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Council of Chapter Representatives

Chair Stephen P. Kantrow, MD New Orleans, LA Louisiana Thoracic Society
Chair-Elect Angela C. Wang, MD La Jolla, CA California Thoracic Society
Immediate Past Chair Steven H. Kirtland, MD Seattle, WA Washington Thoracic Society
Secretary Jag Sunderram, MD New Brunswick, NJ New Jersey Thoracic Society
Representative Ahmed Awab, MD Edmond, OK Oklahoma Thoracic Society
Representative Lee K. Brown, MD Albuquerque, NM New Mexico Thoracic Society
Representative Christine S. Fukui, MD Honolulu, HI Hawaii Thoracic Society
Representative Bradford J. Glavan, MD Portland, OR Oregon Thoracic Society
Representative Robin L. Gross, MD Washington, DC Metropolitan DC Thoracic Society
Representative Allyn L. Harris, MD Jackson, MS
Representative Don Hayes, MD, MS, MEd Columbus, OH Ohio Thoracic Society
Representative Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Thoracic Society
Representative Linda Nici, MD Providence, RI Rhode Island Thoracic Society
Representative George C. Parides, DO Mesa, AZ Arizona Thoracic Society
Representative Michael W. Peterson, MD Fresno, CA California Thoracic Society
Representative Ravindra C. Rajmane, MD New York, NY
Representative Jennifer Trevor, MD Birmingham, AL
Representative Carolyn H. Welsh, MD Denver, CO Colorado Thoracic Society
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Jennifer A. Ian New York, NY
Staff May Ling Brantman New York, NY

ATS chapters further the purposes of the Society within the United States at a state or multi-state level. Each chapter represents a state or small group of states. Chapters must hold a scientific and business meeting each year. Each chapter elects a representative to the Council of Chapter Representatives, which provides a national forum to address issues that are of relevance to the chapters. Chapter representatives represent the concerns of their members to the Council. The Council leadership represents these concerns to the ATS Board of Directors. Chapter representatives should report on the activity of the Council and the ATS to their chapters and should promote the ATS within the chapters. In addition they should seek opportunities to improve performance of all chapters and develop more chapters.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017
• Provide education for medical professionals through chapter educational meetings;
• Develop initiatives to actively engage junior professionals in chapter programs and activities;
• Develop/execute a plan to revive inactive chapters and form new ones to broaden opportunities for local medical education and an ATS/chapter presence throughout the U.S.;
• Increase visibility and awareness of chapter activities to new and current ATS members; in turn, provide information about ATS at chapter meetings;
• Support ATS advocacy initiatives at the local level by naming an advocacy ‘champion’ for each chapter, as well as identifying a ‘champion’ in crucial states with no chapter;
• Work with the Clinicians Advisory and the Membership Committees to increase the value of membership for clinicians in ATS;
• Develop/execute an annual health equality project to support the ATS goal of attaining the highest level of respiratory health for all people;
• Support the ATS Foundation by bringing awareness of its mission and activities to chapter members;
• Actively participate in the Breathing Better Alliance.