Ad Hoc Task Force on International Conference Venues

Chair Polly E. Parsons, MD, ATSF Williston, VT
Committee Member Alana Clemens - Saliba Bridgewater, NJ
Committee Member Basak Coruh, MD, MSc, ATSF, FCCP Seattle, WA
Committee Member Charles C. Hardin, MD, PhD, ATSF Boston, MA
Committee Member Charlotte Summers, MBBS, PhD Cambridge, CAMBS, United Kingdom
Committee Member Christopher F. Chesley, MD, MSCE Philadelphia, PA
Committee Member Dona J. Upson, MD, MA, ATSF Albuquerque, NM
Committee Member Erick Forno, MD, MPH, ATSF Indianapolis, IN
Committee Member Heidi M. Mansour, PhD, RPh Port St. Lucie, FL
Committee Member Isaretta L. Riley, MD, MPH Durham, NC
Committee Member James K. O'Brien, MD Denver, CO
Committee Member Jess Mandel, MD, FRCP, FACP, ATSF La Jolla, CA
Committee Member Kathleen O. Lindell, PhD, RN, ATSF Charleston, SC
Committee Member Sakshi Dua, MBBS, ATSF New York, NY
Committee Member Samya Z. Nasr, MD, ATSF Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Stuart C. Sweet, MD, PhD Saint Louis, MO
Committee Member Susan Sherman, BS, MHA Cincinnati, OH
Staff Diane Gern New York, NY
Staff Rachel Kaye

1) Determine if ATS 2026, 2032, 2034 (Orlando) and ATS 2027 (New Orleans) should proceed as currently contracted;

2) Recommend seeking input from the ATS Ethics and Conflict of Interest Committee (ECOI) to define which cities would be deemed unacceptable for the International Conference given the safety concerns of all of our members;

3) Based on the above and available information and best prediction,
a) explore the feasibility of pulling out of established contracts with special attention to logistics, whether other cities are available, costs and other potential liabilities, etc. (see list of considerations below) and
b) make recommendation to Board of Directors that clearly explains the consequences of canceling meetings without other options or alternative sources of revenue (by the end of August);

4) Longer term tasks--collaborate with the International Conference (IC) and Health Policy Committees to explore:
a) changes in meeting format to accommodate the need (e.g., meeting size, hybrid option, etc.) going forward, etc.
b) opportunities to advocate for desired changes in offensive state laws