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International Health Committee

Chair David M. Lewinsohn, MD, PhD Portland, OR
Vice Chair Samya Z. Nasr, MD Ann Arbor, MI
Committee Member Neill Adhikari, MD, CM, MSc Toronto, ON, Canada
Committee Member Erlina Burhan, MD Jakarta Timur, Jakarta, Indonesia
Committee Member - MECOR Steering Committee Chair Shannon S. Carson, MD Chapel Hill, NC
Committee Member William Checkley, MD, PhD Baltimore, MD
Committee Member Juliana C. Ferreira, MD, PhD Sao Paulo, SP, Brazil
Committee Member Allyn L. Harris, MD Jackson, MS
Committee Member Philip C. Hopewell, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Enrico Lombardi, MD Florence, Italy
Committee Member Obianuju B. Ozoh, MBBS Lagos, Nigeria
Committee Member Grace R. Paul Columbus, OH
Committee Member Elisabeth D. Riviello, MD, MPH Brookline, MA
Committee Member - CCR Representative Ruxana T. Sadikot, MD, MRCP(UK), ATSF Decatur, GA
Committee Member Priya B. Shete, MD San Francisco, CA
Committee Member Richard N. Van Zyl Smit, MBChB, PhD Cape Town, South Africa
Committee Member Timothy E. West, MPH, MD Seattle, WA
Staff Cristina Braz New York, NY
Staff Karen J. Collishaw New York, NY
Staff Christopher L. Hughes Washington, DC
Staff Nicola Black New York, NY

The International Health Committee develops strategies to promote the global mission of the ATS to improve the health of patients worldwide with pulmonary and sleep?related conditions and critical illnesses. It recommends to the Board policies, guidelines, and programs that promote lung health worldwide as well as enhance care of the critically ill and those with sleep disorders worldwide. The Committee coordinates and facilitates the interactions of the Society with professional organizations based outside of the United States. It also provides oversight for programs and partnerships co? sponsored or endorsed by the ATS but initiated or managed by international, governmental, and non? governmental organizations and agencies. The Committee also advises the Executive Committee regarding participation of ATS officers in programs sponsored by international organizations and works in collaboration with the Research Advocacy Committee to advocate for international research funding. It will review, revise and implement an annual plan for the promotion of the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health that describes the activities and programs to achieve the aims of the Society in global health.

Benchmarks 2019-2020:
1. Review, revise and implement the annual plan for the Society’s Strategic Directions for Global Health.
1.1. Provide oversight of the ATS MECOR program and the implementation of MECOR 2.0 with input from the MECOR Steering Committee, including development of metrics to evaluate progress.
1.2. Collaborate with the Scientific Advisory Committee on the MECOR research award program.
1.3Collaborate with the Membership Committee and Planning and Evaluation Committee to develop strategies aimed at increasing the relevance of the society to its international members including their engagement and active participation in society’s activities.
1.3.1. Continue to organize and implement the ATS International Scholarship Program and the MECOR Scholarship Program.
1.3.2. Organize and host the annual International Scholars Colloquium, in collaboration with the membership committee and the MITT committee

Collaborate with the Task Force on International Activities to review the scope of international activities of the ATS and make recommendations for a 5-year strategic plan for international activities for the society.