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Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Awardees

2022 Awardee

The Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award is named in honor of Morton Ziskind, MD, a highly respected clinician and researcher from Tulane University who died in 1979. Dr. Ziskind, a long-time ATS member, was known for nurturing fellows and helping them become outstanding clinicians and clinical researchers. Learn more about the award.

The ATS is pleased to recognize Richard Zou, MD as the recipient of the 2022 Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award

Richard M. Zou, MD

Richard Zou, MD is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and a MS candidate in the Clinical Research Program (Comparative Effectiveness Track) at the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Clinical Research Education.

His clinical research focuses on understanding risk factors and mechanisms of muscle loss and frailty in COPD. He was recently awarded an F32 Individual Postdoctoral Fellowship to identify clinical and molecular phenotypes associated with rapid muscle mass decline and to provide mechanistic insight into the natural history of muscle loss in smokers. 


Past Receipients:

2021 Awardee: Justin K. Lui, MD  

Justin K. Lui, MD

Justin K. Lui, MD, is a fellow in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Boston University School of Medicine and a MS candidate in the Applied Biostatistics Program at Boston University School of Public Health.

His research focuses on clinical outcomes in patients with systemic sclerosis-related pulmonary hypertension. “Upon completion of my mentored research, I look forward to becoming an independent investigator as I develop both clinical and research expertise in the care of patients with pulmonary hypertension.”

2020 Awardee: Bruno Ferreyro, MD  

Bruno Ferreyro, MD

Bruno Ferreyro, MD is a Fellow in the Oncologic Critical Care Program at the University Health Network/Sinai Health System and a PhD candidate at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Canada.

Both his clinical and research interests relate to the care of critically ill immunocompromised patients. “During my PhD training I will describe the epidemiology patterns and outcomes of critical illness in patients with hematologic malignancies… Overall, this research will answer key knowledge gaps in the intersection of malignant hematology and critical care medicine with direct translation to patient-centered outcomes.”

2019 Awardees: Ashraf Fawzy, MD, MPH, Kelly M. Pennington, MD, and Andrew J. Synn, MD  

Ashraf Fawzy

Ashraf Fawzy, MD, MPH, is a clinical fellow in the division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Johns Hopkins University. His research is focuses on clinical outcomes in obstructive lung disease.

Kelly Pennington

Kelly M. Pennington, MD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic Rochester, where she is a Kern Scholar in the Center for the Science of Health Care Delivery. Her research is focused on preventing fungal infections in lung transplant recipients.

Andrew Synn

Andrew Synn, MD, is a fellow in the Harvard Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship Program based at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. His research focuses on the use of computed tomographic imaging to identify abnormal pulmonary vascular changes that occur in the setting of chronic lung disease.

2018 Awardees: Takashi Hirama, MD, PhD, William Parker, MD, and Gwen Thompson, MD, MPH  

Takashi Hirama

Takashi Hirama, MD, PhD, is a clinical fellow in the Division of Respirology at University of Toronto, where he has been dedicated to the management of patients with pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacteria at Toronto Western Hospital and delivering comprehensive care for lung transplant recipients at Toronto General Hospital.  His research investigates the molecular and cellular biology of respiratory tract infections focused on nontuberculous mycobacteria, in different populations including transplant recipients.

William Parker

William Parker, MD, is a fellow in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care and MacLean Center for Clinical Ethics at the University of Chicago. His research focuses on critical care ethics, thoracic organ transplantation, and the allocation of scarce medical resources.

Gwen Thompson

Gwen Thompson, MD, MPH, is completing her fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. Her research focuses on ANCA-associated vasculitis and she is involved in both clinical and basic science research. Her clinical research investigates vasculitis manifestations and predictors of relapse. Her basic science research focuses on epitope recognition of proteinase 3 by ANCA.

2017 Awardees: Erin DeMartino, MD, and Jatinder Juss, MD, PhD  

Erin Sullivan

Erin DeMartino, MD, is completing her fellowship in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic and is also a graduate of the clinical medical ethics fellowship at the MacLean Center at the University of Chicago.  Her research focuses on surrogate decision making, improving advance care planning and examining the ethical intricacies of life-sustaining technologies.    

Jatinder Juss

Jatinder Juss, MD, PhD, is a fellow at St Michael’s Hospital in the Division of Critical Care Medicine, University of Toronto. Her translational research in infection, immunology and inflammation were ignited during her PhD at the University of Cambridge. Her research focuses on delineating the key mechanisms underpinning immune cell dysfunction in critically ill patients with sepsis and ARDS. Her aim is to identify patient-specific risk factors, specific molecular subtypes, and potentially, distinct therapeutic response profiles that will enable personalized medicine in the ICU.

2016 Awardees: Rachel Putman, MD, and Michael E. Wilson, MD  

Rachel Putman

Rachel Putman, MD, is a fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where her research focuses on early interstitial lung disease. She hopes to demonstrate that specific sets of imaging abnormalities represent an early stage of pulmonary fibrosis, and that better understanding of these changes will lead to advances in secondary prevention of this disease.

Michael E. Wilson

Michael E. Wilson, MD, is a fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. His research focuses on improving decision making, individualized prognostication, and the delivery of quality palliative care for patients and their families in the hospital and intensive care unit.

2015 Awardees: Ann C. Long, MD, MS, and Bhakti Patel, MD  

Ann C. Long

Ann C. Long, MD, MS, is a senior fellow in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington. Her research interests include identification of patient populations at high risk for poor quality palliative care as well as the development and implementation of interventions to enhance the quality of palliative care provided to seriously ill, hospitalized adults.

Bhakti Patel

Bhakti Patel, MD, is a pulmonary and critical care fellow at the University of Chicago. Her recent paper entitled “Impact of Early Mobilization on Glycemic Control and ICU-Acquired Weakness in Mechanical Ventilated Critically Ill Patients” generated great interest in the Critical Care Community and is currently working on research detailing the impact of ICU mobility on long term outcomes in survivors.

2014 Awardee: Michelle Biehl, MD  

Michelle Biehl

Michelle Biehl, MD has been named the first Ziskind Clinical Research Scholar Award winner. Dr. Biehl recently completed her fellowship at the Mayo Clinic and continues her critical care work at Sanford Health, University of South Dakota Medical Center. The focus of her research is long-term outcomes of critical care survivors.