Establishment of Distinguished CHEST Educator Designation


CHEST’s long established reputation as the medical society home for clinical chest medicine educators strengthened even further this year with the introduction of a new professional designation intended to provide national-level recognition for excellence in continuing medical education—the Distinguished CHEST Educator.


This distinction places designees within the top 5% of CHEST’s US and international faculty, recognizing the achievements of clinical educators who have made significant and long-term contributions to the design and delivery of CHEST education by serving as CHEST committee chairs, vice-chairs, faculty, members, and peer reviewers for programs and activities such as CHEST Annual Meeting, live learning, and simulation programs.


The Distinguished CHEST Educator designation will be granted to select clinical educators each year at the CHEST Annual Meeting, beginning at CHEST 2017 in Toronto. A list of the latest class of designees will be posted each November. Designees will then be entitled to list their designation on CVs and all other applicable channels as “Distinguished CHEST Educator, year awarded.”

In September of 2017, CHEST received the Innovation Award from OrgCommunity Solutions Day for the development and
launch of the Distinguished CHEST Educator designation.

CHEST Expands Strength in Research & Analytics

2016/17 marked the launch of an expanded portfolio of primary research and data analytics capabilities offered through the exciting new CHEST Analytics product line. This innovative set of offerings grants CHEST’s staff, members and collaborative partners the opportunity to study and gain insights from clinical experts and key opinion leaders in chest medicine through surveys, panel discussions, and focus groups, and to explore CHEST’s expansive data sets using a state-of-the-art online analytics platform.

With these new capabilities, CHEST now delivers integrated patient and clinician data that can help optimize patient outcomes; predictive, real-time product and treatment insights; flexible analytics that provide dynamic market intelligence; and the ability to dive into real world clinical data, then quickly and visually display reports.

Also available through CHEST Analytics is a new CHEST Clinical Perspectives series of white papers, delivering insights from research among CHEST key opinion leaders on topics ranging from the “Use of biologics in Treatment of Patients with Severe Asthma” and “Tissue Testing and Sampling for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer” to the latest on interstitial lung disease or COPD exacerbations.

Steve Welch Named CHEST EVP/CEO

profileSteve Welch took the helm in a role as CHEST’s Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2017, after effectively guiding the organization for nearly a full year while serving as interim EVP/CEO. Welch has since focused on implementing an updated staffing structure and putting his senior team in place, while partnering with the Board of Regents on a new 2018-2022 Strategic Plan that will lead CHEST forward on a path towards continued success.

Prior to stepping into the EVP/CEO role, Welch spent 22 years in senior staff roles for the college, most recently as Publisher and Senior VP of Publications and Digital Content. This includes partnering with Editor-In-Chief Richard Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, to guide the peer-reviewed journal CHEST to a position among the most well-regarded medical publications in both the respiratory and critical care categories, as well as shepherding expansion of the highly touted CHEST SEEK library of print and online study resources for board certification exam preparation, now among CHEST’s most popular products among members and non-members alike.

CHEST President Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP expressed strong confidence in CHEST’s new leadership. “We appreciate the exceptional performance of Steve, his senior team, and the entire CHEST staff during this transition in executive leadership. We are so excited about the opportunity to work with Steve in his new role going forward.”

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