06 February 2017

Usha Raj runs for Secretary Treasurer of the ATS

The PVRI would like to warmly congratulate Usha for her achievement of becoming just one of two nominees for the ATS Secretary Treasurer. Usha has been a long standing member of the PVRI, attending many of our meetings and being a prolific speaker. We would like to encourage all of our ATS/PVRI joint community members to vote in the election. Voting will open on 1 March 2017.

A word from Usha

Usha Raj

Biography, experience and qualifications

I am the Anjuli S. Nayak Endowed Professor of Pediatrics and Neonatology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Previously I was the Head of the Department of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital at UIC and prior to that Chief of Neonatology and Co-Director of the Perinatal Research Center at Harbor-UCLA. After a pediatric residency at the University of Bombay, India, I completed a clinical fellowship in Neonatology at Tulane University, followed by a research fellowship at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, University of California, San Francisco. I joined the faculty at UCSF in 1982 and moved to UCLA in 1984. 

My research in studying the pathogenesis of pulmonary hypertension has been funded by the NHLBI for 31 years. My research has been recognized by the ATS with the Recognition Award for Scientific Accomplishment, the Elizabeth Rich Award, and the Distinguished Achievement Award. I was honored by the American Physiological Society with the Julius H. Comroe Jr. Distinguished Lectureship, the highest recognition from its Respiration Section.  My success in research is in large part due to many outstanding ATS fellows and young faculty who have worked with me.  My research has been a team effort, similar to the way I would like to provide leadership for ATS. I believe it is important to study the continuum of disease, from fetal origins, progression through childhood and the full expression of disease in the adult and aging lung. I have a strong interest in reducing disparity in health in the U.S. and in education and mentoring, particularly of women and members of the under-represented minorities.

A word from Jason Yuan, Pulmonary Circulation Editor in Chief

Dear all,

I offer my strong endorsement to J. Usha Raj, MD, who is running for Secretary-Treasurer of the American Thoracic Society (a position that leads to the President of the ATS). She is a leader in the field of pulmonary circulation and is an excellent choice to be the next Secretary-Treasurer of ATS.

Dr. Raj is a pediatrician, neonatologist and physician-scientist with an impressive academic career as an internationally recognized scientist  in the research areas of pulmonary vascular biology and pulmonary hypertension, and an educator. She has also been a strong advocate for pulmonary research, for bridging the gap in pediatrics and for serving the underserved, and for women in academic medicine.

It is critical that the candidate who leads ATS into the future is also a leader in the pulmonary circulation field. Her research focus is on developmental pulmonary vascular biology and her laboratory has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health for over 30 years. Dr. Raj has published in Pulmonary Circulation since its first year. In addition, she has been a tireless reviewer for the journal and founding member of the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute.

Dr. Raj has been an ATS member for 34 years, she served on numerous committees during that time and she understands the inner workings of ATS. Her experience from past leadership positions and proven record of hard work and achievement of goals, combined with her passion for advancing the missions of the ATS, make her the most qualified person to serve as Secretary-Treasurer and ATS President.

Jason X.-J. Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Pulmonary Circulation

Professor of Medicine
Associate Vice President for Translational Health Sciences
The University of Arizona
Roy P. Drachman Hall (P.O. Box 210202)
1295 North Martin Avenue

Tucson, AZ 85721-0202
Tel: (520)621-0606
Email: jasonyuan@email.arizona.edu

Vision for the ATS

My vision for the ATS is to achieve its goal of eradicating lung disease from the U.S. and the world. My top goals for the ATS are first to increase support for research by actively raising funds for the ATS Foundation; second, to increase ATS membership with greater diversity in its membership and to facilitate greater engagement among its various constituents, third to emphasize the importance of pediatrics in the ATS mission, fourth to increase opportunities for women in ATS to assume leadership positions, and fifth to expand the global reach of the ATS so that we can fulfill our mission as a truly international Society and eventually eradicate lung disease both in the U.S. and the world.

I am running for Secretary-Treasurer of the American Thoracic Society ATS (a position that leads to President of the ATS) and I would be very grateful if you would view the 3 minute video (link above) in which I try to articulate as clearly as I can why I should be your next ATS President. As you know, I am a pediatrician and neonatologist and my career as a clinician, a researcher in pulmonary vascular biology and pulmonary hypertension, an educator, and in advocacy (for pulmonary research, for bridging the gap in pediatrics and for serving the underserved, and for women in academic medicine), has paralleled all the missions of the American Thoracic Society. My longstanding relationship with ATS (member for 34 years), understanding of the ATS (numerous committee activities), my experience from past leadership positions and proven record of hard work and achievement of goals, and my passion for advancing the missions of the ATS make me very qualified to serve as Secretary-Treasurer and ATS President. I hope that you will vote for me. I promise that I will serve you and ATS to the best of my abilities and you will not be disappointed! Vote on the ATS Website from March 1-24. Sincerely Usha P.S. If you feel that you can support me further by spreading the word about me and encouraging others to vote, please forward this information to your colleagues. I would appreciate it immensely!
J. Usha Raj, M.D. Anjuli S. Nayak Professor of Pediatrics, University of Illinois at Chicago

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