Thoracic Oncology

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Assembly on Thoracic Oncology


Welcome Message

Michael K. Gould, MD, MS
Assembly Chair
M.Patricia Rivera, MD

Welcome to The Assembly on Thoracic Oncology. Our members are committed to expand and enhance the breadth and quality of research, member and patient education, and advocacy efforts related to lung cancer care. The structure of the Assembly fosters interdisciplinary communication, programming, project development, membership outreach and collaborations with industry and other lung cancer societies.

Activities to achieve our goals include: programming scientific sessions at the International Conference; postgraduate training courses; writing position papers and statements to advance the science of lung cancer; and establishing collaborations with other respiratory disease organizations (ACCP, ERS, JRS, AATS), cancer-related professional societies (IASLC, AACR, ASCO) and funding agencies. The broad multidisciplinary representation of our assembly, which include a diverse group of pulmonologists, thoracic surgeons, thoracic radiologists, epidemiologists and clinical and basic science researchers, has allowed us to break through organizational barriers to facilitate collaboration amongst diverse researchers and clinicians with an interest in lung cancer.

Activities: Since inception, Thoracic Oncology Assembly (TOA) demonstrated significant progress in achieving the goals set forth above. Membership has increased steadily to reach 1,079 as of May 2017. Through International Conference programming, outreach efforts to members and the Cancer community, document publications, AJRCCM publications, and interactions with national and international cancer related organizations led by TOA, the ATS has increased its prominence in lung cancer and is now considered to be amongst the leaders in this field.

The Thoracic Oncology Assembly is well positioned to accommodate the development and programming of multidisciplinary lung cancer programming and documents that do not fit neatly into the priorities of the program committees of existing ATS assemblies.

For more information about the Assembly’s initiatives, please send an e-mail to


Thoracic Oncology Leadership




Program Committee Chair

Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD


Program Committee Chair-Elect

Anvil Vachani, MD, MS


Planning Committee Chair

Philippe R. Montgrain, MD


Nominating Committee Chair

Michael K. Gould, MD, MS


Web Director

A. Cole Burks, MD


Last Reviewed: April 2019