The Henry D. Chadwick Medal

The Henry D. Chadwick Medal is the highest honor awarded by the Massachusetts Pulmonary Section (formerly Massachusetts Thoracic Society) of the American Lung Association of the Northeast’s Medical & Scientific Branch for meritorious contributions in the study and treatment of tuberculosis and other thoracic diseases.  The sole criteria for nominees is that they should be outstanding in some field of pulmonary disease.  The candidates do not necessarily have to be physicians, but their major professional activities, whether of local or international acclaim, should have been in Massachusetts.

The first Chadwick medal was given to Doctor Chadwick in 1964, when he was 90 years old.  Doctor Chadwick had always wanted to be a physician, but first worked in pharmacies while being tutored in order to enter medical school.  He entered Harvard Medical School in 1891 and graduated cum laude.  His major work focused on diagnosis and classification of juvenile tuberculosis.

Doctor Chadwick practiced medicine for 16 years and then he became ill with TB and spent some time at the Trudeau Hospital in Saranac Lake.  Upon his return he became more active in public health by becoming a member of the Waltham Board of Health and being on the Board of the Channing Home for TB.  He also lectured at Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health.

Doctor Chadwick was president of three local TB Associations in Massachusetts and of two state TB Associations – Massachusetts TB and Michigan.  He became President Emeritus of the Massachusetts TB and Health League in 1945.

Doctor Chadwick’s belief that the use of the TB skin test was the most practical way of detecting tuberculosis is still in practice today.  His work in the study and treatment of tuberculosis has done much to help us with the eradication of TB.

Massachusetts Pulmonary Section Chadwick Medal Recipients 1964-2013

2013 David J. Sugarbaker, MD Thoracic Surgeon, Mesothelioma Expert
2012 Sue C. Etkind, RN, MS Nurse, Public Health Professional, TB Control Expert
2011 Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT Respiratory Therapist, Teacher, Mentor 
2010 Ronald C. Silvestri, M.D. Clinician, teacher, role model for pulmonary trainees
2009  Raymond L.H. Murphy, Jr., M.D.   Clinician, Professor, Research in lung sounds, Co-founder International Lung Sounds Association 
2008 David Michael Center   Clinician, Teacher, Research in Pulmonary Immunology 
2007 Richard S. Irwin, MD Clinician, Teacher, Researcher - Etiology and Management of Cough
2006 Edward A. Nardell, MD Clinician, Teacher, Expert in TB Control
2006 John Bernardo, MD Clinician, Researcher, Expert in TB Management, Including the Homeless Population
2005 Nicholas S. Hill, MD Scientist, Teacher, Researcher - Pulmonary Vascular Biology, Clinical Pulmonary Hypertension, and Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
2004 Jeffrey J. Fredberg, PhD Teacher, Researcher - Airway Biology/ Physiology, Asthma
2003 Bartolome R. Celli, MD Clinician, Teacher, Researcher, Physiologist, Pulmonary Rehab Specialist
2002 John F. Beamis, Jr., MD Interventional Pulmonologist, Clinician, Teacher
  Melvin W. First, Sc.D Teacher, Researcher: Air Quality, Industrial Hygiene and Therapy
2001 Barry L. Fanburg, MD Teacher, Reseacher, Clinician; Sarcoidosis; Diagnosis and Therapy
2000 Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD Clinician, Scientist, teacher; asthma genetics; treatment, physiology
1999 L. Jack Faling, MD Clinician, Teacher, Administrator, Mentor and role model
1997 Frank E. Speizer, MD Authority on the epidemiology of asthma and COPD: Researcher, Trainer
1996 Hermes C. Grillo, MD Thoracic surgeon; new procedures for tracheal resection and reconstruction surgery, teacher and clinician
1995 Mary Ellen Wohl, MD Pediatric Pulmonologist, physiology researcher in lung development, new therapies for cystic fibrosis, teacher and administrator
  Blake Cady, MD Anti-smoking Activist; Researcher & Surgeon In oncology
1994 Jerome S. Brody, MD Clinician-scientist in pulmonology; researcher in lung development and cell differentiation
1992 Joseph D. Brain, Sc.D Teacher, researcher in pulmonary physiology and lung cell biology
1991 Dwight E. Harkin, MD Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon; TB Treatment Anti-Smoking Activist
1990 Earle B. Weiss, MD Administrator, Teacher; Scientist Clinical & Laboratory
1989 Denise J. Strieder, MD Pediatric Pulmonary Clinician; Researcher & Teacher
1988 Homayoun Kazemi, MD Physiology Reseacher: Control of Breathing Pulmonary Clinician & Teacher
1987 Gustave A. Laurenzi, MD Pulmonary Internist; Teacher & Raconteur
1986 Richard H. Overholt, MD Thoracic Surgeon; Pioneer Crusader against cigarette smoking
  Henning Pontoppidan, MD Anesthesiologist; Pioneer in Respiratory Therapy and Chest Physical Therapy
1985 Howard G. Turner, Jr., MD Tuberculosis Specialist, Teacher
  Lynne Reid, MD Pathologist, Researcher: Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Pulmonary Hypertension
1983 Mary K. Steinkrauss, RN Massachusetts TB Program, Nurse Specialist (posthumously)
1982 Joan M. Tourigney, RN, RRT Respiratory Therapist, Nurse Specialist (posthumously)
1981 Mary Ellen Avery, MD Pediatric Intensivist, Researcher, Teacher & Administrator
1980 Gordon L. Snider, MD Pulmonary Clinician, Teacher & Researcher: Respiratory Therapy, Emphysema
  James L. Whittenberger, MD Physiology Professor: Mechanics, Air Pollution
1979 Harriet L. Hardy, MD Occupational Disease Reseacher: berylliosis, "Black Lung"
1978 John H. Emerson, MD Inventor: Iron Lung, 02 Tent, IPPB
1976 Harry Shwachman, MD Pediatrics Professor, Cystic Fibrosis Pioneer
  Donald A. Martin, MD Phthisiotherapist & Sanatorium Administrator
1975 Jeremiah Mead, MD Phthisiotherapist & Sanatorium Administrator
1974 John W. Strieder, MD Thoracic Surgeon, Teacher
1972 Theodore L. Badger, MD Internist, Pulmonlogist, Tuberculosis Therapy, Teacher
  Edward Welch, MD Internist, Pulmonologist
1970 Edward Gaensler, MD Thoracic Surgeon, Physiologist Researcher Interstitial Lung Disease, Asbestosis
1966 Paul DeFault, MD Phthisiotherapeutist & Sanatorium Administrator
1965 Cleaveland Floyd, MD Phthisiologist: Therapeutic Pneumothorax
1964 Henry D. Chadwick, MD Tuberculosis Specialist, Sanatorium Administrator, and Health Commissioner