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TID Lifetime Achievement Award

Meet the 2023 Winner: Carl W. White, MD


Carl W. White, MD, is Professor of Pediatrics, and staff physician at the Breathing Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado, at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO.  His undergraduate degree was from Earlham College, Richmond, IN; his MD and Pediatric Internship, Residency and Chief Residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX; and his Pediatric Pulmonary Fellowship training at University of Colorado, before joining the faculty there (1984-1989. He was based at National Jewish Health from 1989-2012, then relocating his research and clinical practice to the University (CO) and Children’s. He has been an ATS member since 1982. He has been active in several assemblies, including Pediatrics, Terrorism and Inhalation Disasters Section of Environmental, Occupational and Population Health (EOPH), and Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (RCMB), and served for many years on Editorial Boards of the Red (retired) and Blue (continuing) journals. He has been funded by NIH and other agencies for 41 years, while continuing  clinical practice in pediatric pulmonology throughout this time.

His laboratory has explored hyperoxic and hypoxic lung effects and adaptations, mechanisms of acute lung injury and protection, and mechanisms of toxic inhaled chemicals’ actions, and potential countermeasure therapies, focusing more recently on sulfur mustard, chlorine, methyl isocyanate (Bhopal agent), pollutants, and vaping.


The award will be given to an individual who has made outstanding scientific and scholarly contributions to areas related to the TID mission. Awardees will be presented with a framed certificate at the ATS International Conference. Nominations of diverse candidates (by gender, race/ethnicity, country, area of focus and primary occupation) are highly encouraged.


  • Associate or full professor (5 or more years from reaching the associate professor level) or equivalent
  • Outstanding contributions to research, education and/or training in areas broadly related to TID
  • Nominees must be a TID member at the time of award (may join upon nomination)
  • Nominations must include a cover letter (<2 pages) from an ATS member describing the candidate’s qualification and accomplishments and why the award is appropriate. Letters can be co-signed by more than one nominator. Self-nominations are allowable.
  • Nominee's curriculum vitae must be included in the submission.
  • Previous awardees are not eligible for the same award
  • Applications will be reviewed by the TID Executive Committee with exclusion, as appropriate, of members who may have a conflict of interest.

Scoring Criteria:

Applications will be reviewed and scored based on the following criteria. Domains of excellence in research/teaching/mentoring and overall impact will receive greatest weight. Applications (cover letter and CV) should highlight the following domains:

  • Excellence in research, teaching, or/and mentoring.
  • Scholarly Contributions to Inhalational Disaster studies
  • Leadership service (academia, industry, professional societies [both ATS and outside ATS])
  • Participation in the TID Section (Administrative, Committees, Workshops, etc.)
  • Overall impact/impression of dossier submitted for award application.

Note: Award nominations will be carried over for 3 years. 


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