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Thoracic Oncology Assembly Lifetime Achievement Award


The award will be given to an individual who has made outstanding scientific contributions in clinical, translational, or laboratory-based research relevant to the field of thoracic oncology, and/or exemplary service to the Assembly through education of the lung cancer community and program development. This award is intended for an established, internationally-recognized individual with a record of sustained exemplary achievement in the areas of Assembly interest.  Awardees will be presented with a framed certificate at the annual TO Membership Meeting during the ATS International Conference.


  • Must be a TOA primary member
  • Must not have received a similar Lifetime Achievement award from TOA or another ATS Assembly
  • The nomination package must include a 1-page letter from a member of the assembly describing the candidate’s contributions and why the award is appropriate


Applicants are scored on 5 criteria using a 1-5 rating system across the following categories:

  • Scientific Contributions/ Products
  • Teaching/ Mentoring/ Educational Contributions
  • Particpation in Assembly and ATS Activities (adminstrative, committees, workshop etc.)
  • Overall impact/ impression of dossier submitte for award application

Past Recipients of the Assembly on Thoracic Oncology Lifetime Achievement Award:

2021 - Pierre Massion, MD
2020 - Gerard A. Silvestri, MD
2019 - M. Patricia Rivera, MD
2018 - Michael K. Gould, MD, MS
2017 - Charles "Cap" Powell, MD
2016 - Frank C. Detterbeck, MD
2015 - James R. Jett, MD