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The ATS Names Sally E. Wenzel, MD, ATSF 2021 J. Burns Amberson Lecturer


ATS 2021, New York, NY — The American Thoracic Society has named Sally E. Wenzel, MD, ATSF, as the 2021 J. Burns Amberson Lecturer. The lecture, “Under the Asthma Umbrella: From Phenotypes to Fundamentals," was presented during the ATS 2021 International Conference.

“I am honored to name Dr. Wenzel as the J. Burns Amberson Lecturer at ATS 2021,” said ATS President Juan C. Celedón, MD, ATSF. “Asthma affects more than 300 million people around the world. Dr. Wenzel’s substantial research contributions have improved our understanding of asthma while directly impacting our approach to its treatment. Throughout her remarkable career, Dr. Wenzel has helped our mission to help improve global lung health.” 

Dr. Wenzel is director of the University of Pittsburgh Asthma and Environmental Lung Health Institute at UPMC, and chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Graduate School of
Public Health, University of Pittsburgh. She completed her medical degree at the University of Florida and spent many years at National Jewish/University of Colorado before moving to the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wenzel has been NIH-funded for most of her career. She has focused on improving the understanding of the development and treatment of asthma and its phenotypes. Translationally, she has studied molecular mechanisms underlying these phenotypes.

Dr. Wenzel has published over 300 papers and has received numerous achievement awards from the American Thoracic Society and the European Respiratory Society. In her role as chair of Environmental and Occupational Health, she is dedicated to improving the environment and its impact on lung health.

The J. Burns Amberson Lecture is given in honor of J. Burns Amberson, an international authority on chest disease and tuberculosis, and is a distinguished honor recognizing a career of major lifetime contributions to clinical or basic pulmonary research and/or clinical practice. It also recognizes exemplary professionalism, collegiality and citizenship through mentorship and leadership in the ATS community.

Learn more about all the ATS Respiratory Health Awards on the ATS website.


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About the American Thoracic Society
Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society’s 16,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The ATS publishes four journals, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular BiologyAnnals of the American Thoracic Society, and ATS Scholar.

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