Donohue honored with Presidential Commendation from American Thoracic Society

James F. Donohue, MD, professor of medicine in the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine, was recently recognized with a Presidential Commendation from the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Donohue received the commendation in May at the organization’s international conference held in Denver.

Donohue honored with Presidential Commendation from American Thoracic Society click to enlarge James Donohue, MD

Donohue currently serves as the chair of the ATS Foundation’s Board of Directors, working to secure funding for young researchers across the country.

“Over the past several years, money for researchers – especially young researchers – has dried up substantially and we took up the challenge of trying to raise that money independently,” Donohue said. “I hope we have done our part to help bridge the gap.”

Last year, funding was secured to support the work of 29 researchers, 25 in the United States and four international projects. Donohue is currently in the fifth year of a six year term and points out that fundraising has increased each year of his tenure.

In his remarks, ATS president Tom Ferkol, MD, cited Donohue’s “outstanding contributions and skillful leadership.”

Donohue, who joined the UNC SOM faculty in 1976, serving as chief of the division of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine from 2002 – 2011, said his commitment to providing support to young researchers reflects the support he received early in his career at Carolina.

“UNC is doing great things for people across the field,” Donohue said. “That’s just the way things are done here. A lot of people did great things for me when I was a young doctor and so I’m happy to do my part to give back.”

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