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Assembly on Clinical Problems Early Career Achievement Award

Meet the 2022 Winner: Dr. Justin Oldham, MD, MS


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Dr. Oldham is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at UC-Davis and will soon be joining faculty at the University of Michigan, where he will lead clinical and translational interstitial lung disease (ILD) research. After attending medical school at the University of Colorado, Dr. Oldham completed his residency in internal medicine at UC-Davis, where he also served as chief resident. He then completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at the University of Chicago, where he concurrently obtained a master’s degree in health outcomes research. Dr. Oldham’s research is currently funded by the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute and aims to identify blood-based biomarkers that predict clinically relevant outcomes in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and other forms of fibrosing ILD. Dr. Oldham has published over 50 peer-reviewed papers, including several in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, Lancet Respiratory Medicine, European Respiratory Journal and CHEST. Beyond his clinical work and research, Dr. Oldham serves as an associate editor for CHEST and mentors trainees interested in launching a career in academic medicine.



The award will be given to an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions in clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research relevant to Clinical Problems. This award is to recognize an individual who has made these contributions early in his or her career (Instructor or Assistant Professor level or at an equivalent rank in a non-academic institution). We encourage nomination of diverse nominees, including but not limited to gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, country, area of focus and primary occupation.

Award Presentation:

Awardees will be presented with a framed certificate during the annual CP Membership Meeting at the ATS International Conference, during the Clinical Problems business meeting at which time the Chair of the Clinical Problems Assembly and Planning Committee chair will jointly present the award to the awardee. The awardee will have the opportunity to speak about what this award means to them. Awardees will also be announced on ATS platforms including the website and social media accounts. A letter of recognition and contribution will also be sent to the designated institutional leader.


  • Nominee: Recipient must be a primary member of the Clinical Problems assembly as this award seeks to highlight ATS members with direct and specific contributions to the ATS Clinical Problems Assembly.
  • Nominator: Nominations can be received from all members, but preference will be given to Clinical Problem assembly nominating members. Nominations from outside of the assembly will be accepted as long as the area of work matches the award goals.
  • Must be at the Instructor or Assistant Professor level or at an equivalent rank in a non-academic institution.
  • Application elements:
    • The nomination package must include a letter from a member of the Clinical Problems Assembly describing why the award is appropriate
    • Nominee's curriculum vitae must also be included
    • Name, title and email address for nominee’s division chief, or other institutional leader who should be notified of this nomination and award, if selected
  • Scoring Metric(s): Applications will be reviewed by the Clinical Problems planning committee, utilizing a scoring scale ranking each of the following metrics on a scale of 1-5, where 5 is the best and 1 is the worst:
    • Nominee contributions to clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research relevant to Clinical Problems
    • Past, present or anticipated future contribution to the ATS Clinical Problems assembly
    • Nominee characteristics, such as DEI contributions
  • Repeat or carry over applications: Nominations for this award will not be carried over. A new application will need to be submitted in order for the same nominee to be considered for the same award.


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021- Dong Keon Yon, MD

2020 - Samuel Ash, MD, MPH

2019 - Lida P. Harris, BS, MD, PhD

2018 - Joanna Hart, MD, MS

2017 - Jonathan P. Singer, MS, MD

2016 - Surya P. Bhatt, MD

2015 - Joshua M. Diamond, MD