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Scientific Advisory Committee

Chair Karen M. Ridge, PhD Chicago, IL
Vice Chair Kamran Atabai, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Veena B. Antony, MD Birmingham, AL
Committee Member Wei Chen, PhD Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member Eileen G. Collins, PhD, ATSF Chicago, IL
Committee Member Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, ATSF San Diego, CA
Committee Member Juan P. De Torres, MD Kingston, ON, Canada
Committee Member Charles Dela Cruz, MD, PhD, ATSF Hamden, CT
Committee Member Erick Forno, MD, MPH, ATSF Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member Andrew J. Goodwin, MD, MSCR Charleston, SC
Committee Member Kymberly M. Gowdy, BS, MS, PhD Columbus, OH
Committee Member Brian B. Graham, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Steven M. Kawut, MD, MS, ATSF Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Janet Lee, MD, ATSF Pittsburgh, PA
Committee Member Diane C. Lim, MD Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Ulysses J. Magalang, MD Columbus, OH
Committee Member Gustavo R. Nino, MD Washington, DC
Committee Member Elizabeth F. Redente, PhD Denver, CO
Committee Member Patricia J. Sime, MD, FRCP Richmond, VA
Committee Member Peter H. Sporn, MD, ATSF Chicago, IL
Committee Member Rubin M. Tuder, MD Aurora, CO
Committee Member Corey E. Ventetuolo, MD, MSCR Providence, RI
Committee Member Robert A. Winn, PhD Chicago, IL
Staff Erin Marie Nebel New York, NY
Staff Stephen Altobelli New York, NY

The Scientific Advisory Committee provides strategic guidance for the Society’s research programs and scientific policies and is primarily responsible for the direct oversight for the process of reviewing grants applications to the ATS Foundation Research Program. The Committee provides oversight for the ATS Foundation Research Program and works with the ATS Foundation and ATS staff on identifying additional extramural sources of funding. It recommends policies to the Board that would further the Society’s science and research mission and objectives, including scientific areas in need of research, and develops collaborations with other societies and organizations to further research in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine with an interest in proposals that advance health equality. The Committee determines the number of Scientific Review Groups and the number of members of each Scientific Review Group needed to provide scientific review for the different grant programs. It also identifies the chair and members of the ATS Scientific Review Groups. Additionally, it determines the process and develops application forms, criteria and guidelines for the various grant opportunities. Oversees the work of the different review groups and selects grants for funding.

Benchmarks, 2020-2021:
• Implementation of strategies to reduce implicit bias of reviewers during scoring and study section discussion
• Promotion of the research program through educational opportunities, especially at the International Conference
• Guidance and support of applicants through specific and constructive feedback on proposals.
• Include two junior reviewers to participate in study section and act as liaison with the MITT committee.