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Proficiency Standards for Pulmonary Function Laboratories Committee

Chair David A. Kaminsky, MD Burlington, VT
Vice Chair Meredith C. McCormack, MHS, MD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Igor Barjaktarevic, MD, PhD Los Angeles, CA
Committee Member Nirav R. Bhakta, MD, PhD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Adam Cole, MD Georgetown, KY
Committee Member Brian L. Graham, PhD Saskatoon, SK, Canada
Committee Member Teal S. Hallstrand, MD, MPH, ATSF Seattle, WA
Committee Member John L. Hankinson, PhD Winterville, GA
Committee Member Neil R. MacIntyre, MD Durham, NC
Committee Member Kevin McCarthy Matthews, NC
Committee Member Margaret Rosenfeld, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Sanja Stanojevic, PhD Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Erik R. Swenson, MD Seattle, WA
Committee Member Daniel J. Weiner, MD, ATSF Pittsburgh, PA
Staff Barbara Horner New York, NY

The Proficiency Standards Committee develops proficiency standards for pulmonary function and blood gas laboratories and develops strategies to promote adherence to ATS standards. This committee serves as a resource for the ATS staff concerning issues related to pulmonary function and blood gas testing.

Benchmarks, 2019-2020:
1. Finalize updated document on Spirometry Technical Standards with ERS
2. Update Interpretation of Pulmonary Function Testing technical standard document, which has been approved by ATS/ERS and has a working committee
3. Begin planning for update of Lung Volumes technical standard document
4. Support initiative to integrate PFT data into electronic medical record
5. Continue annual work on education in pulmonary function testing through submission of postgraduate course proposals and participation in the Clinicians Center Learning Lab at the ATS annual meeting
6. Continue to support ATS initiative for Pulmonary Function Laboratory Accreditation Program
7. Promote the PFT Lab Registry and ATS Pulmonary Function Laboratory Manual to enhance education and quality testing
8. Collaborate with the Patient and Family Education Committee to reach out to patients and family to provide input on patient-centered pulmonary function testing.