Organization of Our Society

The New York State Thoracic Society, a chapter of the American Thoracic Society. First founded in 1950 as the New York Trudeau Society, it was named after Edward Livingston Trudeau, MD, who was the first American investigator to culture the tubercle bacillus, the causative agent for tuberculosis. The Society honors his name through a lectureship at its annual scientific meeting.

Purposes of Our Society

  • To be a society, committed to the highest professional and scientific standards, and dedicated to the collection, interpretation, and dissemination of scientific information concerning all aspects of respiratory disease.
  • To participate actively with medical societies and with other official and non-official organizations in this state.
  • To improve the teaching of respiratory disease in medical schools. To encourage and support professional and technical education and all aspects of research in the field of respiratory disease.

The Society is overseen by an Executive Committee comprised of its officers and committee members, all of whom conduct the ongoing Society business during the year.

Scientific Assembly

The Scientific Assembly which the Society holds each January is regarded as one of the premier educational events of the year for those working in or close to the thoracic/respiratory field. Nationally known speakers covering a wide range of topics as well as case studies assembled by members that enable attendees to upgrade their knowledge in a forum which allows for discussion at a level not usually found in many conferences. This has also proven to be an opportunity for attendees to interact with colleagues away from the demands of their practices/work settings. It is accredited through the American Thoracic Society.


  • Professional Education and Research Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Assembly Program Committee