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ATS Fellow FAQ

The American Thoracic Society values its members who reside in more than 120 countries around the world. We offer a wide variety of products and services to help you grow in your job and to help patients effectively. The ATS is now offering a “Fellow” designation–ATS Fellow–to its members who meet the criteria. The ATS Fellow designation is a mark of distinction, conferring recognition on members for their accomplishments, dedication and contributions to the Society as well as to the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

What is an ATS Fellow?

It is a new designation offered by the ATS that is a mark of distinction for members who have demonstrated dedication to the Society and made significant contributions to the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and/or sleep medicine.

What will the ATS Fellow designation be called?

Members who are selected to be ATS Fellows may add ‘ATSF’ after their name.
For example, John A. Smith, MD, ATSF or Sue Adams, PhD, ATSF

Is there an annual renewal?

No, if you are selected to be an ATS Fellow you may use ‘ATSF’ after your name as long as you are an active ATS member. 

Who is eligible to apply?

Anyone who is a current ATS member and has been a member for 5 or more years. MD’s as well as PhD’s and other allied health professionals are welcome to apply for ATS Fellow.

My membership lapsed; can I still apply?

If you renew your membership, you may then apply if you have been a member for 5 or more years.

How do I apply?

Complete the online ATS Fellow application here. You will be asked to indicate your contributions/activities with the ATS and, in the fields of pulmonary, critical care and/or sleep medicine; write a personal statement; and attach two letters of reference. Your CV may be included in the event that the reviewers need to verify an item in the application.

The application, in question 3, asks for ‘contributions to the ATS; what is this?

As indicated in the pulldown menu for question #3, you can indicate your activities with the ATS such as:  committee/subcommittee, assembly and chapter leadership including chair, vice chair and officer positions; service on the ATS board of directors; leadership roles with the ATS journals or journals submissions; faculty for the International Conference or other ATS education programs including Assemblies and chapters; International Conference abstract submission; ATS awards received; advocacy/government affairs activities for the ATS including Hill Day, or other ATS activities that are not included here.

I don’t remember all my committee activities; can ATS help me?

Contact us at and we will provide you with that information.

Is there an application fee?

There is a nonrefundable member fee that varies according to your member type. When you log in to view the ATS Fellow application the fee amount will appear at the top of the form below your member type.

If I can’t apply this year, can I do it next year?

Yes, we will offer ATS Fellow every year. Dates for next year’s application will be announced at a future date.

What is the deadline to apply?

Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

How will ATS Fellows be recognized?

They will be recognized at the International Conference in May as well as in ATS publications and on the ATS web site. They will also receive a plaque, a letter and an ATS Fellow pin.

Who can I contact if I have questions?

Contact us at and we get back to you usually within one business day.

Last Reviewed: October 2017