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Assembly on Pediatrics Lifetime Contributions to Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Award

2021 Winner -  David Gozal, MD, MBA, Ph.D. (Hon)



Dr. Gozal is currently the Marie M. and Harry L. Smith Endowed Chair and the Chairman of the Department of Child Health at the University of Missouri, as well as Physician-in-Chief of the University of Missouri Health Children’s Hospital. He received his M.D. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and MBA degrees from Georgetown University and ESADE completed his pediatric residency at the Haifa Medical Center in Israel, and then spent 2 years in Cameroon, West Africa, developing rural healthcare networks, for which he received the title of “Knight of the Order of Merit”. He then completed his pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine training at Children's Hospital Los Angeles in 1993 and joined the faculty at the University of Southern California and UCLA. In 1994, he moved to Tulane University and was appointed tenured Professor and Constance Kaufman Endowed Chair in Pediatric Pulmonology Research. From 1999 till 2009, Dr. Gozal was at the University of Louisville as the Children’s Hospital Foundation Chair for Pediatric Research, Distinguished University Scholar, Director of the Kosair Children’s Research Institute, and Chief of the Division of Pediatric Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Medicine Fellowship Program, both of which were recognized as programs of distinction by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. From 2009 till 2014, Dr. Gozal served as Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics and Physician-in-Chief and CEO of Comer Children’s Hospital at the University of Chicago, and then assumed the position of Herbert T. Abelson Professor at the University of Chicago, where he also held the title of Pritzker Scholar. He is Past President of the American Thoracic Society, was a member of the Board of Directors of the Sleep Research Society 2014-2016, and is Deputy Editor-in-Chief for the journal Sleep, and Associate Editor for ERJ, Pediatric Pulmonology, and Frontiers in Neurology. He has been the recipient of the ATS Amberson Lecture in 2002 and was awarded the William C. Dement Academic Achievement Award by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine in 2013, and the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award of the National Sleep Foundation. He has also received two honorary doctorates from the University of Barcelona and University of Lleida in Spain.  His research work has been continuously supported by grants from the NIH since 1992, he has published over 750 peer-reviewed original articles carrying an H index of 122 and >60,000 citations (one of the top 3,000 most cited scientists in the world), along with more than 160 book chapters and reviews, edited 4 books, presented more than 1,000 scientific abstracts, and has extensively lectured all over the world.


The Assembly on Pediatrics will be presenting its Lifetime Contributions to the Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Award. This award is given to a candidate at the Professor or Professor Emeritus level who is recognized for achievement in teaching, clinical care, research, advocacy, or scholarship over the course of their entire career. The individual should be known for dedicating their life to the advancement of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine. This award will honor the individual’s contributions which significantly enhanced child lung health.  Candidates in Pediatric Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Neonatal Medicine will be considered.


  • The nominee is a member of the ATS.
  • One letter of support outlining the candidate’s contributions to the science, education, practice, and/or advocacy in Pediatric Respiratory Medicine. There may be co-signatories, but only one letter will be accepted.
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
  • Copies of 3 seminal manuscripts published by the candidate (please consolidate manuscripts into one document before uploading).
  • Candidates with more than 25 years of active participation in the specialty, and those with active contributions to the Pediatric Assembly, the ATS, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, or similar institutions, will be viewed favorably.

Past Recipients of the Assembly on Pediatrics Lifetime Contributions to Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Award:

2020 - Jules Allen, MD, and Robert Tepper, MD, PhD
2019 - Gregory Redding, MD
2018 - Margaret W. Leigh, MD
2017 - Andrew R. Colin, MD