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International Health Committee

Chair David M. Lewinsohn, MD, PhD Portland, OR
Vice Chair Samya Z. Nasr, MD, ATSF Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Enrico Lombardi, MD Florence, Florence, Italy
Committee Member Erlina Burhan, MD Jakarta Timur, DKI Jakarta, Indonesia
Committee Member Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Committee Member Leila K. Gozal, MD, MSc, ATSF Columbia, MO
Committee Member Maple Landvoigt, MD Lewisburg, WV
Committee Member Obianuju B. Ozoh, MBBS, ATSF Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria
Committee Member Peggy S. Lai, MPH, MD, ATSF Boston, MA
Committee Member Philip C. Hopewell, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Priya B. Shete, MD, MPH San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Richard N. Van Zyl Smit, MBChB, PhD, ATSF Cape Town, western Cape, South Africa
Committee Member - MECOR Steering Committee Chair Shannon S. Carson, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member Stephan Schwander, MD, PhD Piscataway, NJ
Committee Member Timothy E. West, MPH, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member William Checkley, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Staff Cristina Braz New York, NY
Staff Benjamin Lesiak New York, NY

The International Health Committee develops strategies to promote the global mission of the ATS to improve the health of patients worldwide with pulmonary and sleep‐related conditions and critical illnesses. It recommends to the Board policies, guidelines, and programs that promote lung health worldwide as well as enhance care of the critically ill and those with sleep disorders worldwide. The Committee coordinates and facilitates the interactions of the Society with professional organizations based outside of the United States. It also provides oversight for programs and partnerships co‐ sponsored or endorsed by the ATS but initiated or managed by international, governmental, and non‐ governmental organizations and agencies. The Committee also advises the Executive Committee regarding participation of ATS officers in programs sponsored by international organizations and works in collaboration with the Research Advocacy Committee to advocate for international research funding. It will review, revise and implement an annual plan for the promotion of the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health that describes the activities and programs to achieve the aims of the Society in global health.

Benchmarks 2020-2021:
1. Review, revise and implement the annual plan for the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health.
2. Provide oversight of the ATS MECOR program and the implementation of MECOR 2.0 with input from the MECOR Steering Committee, including development of metrics to evaluate progress.
3. Collaborate with the Scientific Advisory Committee on the MECOR research award program.
4. Collaborate with the Membership Committee and Planning and Evaluation Committee to develop strategies aimed at increasing the relevance of the society to its international members including their engagement and active participation in society’s activities.
5. Continue to organize and implement the ATS International Scholarship Program and the MECOR Scholarship Program.
6. Organize and host the annual International Scholars Colloquium, in collaboration with the Membership Committee and the Members In Transition and Training Committee.
7. Collaborate with the Task Force on International Activities to review the scope of international activities of the ATS and make recommendations for a 5-year strategic plan for international activities for the society.
8. Continue to enhance regular ongoing communications between the IHC members to enable implementation of the IHC goals and tasks.