

This grant is supported by Genentech Inc.

Cristina Russo, MD, PhD
Bambino Gesù Children’s Hospital– Rome, Italy
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Nontuberculous Mycobacteria
Title: A Proteomic-Metaproteomic Analysis Approach Allows Identification of Drug Target Candidates for the Future Design of :Preventive, Diagnostic, and Therapeutic Strategies Against Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Diseases

This grant is supported by Insmed.

Peter Leary, MD, MS
University of Washington
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
Title: Expression Profiling in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension

This grant is supported by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US, Inc.

Brett Ley, MD
University of California San Francisco
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Extracellular Circulation RNAs as Predictors of Disease Progression in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals & Genentech Inc.

Sydney Montesi, MD
Massachusetts General Hospital
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: Gadofosveset-Enhanced Lung MRI to Detect Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Disease Activity

This grant is supported by Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals & Genentech Inc.

Farbod Rahaghi, MD, PhD
Brigham and Women’s Hospital
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Venous Thromboembolism
Title: CT Scan-Based Markers for Prediction of Outcomes in Acute Pulmonary Embolism

This grant is supported by Daiichi Sankyo.

Catherine Oberg, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung Health
Title: Effects of Household Air Pollution on Airway Inflammation, Lung Function, and Respiratory Symptoms

This grant is supported in full by the CHEST Foundation.

2016 Community Service Grantee

Ethel Jane Carter, MD, FCCP
Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: East African Training Initiative (EATI) in Pulmonary Medicine

2016 NetWorks Challenge Travel Grantees

Debarsee Banerjee, MS, MD
Women’s Health NetWork

Drew Harris, MD
Occupational and Environmental Health NetWork

Kerry Hena, MD
Occupational and Environmental Health NetWork

Amanpreet Kaur, MD
Women’s Health NetWork

2015 Distinguished Scholar

Ognjen Gajic, MD, FCCP
Eli Lilly and Company Distinguished Scholar in Critical Care Medicine
Title: CERTAIN Rounds: International Collaboration to Improve Critical Care Practice

Supported by Eli Lilly and Company.

2015 Research Grantees

Chiara Rigobello, PhD
University of Padua, Italy
The CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation
Research Grant in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency
Title: Investigation of Susceptibility Factors in Alpha-1 Antitrypsin
Deficiency: A Whole Exome Approach

Jointly supported by the CHEST Foundation and the Alpha-1 Foundation.

Katrina Steiling, MD, MSc
Boston University School of Medicine
The CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Title: Characterizing Molecular Subphenotypes of Chronic
Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Debasree Banerjee, MD, MS
Rhode Island Hospital
The CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary
Arterial Hypertension
Title: Sudden Cardiac Death in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension:
The Role of the Sodium Channel

Supported in part by Actelion Pharmaceuticals, US, Inc.

Martina Sterclova, MD, PhD
Thomayer Hospital, Czech Republic
The CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Pulmonary Fibrosis
Title: New Methods of Diagnosis and Treatment in Individualization
Considering Outcome Indicators in Patients With Interstitial
Lung Disease

Supported in part by Genentech.

Tetyana Kendzerska, MD
Sunnybrook Research Institute, Canada
The CHEST Foundation Research Grant in Women’s Lung
Health
Title: A Risk Stratification Model for Adult Patients With Obstructive
Sleep Apnea: Development and Evaluation—Cardiovascular
Consequences of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Women

Supported in part by AstraZeneca.

Dale Hardy, PhD
Georgia Regents University
The CHEST Diversity Committee Minority Investigator
Research Grant
Title: Racial Disparities in Early Palliative Care Within Sociogeographic
Regions for Elderly Patients With Lung Cancer

Jointly supported by CHEST and AstraZeneca.

Mary Hart, MS, RRT
University of Texas Health Science Center
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Asthma Boot Camp

Vanessa Kerry, MD, MSc
Seed Global Health
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Strengthening Critical Care Training and Care at Muhimbili
University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

William Thompson, MD, FCCP
Seed Global Health
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring
D. Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: Expanding Bronchoscopy Training at Muhimbili Hospital
for Tanzania

Zehra Surani, MS, RRT
It’s Your Life Foundation
CHEST Foundation Community Service Grant Honoring D.
Robert McCaffree, MD, Master FCCP
Title: iConquer: Clean Wisely!

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