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May 7, 2001

Penn Physician Receives Prestigious American Lung Association Award

The Trudeau Medal is given annually by the American Thoracic Society for important contributions to the prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

(Philadelphia, PA) -- Alfred P. Fishman, MD, professor emeritus of medicine and senior associate dean for program development at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has been named recipient of the prestigious Trudeau Medal, the highest award offered by the American Thoracic Society, a branch of the American Lung Association. The award recognizes Fishman's excellence in original research on the lungs, the control of breathing in health and disease, and on normal and abnormal pulmonary circulation.

This research has led to dramatic advances in the understanding and treatment of related pulmonary diseases, such as tuberculosis. It will be presented on May 20, 2001, by Dr. Claude Lenfant, Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Internationally recognized as an expert in pulmonary diseases, Fishman's research also includes the study of the heart and kidneys, and the interplay of these organs with the lungs. He has received the 'Gold Heart Award' from the American Heart Association for his work in this field. For his research on the kidneys -- which led to the use of renal dialysis for kidney failure -- he was awarded the A.N. Richards Distinguished Achievement Award bestowed by the University of Pennsylvania. As an educator, he has trained numerous stellar researchers and clinicians in contemporary pulmonary research and medicine: these former students now practice throughout the United States.

Fishman's scientific contributions have been honored by memberships in numerous distinguished clinical and scientific societies, councils, positions on many editorial boards, and by his receipt of various awards. A prolific writer, he has published over 300 original scientific papers. His textbook, Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders, is widely regarded by his peers as a classic. In addition to his other activities, Fishman
is a past president of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He currently serves as the chairman of the steering committee of the National Emphysema Treatment Trial, sponsored jointly by the National Institutes of Health and the Health Care Finance Administration.

The Trudeau Award honors Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, who, in 1904, served as the first president of the American Lung Association. Dr. Trudeau was among the first to recognize tuberculosis as a contagious bacterial disease and to use laboratory methods to identify its presence. In 1924, a committee on research at the National Tuberculosis Association recommended recognizing individuals who made major contributions to research and clinical medicine methods in identifying the presence of the disease. Thus, the Trudeau Medal was created as both an expression of peer recognition and a tribute to Dr. Trudeau.


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