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International Conference Committee

Chair Zea Borok, MD Los Angeles, CA
Chair-Appointee Jess Mandel, MD La Jolla, CA
Committee Member - NUR Program Chair Jiyeon Choi, PhD, RN Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member - BSHSR Program Chair Colin R. Cooke, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member - CP Program Chair Sonye K. Danoff, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member - BSHSR Program Chair-elect Laura C. Feemster, MSc, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member - AII Program Chair-elect Andrew P. Fontenot, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member - CC Program Chair-elect Michelle N. Gong, MS, MD Bronx, NY
Committee Member - ATS President David Gozal, MD, MBA Chicago, IL
Committee Member - RSF Program Chair-elect Tillie-Louise Hackett, BS(Hons), PhD Vancouver, B.C., BC, Canada
Committee Member - PC Program Chair Anna Hemnes, MD Nashville, TN
Committee Member - PED Program Chair Anastassios C. Koumbourlis, MD, MPH Washington, DC
Committee Member - PC Program Chair-elect Tim Lahm, MD Indianapolis, IN
Committee Member - RCMB Program Chair-elect Patty Lee, MD New Haven, CT
Committee Member - EOPH Program Chair-elect Tricia D. LeVan, PhD Omaha, NE
Committee Member - EOPH Program Chair Augusto A. Litonjua, MD Boston, MA
Committee Member - PR Program Chair-elect William Man, MD, PhD Harefield, United Kingdom
Committee Member - MTPI Program Chair-elect Mark L. Metersky, MD Farmington, CT
Committee Member - PED Program Chair-elect Paul E. Moore, MD Nashville, TN
Committee Member - ATS President-elect Marc Moss, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member - PR Program Chair Marilyn Moy, MD, MSc Boston, MA
Committee Member - SRN Program Chair Robert L. Owens, MD La Jolla, CA
Committee Member - RCMB Program Chair Karen M. Ridge, PhD Chicago, IL
Committee Member - MTPI Program Chair Jussi J. Saukkonen, MD West Roxbury, MA
Committee Member - CP Program Chair-elect Frank C. Sciurba, MD Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member - RSF Program Chair Gwen S. Skloot, MD New York, NY
Committee Member - TO Program Chair-elect Christopher G. Slatore, MD Portland, OR
Committee Member - AII Program Chair Anne I. Sperling, PhD Chicago, IL
Committee Member - CC Program Chair Renee D. Stapleton, MD, PhD Burlington, VT
Committee Member - TO Program Chair Lynn T. Tanoue, MD New Haven, CT
Committee Member - SRN Program Chair-elect Esra Tasali, MD Chicago, IL
Committee Member - NUR Program Chair-elect Judith Tate, PhD, RN Columbus, OH
Ex-Officio - Immediate Past President Atul Malhotra, MD La Jolla, CA
Staff Francine Comi New York, NY
Staff Nancy Guerrero New York, NY

The International Conference Committee is responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing scientific and educational sessions and other programs of the ATS International Conference. This responsibility includes securing, reviewing and selecting proposals and abstracts for the scientific sessions, coordinating sessions devoted to continuing medical education, and supervising the conduct and content of collaboratively sponsored programs. The International Conference Committee evaluates the quality of each year's International Conference and proposes strategies to improve the conference in subsequent years.

Benchmarks, 2016-2017
1. Identify innovative, efficient and effective ways to redesign the International Conference, and work with ATS leadership to facilitate implementation of new Society initiatives into the International Conference program.
2. Enhance international attendance by ensuring clinical and basic science sessions reflect a global approach to health and disease wherever possible;
3. Encourage participation of younger professionals and trainees by increasing interaction between early career investigator poster presenters and successful, more senior ATS members;
4. Encourage participation by younger professionals and trainees by increasing interaction between fellows and early career clinicians in the case and quality improvement poster sessions;
5. Work with the Education Committee and ATS staff to coordinate gap analysis and evaluate all continuing medical education offerings;
6. Continue to program non-Assembly programmed topics, including symposia committee activities and strategic initiatives of the Society;
7. Develop a quality improvement poster session;
8. Enlist master clinicians identified with the council of Chapter Representatives to facilitate Case presentations sessions.