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CHEST announces Dr. Steven Simpson as the 83rd President of the American College of Chest Physicians

Organization also announces Dr. David Schulman as President-Elect, Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris as President-Designate and Dr. Stephanie Levine as Immediate Past President

Glenview, IL – The American College of Chest Physicians® (CHEST) announced Dr. Steven Simpson as its new President during the annual meeting held virtually from October 18-21. CHEST also confirmed the appointments of Dr. David Schulman as President-Elect and Dr. Doreen Addrizzo-Harris as President-Designate and honored Dr. Stephanie Levine, who completed her term as President and became Immediate Past President of CHEST.

Steven Q. Simpson, MD, FCCP, is a pulmonologist and intensivist with an extensive background in sepsis and in critical care quality improvement. Dr. Simpson was a Regent-at-Large of the CHEST Board of Regents, sat on numerous board committees and task forces, and participated as a member of the CHEST SEEK Critical Care Medicine Editorial Board. Previous to being elected to the board, Dr. Simpson served as Chair of CHEST’s Critical Care NetWork and as Chair of the Council of NetWorks. Dr. Simpson is Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep 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 US Department of Health and Human Services.

He has conducted research in all areas of severe sepsis including molecular and cellular mechanisms, as well as 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 the Senior Medical Advisor for Sepsis Alliance, a nationwide patient information and advocacy organization. He currently serves as a panelist for the NIH COVID-19 Treatment Guidelines.

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 200 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 of critical care medicine. He has also been recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator each year since its inception in 2017.

David A. Schulman, MD, MPH, FCCP, is a pulmonologist and sleep medicine physician with an extensive background in education and educational administration. He is Professor in the division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. For 14 years, he directed their pulmonary and critical care fellowship program, but recently stepped down to take on the role of 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 Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (2013-2014). Dr. Schulman is the recipient of the 2020 CHEST Master Clinician Educator Award and has received the Distinguished CHEST Educator designation each year since its inception in 2017.

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, Training and Transitions Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Governance Committee, Board of Regents, and the CHEST SEEK Sleep and SEEK Pulmonary Editorial Boards.

Doreen J. Addrizzo-Harris, MD, FCCP, is a pulmonary/critical care physician with an extensive background in bronchiectasis and non-tuberculous mycobacterial infection and medical education. Dr. Addrizzo-Harris is currently a Professor of Medicine at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine. She serves as the Associate Division Director for Clinical and Faculty Affairs, is the Director of the NYU Bronchiectasis and NTM Program, and is Co-Director of the NYU Pulmonary Faculty Practice. She is now serving in her 20th year as the Program Director of NYU’s Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship.

Dr. Addrizzo-Harris received her medical degree and completed her residency and fellowship training at New York University School of Medicine. Since completing her training, she was recruited to stay as a faculty member at NYU, where she has been a critical presence over the past 25 years. She has been instrumental in educating the next generation of pulmonary/critical care physicians and has won a number of awards for her teaching skills, most recently, the 2020 first place Program Director of the ATS Best Practice Program. Dr. Addrizzo-Harris has served on the board of the Association of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Program Directors (APCCMPD), including serving as President from 2006-2007. Academically she authored 39 peer-reviewed publications and 54 scientific abstracts presented at international conferences. She has participated in numerous clinical trials, many as PI. Dr. Addrizzo-Harris has been recognized as a Distinguished CHEST Educator each year since its inception since 2017 and received the Distinguished Service Award in 2019.

During her leadership tenure with CHEST, Dr. Addrizzo-Harris has served on the Marketing Committee, the Health and Science Policy Committee (Chair from 2007-2009), Government Relations Committee, Scientific Program Committee, Education Committee, Governance Committee, Editorial Board for CHEST Physician, Professional Standards Committee (Chair 2016-2018), Board of Regents, and CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees. Most recently, Dr. Addrizzo-Harris served as the President of the CHEST Foundation from 2018-2019 and Co-Chair of the Foundation Awards Committee from 2015-2020. Dr. Addrizzo-Harris will serve as the sixth woman to lead the American College of Chest Physicians.

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 more than 280 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 has held many leadership positions in the organization, including Editor in Chief for both CHEST SEEK Critical Care Medicine and Pulmonary Medicine Editorial Boards. 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. 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 each year since its inception since 2017. She was President and Chair of the CHEST Foundation from 2010-2014 and is currently on the CHEST Board of Regents and Board of Trustees. Dr. Levine served as the 82nd President of CHEST for the 2019-2020 term and is the fifth woman to lead the American College of CHEST Physicians.

All terms begin on Nov. 1, 2020, and last one year.

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