Albert A. Rizzo
2015 WILL ROSS MEDAL RECIPIENT
Albert A. Rizzo, MD, Hockessin, Delaware
On June 26, 2015, Albert A. Rizzo, MD was awarded the Will Ross Medal at the American Lung Association 2015 Awards Dinner in Chicago, IL. Dr. Rizzo has selflessly, confidently and skillfully served the American Lung Association at the local, regional and national levels for over 30 years, extending his reach to legislators, professionals, patients and the public alike.
Remarkably, Dr. Rizzo elevates others with whom he works, always promoting the contributions of those on his work teams and committees, never calling attention to himself or his attributes. He is a natural leader, not with loud commands but with a natural, gentle authority that inspires confidence and engenders the respect of those with whom he serves.
He has held many leadership positions at the national level, serving most recently as Chair of the National Board (2011-12) and now Senior Medical Advisor to the national office.
Of particular note, Dr. Rizzo has a clear and in-depth understanding of the American Lung Association’s history and current challenges. These are not viewed by him as obstacles to success but seen as a roadmap with which he can help to guide our organization.
He oversaw the Organizational Effectiveness Assessment (OEA), a comprehensive initiative designed to transform the American Lung Association in terms of efficiencies and effectiveness. The outcomes of OEA have, indeed, significantly impacted, rejuvenated and streamlined our organization.
Dr. Rizzo keeps us informed on best practices and cutting edge research within the pulmonary care industry. His experience as a leader with a practice was invaluable as we strategically traveled the paths of consolidation and reorganization.
Compassion, professional expertise and dedication are three qualities that we seek in our personal physicians. Compassion, professional expertise and dedication are three qualities that we seek in our leadership. The American Lung Association is fortunate to have found such qualities in abundance with Dr. Rizzo.