Membership Committee

Chair Meshell Johnson, MD San Francisco, CA
Vice Chair Alexandra Noel, PhD, MSc, BSc Baton Rouge, LA
Committee Member Anne I. Sperling, PhD, ATSF Charlottesville, VA
Committee Member Brittany D. Bissell, PharmD, PhD Waynesburg, KY
Committee Member Carolyn Magee Bell, PharmD CHARLESTON, SC
Committee Member Christian Bime, MD, MSc Tucson, AZ
Committee Member Eileen G. Collins, PhD, ATSF Chicago, IL
Committee Member Enrico Lombardi, MD Florence, Florence, Italy
Committee Member Eylem Acartürk Tunçay, MD ıstanbul, marmara bölgesi, Turkey
Committee Member Francesca C. Duncan, MD, MS Indianapolis, IN
Committee Member Haala Rokadia, MD Houston, TX
Committee Member Jennifer W. Mccallister, MD, ATSF Columbus, OH
Committee Member John R. Balmes, MD, ATSF San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Kymberly M. Gowdy, BS, MS, PhD Columbus, OH
Committee Member Molly L. Osborne, MD, PhD, ATSF Portland, OR
Committee Member Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP, FACP, ATSF Richmond, VA
Committee Member Rachel Thomson, MBBS, PhD, FRACP GREENSLOPES, QUEENSLAND, Australia
Committee Member Robert C. Hyzy, MD, ATSF Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Sande O. Okelo, MD, PhD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Sandeep Sahay, MD, ATSF Houston, TX
Committee Member - PAR Representative Steve S. Park LAKEWOOD, CO
Committee Member Sushma K. Cribbs, MD, MSCR, ATSF Decatur, GA
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 equity. The Membership Committee continuously evaluates the value of membership and promotes ATS membership benefits.

Benchmarks, 2023-2024:
• 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. Look for ways to elevate the status of the designation for Mid-Career Professionals. Look into ways to highlight and celebrate the designation during conference; e.g. - highlight number of years with 'gold', 'silver', 'bronze' designations;
• 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. Highlight women presidents of respiratory societies at conference;
• Collaborate with the International Health 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 Health Equity and Diversity Committee to obtain better demographic data on ATS membership.
• Collaborate with the Learning Council 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 Learning Council and Health Equity and Diversity Committee 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 2023 ATS International Conference.
• In collaboration with the Learning Council, to 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.
• Nominate a diverse slate of candidates for ATS Respiratory Health Awards.
• This committee is responsible for reviewing content it has previously posted to the ATS website to determine if it should be updated and moved to the new site or archived/deleted. Using parameters established by the ATS Digital Content Committee as a guideline, committee members will make necessary modifications to ensure the content is accurate and conforms with established ATS standards. Reviews are to be completed by December 1, 2023.