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Assembly on Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Andy Tager Award for Excellence in Mentoring

Dr. Andy Tager was a remarkable physician scientist who combined his talent as an astute and caring physician, with that of a creative and insightful scientist, and with a lifelong dedication to helping others. Dr. Tager received multiple national awards for his discovery of bioactive lipids as potential targets of therapy in interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, and distinguishing himself as one of the few to fulfill the dream of taking his work from bench to bedside. He was a selfless mentor to trainees and colleagues at his home institution, caring for the careers of those he was mentoring at least as much as his own. Less obvious to others, through his many leadership roles at ATS, Dr. Tager helped promote the professional careers ATS of members, particularly the RCMB Assembly, from all over the world. The Andy Tager Award for Excellence in Mentoring is our tribute to the brilliant, caring man, whose selfless dedication touched so many hearts, in more ways than one.


 The Faculty Nominee Must:

  • Have mentored 5 or more individuals who have since completed their training with the nominee
  • Must be either a Primary of Secondary member of the RCMB Assembly

Guidelines for Submitting a Nomination:

A Nomination Must Include:

  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae
  • A 1-page narrative outlining the reasons for the nomination
  • 5 distinct letters of support from mentees are required. Only 5 letters of support will be reviewed for each nominee.
  • The letters of support must:
    • Detail summary of the mentee’s current job (position/title)
    • Explain how the nominee helped with the mentee’s career development

Self-nominations will not be considered.

Evidence of diversity among a nominee’s mentees will be considered favorably


Past Recipients of the Andy Tager for Excellence in Mentoring Award:

2019 - Timothy S. Blackwell, MD
2018 - Naftali Kaminski, MD 

Last Reviewed: May 2019