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No. 2, 2012

DR. LEE REICHMAN RECEIVES 2012 WORLD LUNG HEALTH AWARD

Lee Reichman, MD, MPHLee Reichman, MD, MPH, was awarded the 2012 World Lung Health Award by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) at the 2012 ATS International Conference, which was held in San Francisco. The ATS International Conference is an important venue for recognizing individuals who are leaders in the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine for their extraordinary contributions to and achievements in lung disease research, treatment, and prevention. Dr. Reichman was one of seven individuals honored on May 20, 2012, during the ATS International Conference awards session.

The World Lung Health Award is presented to individuals with recognized contributions to world lung health in the area of basic or clinical research, delivery of healthcare, continuing education or care of patients with lung disease.

Dr. Reichman currently serves as the founding Executive Director of the Global Tuberculosis Institute at the New Jersey Medical School. He is also a Professor of Medicine and Professor of Preventive Medicine and Community Health at the same institution.

Dr. Reichman is a globally recognized TB medical and public health leader. He is a longtime member of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (past vice-Chair of the Executive Committee), Stop TB USA (former Chair), and the ATS (honorary lifetime member). He is widely published in professional journals, and has written over 200 original journal articles and books.

Early on, Dr. Reichman advocated for the establishment of TB centers of excellence to help health departments and providers fight TB and MDR TB through enhanced education, training, and research activities. This concept was a forerunner of the CDC-funded Model TB Centers, and now Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCCs). The RTMCCs are considered valuable TB control partners, ensuring that health care workers are properly trained in diagnosing and treating TB as well as ensuring clinicians’ access to expert medical consultation for the treatment and care of TB patients.

He has served as President of the American Lung Association. He serves as the American College of Chest Physician’s representative to CDC’s Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis. He has also been detailed to the Global WHO Stop TB Partnership and was a charter member of their Advocacy Advisory Committee. Dr. Reichman has received numerous other awards, not the least of which include being named an Honorary Public Health Advisor in 2010 by the Watsonian Society for his support of PHAs, and the National TB Controllers’ Association (NTCA) 2011 William Stead Clinician Award at last year’s national TB workshop.

Dr. Reichman graduated from Oberlin College, received his MD degree from New York University, and received an MPH degree from Johns Hopkins University. He was the Director of the Bureau of Tuberculosis Control in the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene from 1971 to 1973 and the Director of the Pulmonary Division of the NJ Medical School - Newark from 1974 to 1993.

DTBE congratulates Dr. Reichman for this richly deserved award!

—Reported by Staff of the Communications, Education, and Behavioral Studies Branch
Div of TB Elimination

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