Membership Committee

Chair Clement L. Ren, MD, MBA, ATSF Philadelphia, PA
Vice Chair Meshell Johnson, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Alexandra Noel, PhD, MSc, BSc Baton Rouge, LA
Committee Member Brittany D. Bissell, PharmD, PhD Waynesburg, KY
Committee Member Carolyn Magee Bell, PharmD CHARLESTON, SC
Committee Member Esther Barreiro, MD, PhD Barcelona, CATALONIA, Spain
Committee Member Eylem Acartürk Tunçay, MD ıstanbul, marmara bölgesi, Turkey
Committee Member Haala Rokadia, MD Houston, TX
Committee Member Kymberly M. Gowdy, BS, MS, PhD Columbus, OH
Committee Member Lee J. Quinton, PhD Worcester, MA
Committee Member Marcus H. Jones, MD, PhD, ATSF Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil
Committee Member Ni-Cheng Liang, MD Encinitas, CA
Committee Member Nilam S. Mangalmurti, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Rosemary Adamson, MBBS, ATSF Seattle, WA
Committee Member Sandeep Sahay, MD Houston, TX
Committee Member Seppo Rinne, MD, PhD Boston, MA
Committee Member Sushmita Pamidi Montreal, QC, Canada
Staff Jennifer Collin New York, NY

The Membership Committee provides strategic guidance to retain and grow an actively engaged membership with the requisite knowledge, skills, abilities, and values to fulfill the Society’s mission and goals. It annually reviews membership criteria, categories and dues. The Committee also serves as a resource for staff to review issues that arise with applications for membership. It recommends to the Board strategies for growing membership and retaining current members. Finally, the Committee fosters the efforts of members to eliminate gender, racial, ethnic, or economic health disparities worldwide and incorporates approaches to health equiity. The Membership Committee continuously evaluates the value of membership and promotes ATS membership benefits.

Benchmarks, 2021-2022:
• Continue the annual ATS Fellow designation program as a mark of distinction and recognition within the Society. Continually review the program for how it can add value to ATS membership, and refine the process for ATSF designation for international members.
• Organize and host the annual Diversity and Women’s Forums, and related awards programs (on-going) geared to promote career planning, networking among women and minority members and to recognize exceptional achievements; develop a concept for a year-round women and diversity in medicine initiative in conjunction with other groups within ATS;
• Collaborate with the International Health 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.
• Collaborate with the Health Equity and Diversity Committee to identify barriers to recruitment and retention of members that will increase the diversity of ATS membership and develop potential solutions to overcome these barriers. Collaborate with HEDC to obtain better demographic data on ATS membership.
• Collaborate with the MITT Committee on strategies to increase the value of ATS membership and improve retention among new members, members in training, and members transitioning to faculty, including the development of online career development resources. Work with MITT and HEDC to promote ATS membership to underrepresented minorities.
• Address wellness and burnout among ATS members through education, promotion of research, and initiation of organizational change efforts for the greater pulmonary, sleep, and critical care community. Submit a project proposal for a workshop on wellness at the 2021 ATS International Conference.
• In collaboration with Planning and Evaluation Committee and the Members in Transition and Training Committee, evaluate the Society’s opportunities for early and mid-career professionals to better understand their educational and career needs. Conduct a gap analysis of the available programs and recommend any needed adjustments and proposed outcomes.