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International Health Committee

Chair Gustavo Matute-Bello, MD Seattle, WA
Vice Chair Kent E. Pinkerton, PhD Davis, CA
Committee Member Neill Adhikari, MD, CM, MSc Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Christian Bime, MD, MSc Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Erlina Burhan, MD Jakarta Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Committee Member - MECOR Steering Committee Chair Shannon S. Carson, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member E. Jane Carter, MD Providence, RI
Committee Member William Checkley, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Committee Member Allyn L. Harris, MD Jackson, MS
Committee Member Philip C. Hopewell, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Stephen P. Kantrow, MD New Orleans, LA
Committee Member David M. Lewinsohn, MD, PhD Portland, OR
Committee Member Peter P. Moschovis, MPH, MD DEDHAM, MA
Committee Member Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Obianuju B. Ozoh, MBBS Lagos, Nigeria
Committee Member Grace R. Paul Columbus, OH
Committee Member Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH Brookline, MA
Committee Member - CCR Representative Ruxana T. Sadikot, MD, MRCP(UK), ATSF Decatur, GA
Committee Member Peter D. Sly, MD, ATSF South Brisbane, Qld, Australia
Committee Member Mihaela Teodorescu, MD, MS Madison, WI
Staff Fran Du Melle Santa Rosa, CA
Staff Christopher L. Hughes Washington, DC

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 2018-2019:
1. Review, revise and implement the annual plan for the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health.
2. Provide oversight of the ATS MECOR program and the implementation of MECOR 2.0 with input from the MECOR Steering Committee.
3. Continue to organize and implement the ATS International Scholarship Program and the MECOR Scholarship Program.
4. Organize and host the annual International Scholars Colloquium, in collaboration with the membership committee and the MITT committee
5. Collaborate with the Scientific Advisory Committee on the MECOR research award program.
6. Collaborate with the Membership Committee to develop strategies aimed at increasing the relevance of the society to its international members including their engagement and active participation in society’s activities.
7. Develop a mobilization plan for acquisition of external grant funding for international activities related to the ATS mission, including the ATS international TB program.