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Presidential Address—CHEST 1998*

D. Robert McCaffree, MD, FCCP
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*From Dr. McCaffree is Chief of Staff at the VA Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine in the Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Section at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, OK; and he is past president of the American College of Chest Physicians (1998).

Correspondence to: D. Robert McCaffree, MD, FCCP, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 921 Northeast 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104-5028; e-mail: robert-mccaffree@uokhsc.edu



Chest. 1999;115(4):1155-1157. doi:10.1378/chest.115.4.1155
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Let me begin with a statement of gratitude and a series of thank-you’s to many, many people. First, I should thank all of you for allowing me this year’s stewardship of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). It has been a stimulating and rewarding year personally. I need to thank some of my mentors, especially Drs. Deborah Shure and Bart Chernow, my immediate predecessors, and Dr. Allen Goldberg who will take the reigns of the College this evening. I also thank Dr. Mark Rosen and the 1998 Program Committee for the truly outstanding scientific program they have organized this year. I also thank all of my partners in the pulmonary section at the University of Oklahoma. There were many times when I was called away at the last minute, and these occasions seemed to occur only when I was on-call. My partners in the pulmonary section, lead by Dr. Gary Kinasewitz, have never failed to respond to provide support for me this past year. I owe all of them a great big thank-you—and a great many weekends. Most importantly, I thank my family, my constant source of joy and support, and the ones that have taught me the most important lessons of life—our children, Sara and Matthew, and my wife and life partner for almost 30 years, Mary Anne. This has been an extremely busy presidential year in the McCaffree household since Mary Anne became the President of the Oklahoma State Medical Association, the first woman to hold that position. Finally, I want to thank the staff of the ACCP. Let me say that our Executive Vice President, Al Lever, has assembled a truly outstanding staff. They have made this year much more pleasurable and doable with their enthusiasm, understanding, help, energy, insights, and synergy they bring to the job.

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