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Assembly on Clinical Problems Annual Mentoring Award

  Meet the 2022 Winner: Ken M. Kunisaki, MD, MSCR, ATSF


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Dr. Ken Kunisaki is a Pulmonologist at the Minneapolis VA Health Care System, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota, and an ATS Fellow.

Dr. Kunisaki grew up across the Bay from where we are today (Hercules, California!), did his undergraduate work at UC Davis, medical school at The Ohio State University, and went to the University of Minnesota for residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, a fellowship in Adult Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, and an MS degree in Clinical Research.

His academic research work is focused on clinical trials and observational studies in COPD, and he has a particular interest in HIV-associated lung and sleep health. When he’s not at work, you might find him on the mountain bike trails or planning his next rock-climbing trip.


This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to mentoring, training, and guidance of junior pulmonary/critical care medicine individuals and/or colleagues in research, or clinical care. This award is presented to a  U.S. or International member of the CP Assembly at the CP Membership Meeting at the ATS International Conference.


  • Nominee's curriculum vitae must be included
  • Provide a table listing current and past mentees including mentees’ current employment/position, number of co-publications, grant funding, educational achievement, and/or other relevant metrics
  • Provide a short letter (three-page maximum) in support of your nominee addressing each of the following criteria; the candidate should
    • have been an active clinician and teacher in pulmonary/critical care medicine for at least 10 years, with the rank of Associate Professor or Professor (or equivalent).
    •  be recognized as having the characteristics of a successful mentor (e.g., support, altruism, availability, professionalism).
    • demonstrate a track record of successful mentorship as documented by individual mentee accomplishments, impact on mentee career development, and mentee career advancement to independence in clinical medicine, teaching, or administration.
  • Provide up to three letters of support (each letter three-page maximum) from current/prior mentees or colleagues describing their experiences with regard to the nominee’s mentoring accomplishments.


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