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Assembly on Critical Care Mid-Career Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner: Karen Burns, MD, MSCR, FRCPC, MSc


Dr. Burns is a pulmonologist, intensivist, and epidemiologist. She practices critical care medicine at Unity Health Toronto (St. Michael’s Hospital). She is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Toronto, a Clinician Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, and part-time faculty in the Department of Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (McMaster University). Dr. Burns' research program focuses on evaluating strategies to liberate critically ill patients from mechanical ventilation and characterizing practice variation in weaning. She is President of the Canadian Critical Care Society and Chair of the Women in Critical Care Interest Group of the ATS.


This award is given to an individual with a clear commitment to the Critical Care Assembly and the ATS, with demonstrated significant and meaningful contributions to the CCA in the area(s) of research, clinical care, quality improvement, teaching, mentoring, promoting diversity, advocacy, and/or service. The awardee will be presented with a framed certificate at the ATS International Conference.


  • Must be at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level (or at an equivalent rank in a non-academic institution) and at least 10 years following completion of postdoctoral training.  
  • Candidate must be a CCA member (primary or secondary) with an established commitment to the mission of the CCA, including advocating diversity.
  • Contributions to the CCA 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 from one or more members of the CCA describing why the award is merited. The curriculum vitae from the candidate must also be included with the nomination packet.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - *No Award Given
2020 - Hayley Gershengorn, MD, FCCM, ATSF
2019 - Carolyn S. Calfee, MD
2018 - Hannah Wunsch, MSc, MD
2017 - Robert Fowler, MD