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Assembly on Respiratory Structure and Function Solbert Permutt Trailblazer Award in Pulmonary Physiology and Medicine

Meet the 2022 Winner: Neil R. Macintyre, MD


Jason Bates 2022

Neil R. MacIntyre MD completed a medical degree at Cornell Medical College in New York, New York. His postdoctoral training included an internal medicine residency at Cornell-New York Hospital and a pulmonary disease fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. MacIntyre also served three years as a US Navy flight surgeon at the Naval Aerospace Medical Research Lab in Pensacola, Florida.

Dr. MacIntyre has published more than 300 articles and reviews in the peer-reviewed literature, he has served as editor for eight books, and he is on the editorial board of five important journals. He has been on the steering committee of several important NIH trials networks, the most prominent being the ARDS Network. His research interests range from clinical pulmonary physiology to large scale randomized trials in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and acute respiratory failure.

Dr. MacIntyre has been a 40 year member of ATS, has been president of both the local ALA and NCTS, and has presented multiple times at both local and national ATS events. He has been on the ATS Pulmonary Function Standards Committee for over 20 years and was on the steering/writing committee for many of the ATS Guidelines involving pulmonary function testing. In 2005 he was the chair of the ATS/ERS Guidelines Committee for DLCO testing.

Dr. MacIntyre’s honors include Alpha Omega Alpha, the Surgeon General’s Award for Aviation Medicine, the Forrest Bird Award for Lifetime Scientific Achievement, the Jimmy Young Medal from the American Association for Respiratory Care, the Thomas Petty Award from the American Association of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, the Duke Distinguished Faculty Designation, and the College Medal from the American College of Chest Physicians.


Award Description:

This award honors Solbert Permutt, an intellectual giant who made groundbreaking contributions to the understanding of pulmonary physiology and respiratory medicine and served as an inspirational mentor for countless trainees and colleagues.  The award is intended for an established investigator who has performed pioneering research in the area of respiratory structure and function and has guided and inspired others in the field.  Innovative basic or translational scientists, clinical investigators and clinician-educators who have been outstanding mentors or teachers are eligible.  Nomination of diverse candidates is encouraged. 

The award consists of a plaque and an honorarium, which will be presented at the ATS International Conference.  RSF gratefully acknowledges Medical Graphics Corporation (MGC Diagnostics) for their support. 


    • Associate professor, professor or equivalent with distinguished achievement as a basic or translational scientist, clinical investigator or clinician-educator
    • Pioneering work  that has significantly advanced the understanding of respiratory physiology or medicine
    • Record of having inspired trainees through mentorship or teaching
    • Normally RSF Assembly membership, but suitable candidates from other ATS Assemblies will be considered
    • Nominee’s current curriculum vitae including a list of nominee’s publications and a list of trainees mentored
    • Nominator’s letter of recommendation
    • Support letters, particularly from nominee’s mentees, which are optional but recommended

Nomination/ support letters should describe nominee's:

    • Research contributions in the area of respiratory structure and function
    • Influence as a mentor or teacher
    • Involvement in ATS, including any involvement in RSF Assembly
    • Service to the broader scientific or medical community


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View Previous Award Recipients

2021 - Asrar B. Malik Malik, PhD
2020 - Jason Bates, PhD,DSc, ATSF
2019 - Jeffrey Fredberg, PhD