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Assembly on Critical Care Early Career Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner: Lauren E Ferrante, MD, MHS, ATSF


Dr. Ferrante is an Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine at the Yale School of Medicine and Director of the Operations Core at the Yale Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center.  Her research program is centered at the interface of critical care medicine and geriatrics, with the overarching goal of understanding and improving the functional outcomes of critically ill older adults.  Her work is currently funded by a Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders in Aging Career Development Award, the Yale Pepper Center, and a COVID supplement from the National Institute on Aging.  Dr. Ferrante co-chairs the Aging in Critical Care Interest Group of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) and the Medical Specialties Section of the American Geriatrics Society (AGS), where she also serves on the Rising Star Selection and Mentoring Committee for the NIA Clin-STAR program. Clinically, she is an attending physician in the Medical Intensive Care Unit (MICU) at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and also cares for patients with persistent symptoms after COVID-19 infection in the Yale Post-COVID Recovery Program.

Dr. Ferrante trained in internal medicine at Columbia before moving to Yale for postdoctoral fellowship.  At Yale, she concurrently completed a clinical fellowship in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, a research fellowship in Geriatric Clinical Epidemiology, and a Masters of Health Science degree before joining the Yale faculty. 



This award recognizes a junior faculty with exemplary achievements in a scientific area of interest to the Assembly and who demonstrates clear promise for a future of sustained productivity. The awardee will be honored at the CC Assembly gathering at the ATS International Conference.


Candidate should be:

  • An active clinician or investigator in critical care medicine within ~10 years of completion of training (i.e., fellowship or terminal doctoral degree, whichever was completed/awarded latest)
  • A CCA member (primary or secondary).
  • Contributions to the CC Assembly in the form of committee participation or leadership, promoting CCA diversity, and/or otherwise advancing the CCA’s mission will be viewed favorably.

The nomination package must include a nomination letter touching on all four scoring metrics (see below scoring rubric) from one or more members of ATS describing why the award is merited. Nominators should note in their letter any extenuating circumstances affecting the nominee. The curriculum vitae from the candidate must also be included with the nomination packet. Unawarded nominations from prior years do not carry over and should be resubmitted; previous awardees are not eligible for the same award.

Scoring Rubric:

 Applicants are scored on 4 criteria using a 1-5 rating system (with 1 being the best) across the below categories. In the event that none of the nominees in a given category receive an average score ≤3 , the Planning Committee may choose to defer granting an award in that category that year. If the Planning Committee does not receive any eligible nominations in a given category (e.g., CCA member, active clinician/investigator for roughly the stated time frame), the Committee may choose to nominate an individual, who must be unanimously approved by all members in order to receive the award.

  • Scientific Contributions/Products (which may include: research articles, data, reagents, software, and intellectual property)
  • Teaching/Mentoring/Educational/Advocacy Contributions
  • Participation in Assembly and ATS Activities (administrative, committees, workshops etc.)
  • Overall impact/impression of dossier submitted for award application


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - Michael Harhay, Ph.D, MPH, and Michael Sjoding, MD

2020 - Matthew Semler, MD, MSc

2019 - Matthew Churpek, MD, MPH

2018 - Hallie C. Prescott, MD

2017 - Nuala Meyer, MD, MS

2016 - Christopher W. Seymour, MD, MSc

2015 - Colin R. Cooke, MD