In 2013, the ATS Foundation and the ATS Assembly on Pediatrics established the Robert B. Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award honoring Dr. Mellins’ legacy as a founder of pediatric pulmonology. The Mellins Award recognizes the scholarship and research achievement of an instructor, assistant professor, or early associate professor in the pediatric pulmonology field.
Lucas R. Hoffman, MD, PhD
Lucas R. Hoffman, MD, PhD, is an associate professor of pediatrics and microbiology at the University of Washington, Seattle, and Seattle Children’s Hospital. His laboratory uses both traditional and cutting-edge sequencing techniques to study how microbes cause or contribute to chronic lung diseases in children, including cystic fibrosis and idiopathic bronchiectasis.
Eric Austin, MD
Eric Austin, MD, is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and director of their Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program. To study why certain patients are susceptible to pulmonary arterial hypertension and others are not, Dr. Austin has assembled a team of physician-scientists and biomedical informatics experts to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies and methods to advance understanding of the genetic pathways that contribute to the pathogenesis of PAH.
Lisa Young, MD
Lisa Young, MD, associate professor of pediatrics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, is researching familial interstitial lung diseases and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Her research lab utilizes both laboratory-based and patient-oriented research approaches.
Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH
Robert Freishtat, MD, MPH, was the inaugural recipient of the Robert B. Mellins, MD, Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award. Dr. Freishtat serves as a clinician at the Children’s National Health System in Washington, DC; he also is the director of fellowship research for Children’s National Emergency Medicine.
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