E. Neil Schachter, MD
Lung Association leader and advocate
Will Ross Medal
Dr. Neil Schachter began his affiliation with the American Lung Association as a Fellow in 1973. Forty-three years later, he is still actively involved in the work of the Lung Association. Throughout his volunteer journey with the Lung Association, Dr. Schachter has held numerous leadership roles, received many awards and published five books and more than 400 articles and abstracts on pulmonary disease. Most importantly, he has helped countless numbers of people with lung disease breathe a little easier and taught many health care professionals to provide the highest level of care to their patients.
In 2013 and 2014, the New York Times named Dr. Schachter to their list of Super Doctors. One of the most impressive examples of his high level of service is his work with the Southern Poverty Law Center, where he fought to create healthier workplace standards and increased workers’ compensation for men and women who worked in cotton textile-mills throughout the South. He has also lobbied extensively for tougher anti-smoking laws in New York City on behalf of the American Lung Association and the Coalition for Smoking and Health. His advocacy efforts have positively impacted people throughout the country.
Not only extremely generous in sharing his time, talent and expertise with the Lung Association, but Dr. Schachter has also been a generous donor throughout the years. When his book “Life and Breath – Preventing, Treating, and Reversing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease” was published in 2003, 25 percent of all earnings were donated to the Lung Association.
Dr. Schachter is a busy practicing pulmonary physician and is also recognized as an academic educator very much to the benefit of pulmonary disease prevention and treatment.