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 1964-2019

2019Helen M. Hollingsworth, MDPulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Clinician Educator, Researcher, Editor
2018Carla R. Lamb, MDPulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Research, Educator, Specialist in Interventional Pulmonology
2017David J. Kanarek, MDPulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Researcher, Educator, Mentor
2016Christopher H. Fanta, MDPulmonologist, Professor, Asthma Specialist
2015Dennis J. Beer, MDIntensivist, Pulmonary Diagnostician, Educator
2014Jeffrey S. Berman, MDPulmonologist, Educator and Mentor
2013David J. Sugarbaker, MDThoracic Surgeon, Mesothelioma Expert
2012Sue C. Etkind, RN, MSNurse, Public Health Professional, TB Control Expert
2011Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRTRespiratory Therapist, Teacher, Mentor 
2010Ronald 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 
2008David Michael Center  Clinician, Teacher, Research in Pulmonary Immunology 
2007Richard S. Irwin, MDClinician, Teacher, Researcher - Etiology and Management of Cough
2006Edward A. Nardell, MDClinician, Teacher, Expert in TB Control
2006John Bernardo, MDClinician, Researcher, Expert in TB Management, Including the Homeless Population
2005Nicholas S. Hill, MDScientist, Teacher, Researcher - Pulmonary Vascular Biology, Clinical Pulmonary Hypertension, and Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation
2004Jeffrey J. Fredberg, PhDTeacher, Researcher - Airway Biology/ Physiology, Asthma
2003Bartolome R. Celli, MDClinician, Teacher, Researcher, Physiologist, Pulmonary Rehab Specialist
2002John F. Beamis, Jr., MDInterventional Pulmonologist, Clinician, Teacher
 Melvin W. First, Sc.DTeacher, Researcher: Air Quality, Industrial Hygiene and Therapy
2001Barry L. Fanburg, MDTeacher, Reseacher, Clinician; Sarcoidosis; Diagnosis and Therapy
2000Jeffrey M. Drazen, MDClinician, Scientist, teacher; asthma genetics; treatment, physiology
1999L. Jack Faling, MDClinician, Teacher, Administrator, Mentor and role model
1997Frank E. Speizer, MDAuthority on the epidemiology of asthma and COPD: Researcher, Trainer
1996Hermes C. Grillo, MDThoracic surgeon; new procedures for tracheal resection and reconstruction surgery, teacher and clinician
1995Mary Ellen Wohl, MDPediatric Pulmonologist, physiology researcher in lung development, new therapies for cystic fibrosis, teacher and administrator
 Blake Cady, MDAnti-smoking Activist; Researcher & Surgeon In oncology
1994Jerome S. Brody, MDClinician-scientist in pulmonology; researcher in lung development and cell differentiation
1992Joseph D. Brain, Sc.DTeacher, researcher in pulmonary physiology and lung cell biology
1991Dwight E. Harkin, MDCardiac & Thoracic Surgeon; TB Treatment Anti-Smoking Activist
1990Earle B. Weiss, MDAdministrator, Teacher; Scientist Clinical & Laboratory
1989Denise J. Strieder, MDPediatric Pulmonary Clinician; Researcher & Teacher
1988Homayoun Kazemi, MDPhysiology Reseacher: Control of Breathing Pulmonary Clinician & Teacher
1987Gustave A. Laurenzi, MDPulmonary Internist; Teacher & Raconteur
1986Richard H. Overholt, MDThoracic Surgeon; Pioneer Crusader against cigarette smoking
 Henning Pontoppidan, MDAnesthesiologist; Pioneer in Respiratory Therapy and Chest Physical Therapy
1985Howard G. Turner, Jr., MDTuberculosis Specialist, Teacher
 Lynne Reid, MDPathologist, Researcher: Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Pulmonary Hypertension
1983Mary K. Steinkrauss, RNMassachusetts TB Program, Nurse Specialist (posthumously)
1982Joan M. Tourigney, RN, RRTRespiratory Therapist, Nurse Specialist (posthumously)
1981Mary Ellen Avery, MDPediatric Intensivist, Researcher, Teacher & Administrator
1980Gordon L. Snider, MDPulmonary Clinician, Teacher & Researcher: Respiratory Therapy, Emphysema
 James L. Whittenberger, MDPhysiology Professor: Mechanics, Air Pollution
1979Harriet L. Hardy, MDOccupational Disease Reseacher: berylliosis, "Black Lung"
1978John H. Emerson, MDInventor: Iron Lung, 02 Tent, IPPB
1976Harry Shwachman, MDPediatrics Professor, Cystic Fibrosis Pioneer
 Donald A. Martin, MDPhthisiotherapist & Sanatorium Administrator
1975Jeremiah Mead, MDPhthisiotherapist & Sanatorium Administrator
1974John W. Strieder, MDThoracic Surgeon, Teacher
1972Theodore L. Badger, MDInternist, Pulmonlogist, Tuberculosis Therapy, Teacher
 Edward Welch, MDInternist, Pulmonologist
1970Edward Gaensler, MDThoracic Surgeon, Physiologist Researcher Interstitial Lung Disease, Asbestosis
1966Paul DeFault, MDPhthisiotherapeutist & Sanatorium Administrator
1965Cleaveland Floyd, MDPhthisiologist: Therapeutic Pneumothorax
1964Henry D. Chadwick, MDTuberculosis Specialist, Sanatorium Administrator, and Health Commissioner

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