Albert Rizzo, MD, FACP, FCCP
Senior Medical Advisor to the American Lung Association
Section Chief, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Christiana Care Health Systems
Albert A. Rizzo, M.D., is the American Lung Association’s leading medical authority. Having served as the Chair of the Lung Association’s National Board of Directors, Dr. Rizzo is the key medical advisor to the American Lung Association and a leading media spokesperson for the Association.
Dr. Rizzo is Chief of the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware and a member of Christiana Care Pulmonary Associates. He is board certified in internal medicine, pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Thomas Jefferson University Medical School in Philadelphia where he obtained his medical degree and completed his residency in Internal Medicine. Dr. Rizzo received his specialty training at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C. He is a member of the American Thoracic Society, a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians and the American College of Physicians and a Diplomat of the American Board of Sleep Medicine.
His out-patient practice covers general pulmonary and sleep medicine disorders and includes a strong interest in asthma, COPD, pulmonary rehabilitation, lung cancer and obstructive sleep apnea.
Dr. Rizzo has been a volunteer with the American Lung Association since 1984 at both the local, regional and national level. In July 2011, he became Chairman of the National Board of Directors of the American Lung Association and continues to serve as the Senior Medical Advisor to the national office. Dr. Rizzo was honored in 2015 with the Will Ross Medal, the highest honor bestowed on a volunteer from the American Lung Association who has made a significant contribution to the prevention and control of lung disease.
As a result of his involvement with the Lung Association, Dr. Rizzo has had the opportunity to educate both patients and the public as well as fellow professionals about the importance of preventive care and healthy lifestyles (particularly the role of cigarette smoking cessation) with regard to preserving lung function over the years.
In his volunteer leadership roles with the Lung Association, he has testified before Congress on behalf of advancing lung disease research through funding of the National Institutes of Health, and has lectured at American Lung Association meetings throughout the country. In addition to smoking cessation, tobacco control and air quality, his topics of expertise include specific disease states such as COPD, asthma, sleep Apnea and lung cancer. The importance of recognizing and trying to eliminate some of the health care disparities that often involve these diseases is one of his concerns.
A recognized pulmonary health expert, Dr. Rizzo has been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journals Respiratory Care and CHEST, and many others. He is a charter member of the American Association of Inpatient Physicians, and his other professional affiliations include the Society of Critical Medicine, the Delaware Thoracic Society and past Governor of Delaware for the American College of Chest Physicians.