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Dr. Dean Schraufnagel

Professor of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Dean Schraufnagel is a Professor of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and completed his Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal. He has been President of the American Thoracic Society, Vice President of the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), and President and later Executive Director of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies. He served on the Board of Directors of the American Lung Association and the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association. He is an honorary member of The Union and the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology. He was a founding member of the International Tuberculosis Foundation and served as its President for six years.

Dr. Schraufnagel has conducted basic and clinical research and has authored more than 200 peer-reviewed works, edited four books, and was Senior Deputy Editor of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. He has been a strong advocate for respiratory health with the U.S. Congress and World Health Organization and has spoken out for clean air, tobacco control, tuberculosis eradication, respiratory health in the workplace, and universal health care.

In addition to clinical medicine and research, he was extensively involved in education and training and has championed promoting global respiratory health, especially for underserved people. Articles include: “Communicating with Congress,” “The Global Burden of Respiratory Disease,” “The Influence of Social and Economic Conditions on Respiratory Health,” “An American Thoracic Society/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Workshop Report: Addressing Respiratory Health Equality in the United States,” “Health Effects of Ultrafine Particles,” “Health Benefits of Air Pollution Reduction,” “Electronic Cigarettes: A Position Statement of the Forum of International Respiratory Societies,” “Social and Economic Factors Contributing to Respiratory Health Disparities,” “Is Healthcare a Human Right? Yes,” “Climate Change and Respiratory Infections,” and “Air Pollution and Non-Communicable Diseases.”