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Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit

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2015 Research Program Benefit Will Honor Marvin Schwarz, MD

Marvin Schwarz, MD, is a legend in pulmonary medicine, particularly in the field of pulmonary fibrosis.

His level of expertise has led many fellows and seasoned clinicians to try (usually unsuccessfully) to “Stump Marvin Schwarz” with a difficult case at the ATS Fellows Case Conference.

There is another dimension to Dr. Schwarz’s immense contributions to respiratory medicine that is less well known. He is a dedicated philanthropist to the Research Program, for which he will receive the 2015 Breathing for Life Award in Denver.

Grateful for the dedicated mentorship he received under Morton Ziskind, MD, at Tulane University, Dr. Schwarz has paid it forward, mentoring over 150 physicians and scientists, including Talmadge King, Jr., MD, the 2012 Breathing for Life awardee.

“Marvin’s commitment to better understanding of the causes and treatment of interstitial lung disease has been without peer,” says Dr. King. “In addition, he spawned a generation of others’ interests in the disease.”

Marvin Schwarz

Marvin Schwarz, MD

Dr. Schwarz oversaw the Fellowship Program of the Pulmonary Sciences and Critical Care Medicine Division at the University of Colorado Medical Center and also served as head of the division. Although he stepped down as division director several years ago, he hasn’t hung up his lab coat! At age 75, he remains committed to his research.

Dr. Schwarz truly believes in the ATS Foundation’s mission of fostering the career development of young investigators.

“The Research Program is vitally important, offering seed funding to junior investigators encouraging them to pursue careers in lung research,” says Dr. Schwarz. “Without a steady pipeline of investigators leading the way, research will stall and patients will suffer.”

The Breathing for Life Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions in the field of respiratory medicine through their scientific accomplishments and personal philanthropy.

We look forward to celebrating Dr. Schwarz on Saturday, May 16, at the Research Program Benefit during the ATS 2015 International Conference.


The annual benefit is a festive way to bring together the best and brightest in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in support of the ATS Foundation Research Program. You can check out photos from the Sixth Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit here.

The ATS supports the ATS Foundation’s administrative expenses, assuring that every dollar contributed goes directly to support programs. 

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