January 2013 News

November 13, 2013

Colin Cooke Receives OSU Early Career Achievement Award

 The Early Career Achievement Award was presented to Colin R. Cooke, M.D., M.Sc., M.S. October 18, 2013 at OSU's All-Class Dinner and Awards Ceremony in Columbus, OH.  Dr. Cooke (left) was awarded this distinction by Charles J. Lockwood, M.D. (middle), Dean, Ohio State University College of Medicine and Steven Gabbe, M.D. (right), OSU Senior VP for Health Sciences.

This Ohio State Medical School's award is presented to an M.D. alumnus (M.D., 2000, OSU) who has made significant career contributions in the community or College service, scientific or academic achievement before the age of 40.  Standards for recognition include one or more of the following: 

  • Distinguished early career achievement
  • Demonstrated leadership capability
  • Commitment to the service of others
  • Potential for leadership/distinction in the long term
  • Substantial commitment to the College of Medicine, OSU Medical Center and its mission. 

We applaud Dr. Cooke's distinction at his alma mater, The Ohio State University.   We are proud of his faculty affiliation with the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and his continuing career growth at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

November 13, 2013

2013 Dean's Award for Medical School Community Service

Dean James Woolliscroft, M.D. distinguished Robert C. Hyzy, M.D., Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, as the recipient of the 2013 Medical School Community Service at the Dean's Awards' Ceremony. The Medical School recognizes exceptional accomplishments by faculty and staff in the areas of teaching, research, clinical care, community service and administration. The chosen individuals have contributed their ideas and creativity and actively participate in the implementation of the Medical School's plans. The award winners are open to new ideas, tolerant of risk, and willing to change. 

September 16, 2013

Eric White, M.D. Advocates for IPF Patients

IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) is a pulmonary disorder which could mask itself as asthma, emphysema and other common pulmonary disorders.  Rose McGowan and Dr. Eric White talk about how Rose's father finally discovered the nature of his breathing difficulties.

June 13, 2013

Gift made to establish the Joseph P. Lynch III, MD Lectureship Fund.

Joseph P. Lynch III has pledged a gift to our Division to establish the Joseph P. Lynch III, MD Lectureship Fund.  Dr. Lynch was a former resident, fellow, and faculty member at the University of Michigan from 1973-2003, and served as interim Chief of the Division from 1985-1987. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and Associate Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at UCLA Medical Center and an Emeritus Professor in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine.  Dr. Lynch is an exceptional clinician, educator, and is a leading authority in numerous pulmonary diseases, including IPF, sarcoidosis, pulmonary vasculitis, and lung transplantation.  The lectureship will be fully endowed in 2020, and will be used to bring renowned guest speakers to the University to enrich resident, fellow, and faculty education in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Michigan.  As a testament to his commitment to education, Dr. Lynch has made similar gifts to his alma maters Dartmouth University and Harvard University.

June 13, 2013

Division faculty members are honored at the annual Department of Medicine awards ceremony.


Drs. Anthony Courey and Theodore "Jack" Iwashyna

The Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine was well-represented at this year’s Department awards ceremony.  Jack Iwashyna was the recipient of the prestigious Jerome W. Conn Award for Excellent in Research.  He is the third member of our Division to receive this award and only the second health services researcher to be honored in this way.  Anthony Courey was the recipient of the equally prestigious Richard D. Judge Award for Excellence in Medical Student Teaching.  Both Jack and Anthony are multiple award winners, as Jack was awarded the H. Marvin Pollard Award for Outstanding Teaching of Residents in 2011 and Anthony won that same award in 2012.

June 13, 2013

Lama, Huang, and Cooke receive national recognition.


Two of our faculty were recognized at this year’s American Society of Clinical Investigation meeting in Chicago.  Vibha Lama was inducted into ASCI this year, joining three other division faculty who are ASCI members.  Steven Huang was the recipient of one of the ASCI Council's 2013 Young Physician-Scientist Awards. Also inducted into ASCI at this year’s meeting was Borna Mehrad, who was a past fellow in our Pulmonary & Critical Care Fellowship program and is currently a Professor of Medicine at the University of Virginia. Colin Cooke was named the recipient of the 2013 BS/HSR Early Career Achievement Award from the American Thoracic Society, which was presented at this year’s ATS International Conference in Philadelphia.   Colin is the second member of our division to win this award, as Jack Iwashyna was the recipient of this very same award in 2011.

June 13, 2013

Host Microbiome selected as a recipient of Fast Forward funding

   Host Microbiome initiative was one of three areas of research selected for funding by the Fast Forward Strategic Research Effort.   This effort will build on U-M’s already strong effort to study interactions between microbes, the host, and the health care environment. Led by Harry Mobley, Ph.D., and Vincent Young, M.D., Ph.D., and involving 51 researchers from a wide variety of areas, the initiative will use its Fast Forward funding to support specific research projects, and create tools and training to support existing and newly recruited researchers.  Gary Huffnagle, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Immunology, and Microbiology is a major thought leader in microbiome research, and will head an outstanding team of pulmonary researchers in this initiative.  Division team members include John Erb-Downward, Robert Dickson, and Brittan Scales.