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Introducing a New SeriesGiants in Chest Medicine: Giants in Chest Medicine FREE TO VIEW

Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP; D. Kyle Hogarth, MD, FCCP; Peter J. Barnes, DM, Master FCCP
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From the University of Massachusetts Medical School (Dr Irwin), The University of Chicago Medical Center (Dr Hogarth), and National Heart & Lung Institute (Dr Barnes).

Correspondence to: Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP, American College of Chest Physicians, 3300 Dundee Rd, Northbrook, IL 60062-2348; e-mail: Richard.Irwin@umassmemorial.org.

Financial/nonfinancial disclosures: The authors have reported to CHEST that no potential conflicts of interest exist with any companies/organizations whose products or services may be discussed in this article.

Reproduction of this article is prohibited without written permission from the American College of Chest Physicians. See online for more details.

Chest. 2013;144(4):1087. doi:10.1378/chest.13-1639
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In this issue of CHEST, we are excited to introduce a new series, Giants in Chest Medicine. As its name implies, Giants in Chest Medicine will highlight the achievements of individuals who have made groundbreaking contributions within the fields of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine.

To illuminate their accomplishments, the series will feature a video or podcast interview of our honorees sharing details about their career choices, research, and accomplishments. Podcast Editor D. Kyle Hogarth, MD, FCCP, serves as series editor. Joining Dr Hogarth in moderating the series is Peter J. Barnes, DM, Master FCCP. We thank Dr Barnes for suggesting and fostering this new feature for CHEST. He lobbied for the sharing of experience by the leaders in our field with the next generation of physician investigators.

By sharing these stories, our hope is to collect and preserve the history of those who helped to create the current scientific environment of our specialty in their own words so that we all may benefit from their wealth of knowledge. In many instances, the honorees will tell the previously untold or unappreciated story.

Giants in Chest Medicine will appear on an occasional basis. While the interviews will be hosted online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1378/chest.13-1591, a short companion editorial profiling the individual will be featured as an article in the Journal.

It is particularly appropriate that we launch the series by highlighting the accomplishments of Alfred Soffer, MD, Master FCCP (in the article by Dalen on page 1104).1 Not only did Dr Soffer serve as executive director of the American College of Chest Physicians for 23 years, but he also served as editor in chief of this Journal from 1968 to 1993. He oversaw many innovations at CHEST, including its name change from Diseases of the CHEST to introducing peer review. You can learn more about Dr Soffer by reading the introduction (see page 1104) or watch the video interview with him at http://youtu.be/YnKft-1u2MU.

By sharing these individuals’ accomplishments, we hope to spark imaginations and encourage further advances. As philosopher and educator John Dewey said, “Every great advance in science has issued from a new audacity of imagination.” We hope this series strikes a chord with you so we can continue to advance the field of chest medicine as we honor those who have led us to where we are today.


Other contributions: The authors would like to acknowledge and thank Victoria Tedeschi, managing editor, CHEST, and Jean Rice, peer review manager, CHEST, for their editorial assistance in drafting this editorial. Neither Ms Tedeschi or Ms Rice received financial support for their contributions.

Dalen JE. Giants in chest medicine: Alfred Soffer, MD, Master FCCP. Chest. 2013;144(4):1104-1105.




Dalen JE. Giants in chest medicine: Alfred Soffer, MD, Master FCCP. Chest. 2013;144(4):1104-1105.
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