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International Health Committee

Chair Stephen B. Gordon, MD Blantyre 3, Malawi
Vice Chair Alvaro A. Cruz, MD Salvador, BA, Brazil
Committee Member Roberto A. Accinelli Tanaka, MD Lima, Peru
Committee Member Neill Adhikari, MD, MS Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Nils E. Billo, MD Therwil, BL, Switzerland
Committee Member Christian Bime, MD, MSc Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Robert J. Blount, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member A. Sonia Buist, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member Erlina Burhan, MD Jakarta Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Committee Member E. Jane Carter, MD Providence, RI
Committee Member William Checkley, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Sarvajna K. Dwivedi, PhD Redwood City, CA
Committee Member Allyn L. Harris, MD Jackson, MS
Committee Member Philip C. Hopewell, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member - CCR Representative Stephen P. Kantrow, MD New Orleans, LA
Committee Member Gustavo Matute-Bello, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Peter P. Moschovis, MPH, MD Dedham, MA
Committee Member Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Benoit Nemery, MD, PhD B3000 Leuven, Belgium
Committee Member Daniel O. Obaseki, MD Ile-Ife, Osun State, Nigeria
Committee Member Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH Boston, MA
Committee Member Peter D. Sly, MD South Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Committee Member Mihaela Teodorescu, MD, MS Madison, WI
Committee Member William O. Worodria, MBChB Kampala 256, Uganda
Staff Fran Du Melle Santa Rosa, CA
Staff Christopher L. Hughes New York, NY

The International Health Committee develops strategies to promote the global mission of the ATS to improve the health of patients worldwide with pulmonary and sleep?related conditions and critical illnesses. It recommends to the Board policies, guidelines, and programs that promote lung health worldwide as well as enhance care of the critically ill and those with sleep disorders worldwide. The Committee coordinates and facilitates the interactions of the Society with professional organizations based outside of the United States. It also provides oversight for programs and partnerships co? sponsored or endorsed by the ATS but initiated or managed by international, governmental, and non? governmental organizations and agencies. The Committee also advises the Executive Committee regarding participation of ATS officers in programs sponsored by international organizations and works in collaboration with the Research Advocacy Committee to advocate for international research funding. It will review, revise and implement an annual plan for the promotion of the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health that describes the activities and programs to achieve the aims of the Society in global health.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017
• Review, revise and implement the annual plan for the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health,
• Implement a Subcommittee on International Education Activities with Steering Committees on MECOR and Global Scholars to advise the International Health Committee on the implementation of these important global health activities.
• Identify ways to expand ATS member participation, including junior members, in international activities and enhance those activities for members;
• Work with the Education Committee to develop possible international educational offerings, including context-specific training programs in pulmonary and critical care medicine created for developing countries;
• Work with the Education and Proficiency Standards committees to develop possible spirometry training for low income countries,
• Develop a mobilization plan for acquisition of external grant funding for international activities related to the ATS mission;
• Promote international activities related to the ATS mission, including the Global Scholars Program.