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With Research Cutbacks, Clinicians Need to Step Up

Humam Farah

Humam Farah, MD

For Humam Farah, MD, a physician in private practice, the reasons to contribute to the ATS Foundation’s Research Program range from the personal to the global.

“A member of my family may need help, and the only way to advance medicine is to advance research,” says Dr. Farah, who graduated from medical school in Jordan before training in pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine in the United States. “The U.S. is seen around the world as the leader in health care innovation.”

A specialist in alpha one deficiency and interstitial lung disease, Dr. Farah participates in clinical trials and partners with basic scientists in exploring disease mechanisms. He spends the majority of his workday in the Hannibal Clinic in Missouri, though, seeing patients.

“As clinicians, we can’t be detached from the cutbacks occurring in research funding,” he says. “We have a responsibility—to our patients, communities, nation, and the world—to make sure the U.S. remains a medical leader.”

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