Sally Wenzel Honored with Philanthropy Award From American Thoracic Society

By: Lawerence Synett


Sally Wenzel, M.D., professor, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Medicine, Pitt School of Medicine, and director of the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was recently honored with the Breathing for Life Award at the annual American Thoracic Society (ATS) Foundation Research Program Benefit. The award is the highest honor given to an ATS member for philanthropy.

“It’s a great honor to be the first woman recognized by the foundation for the professional society [ATS] that has provided me so much during my career,” Dr. Wenzel said. “I look forward to continuing my longtime commitment to the society as part of the global pulmonary community.”

An internationally-recognized expert in severe asthma patient care and research, Dr. Wenzel gives back to the pulmonary community in many ways. Not only is she a sought after clinician for treatment of severe asthma, she is also well recognized for her advocacy for women in science and mentoring of young scientists.

Dr. Wenzel is a global leader in the investigation of asthma phenotypes and understanding the complexities of severe asthma, where her research has been dedicated to investigation of asthma in humans, as opposed to mouse models. She has published over 250 peer reviewed publications and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for 30 years.

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