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The acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a common but severe condition that can occur as a result of many illnesses or injuries. The condition involves injury to the lungs that results in low oxygen levels and breathing failure. Almost 200,000 patients in the U.S. experience ARDS, and up to 75,000 patients die as a result of the condition. Many days of hospitalization, including days in the intensive care unit, are required for the care of patients with ARDS. Members of the American Thoracic Society (ATS) are dedicated to conducting research to improve care for patients with ARDS. The ATS provides research funds to investigators and provides a forum to share new research ideas among investigators. The ATS also educates physicians, nurses, therapists, and patients about the best available treatments and how to make sure those treatments are provided to all patients who need them.

Shannon Carson, MD 

Shannon Carson, MD
Chair, Critical Care Assembly
American Thoracic Society
Member, ATS Board of Directors

Eileen Rubin, JD

Eileen Rubin, JD
ARDS Foundation
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable

ATS ARDS Partner


The ARDS Foundation is a national not-for-profit organization of individuals who have been personally affected by ARDS (acute respiratory distress syndrome). Its mission is to raise awareness, increase education, and assist in funding medical research while providing a forum for all of those in the ARDS community.