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Dr. Friedrich Wegener, the ACCP, and History

Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: New Hyde Park, NY ,  Dr. Rosen is President, American College of Chest Physicians, and Chief, Divisions of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Correspondence to: Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, 410 Lakeville Rd, Suite 107, New Hyde Park, NY 11040; e-mail: mrosen@nshs.edu



Chest. 2007;132(3):739-741. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0769
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On June 1, 2007, Stephen S. Lefrak, MD, FCCP, Professor of Medicine, Associate Dean and Director of the Humanities Program in Medicine at Washington University School of Medicine, wrote to Richard S. Irwin, MD, FCCP, CHEST Editor in Chief, about setting the record straight on the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) having given a “Master Clinician Award” to Friedrich Wegener, MD, at the ACCP Convocation in 1989. Dr. Wegener is renowned for his description and investigations of the necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis that we know as “Wegener granulomatosis.” What we did not know is that Wegener had ties with the Nazi party at its inception, and that he was an official in the army and a pathologist in Lodz, the site of a notorious Jewish ghetto from the time of the German invasion of Poland in 1939 until he fled with thousands of other Germans in 1945. Dr. Lefrak asked that we set the record straight “for the historical record as well as the College’s integrity.” I will present the facts as we know them and what the ACCP leadership has done thus far regarding them.

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