American Lung Association Names Dr. Mario Castro to National Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2012)

The American Lung Association is proud to welcome Dr. Mario Castro as a member of its National Board of Directors. Dr. Castro is a Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo. He also serves as an Adjunct Associate Professor of Community Health at the St. Louis University School of Public Health. As a member of the American Lung Association National Board, Dr. Castro will enhance the organization’s efforts to prevent lung disease and improve lung health.

“Dr. Castro has truly demonstrated professional leadership within his community. His care for others and his commitment to implement real public health change make him an essential member of the American Lung Association,” said Ross P. Lanzafame, Chair of the Board of the American Lung Association.

As a volunteer with the Lung Association since 1994, Dr. Castro has served as President of the Board for the American Lung Association in Missouri, and since 2003 he has served as a member of the American Lung Association Scientific Advisory Committee. Dr. Castro currently serves on the Board for the American Lung Association Plains-Gulf Region and as Principal Investigator for the St. Louis site of the American Lung Association Asthma Clinical Research Centers (ACRC) and Chairs the Protocol Committee for ACRC.

In addition to his work with the American Lung Association, Dr. Castro served on the National Asthma Educator Certification Board from 2000-2005. He currently serves on the Boards for the International Medical Assistance Foundation and the St. Louis Regional Asthma Consortium as well as an abstract reviewer for the American Thoracic Society.


About the American Lung Association
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