I enjoyed seeing many of you at the American Thoracic Society International Conference in San Diego. It was a memorable conference with many highlights. A personal highlight was introducing Dr. Joseph Lynch for the California Out- standing Clinician Award. Many of you were there, and I thank you for your show of support.
After a CTS membership vote, it is my pleasure to introduce Vipul Jain from UCSF Fresno as the new Treasurer of CTS. Vipul is a wonderful clinician and educator, and I could not be happier that he is joining CTS leadership. Vipul rounds out the CTS Executive Committee, which also includes myself, Chris Garvey, Past-President, Lorriana Leard, President-Elect, and Laren Tan, Secretary. I am thrilled to be working with such talented, dedicated people.
On March 15th, Scott Gottlieb, commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, tweeted: “Today #FDA took a historic first step to advance our rulemaking process to render combustible cigarettes minimally or non addictive through regulation of nicotine levels under the FDA’s tobacco product standard.” This announcement came on the same day that a FDA funded study was published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Dear colleagues and friends, It is my distinct honor and pleasure to serve as CTS President in 2018. CTS has had a meaningful impact on my career. As a pulmonary fellow in training at UC San Diego, my mentors suggested CTS as a place to seek education, meaningful peer connections, and to advocate for our patients suffering from respiratory diseases in California.
Dear colleagues and friends, It has been a sincere honor to serve as CTS president for the past year. 2017 has been an important year for CTS on nearly every major level. We began the year very challenged financially due to changes in the ABG proficiency testing program and overhead costs beyond our financial ability. Thanks to our adminis- trative and professional leadership, we enter 2018 significantly more stable financially, and look for- ward to further improvement in serving CTS members and our mission in 2018.