COVID-19 is unfortunately surging again; with the number of cases in some areas back up to previous peak numbers while uncertainty looms regarding variants, ef- fectiveness of the current vaccines and anti-COVID therapeutics. Fortunately, we are better prepared this time with surge ICU’s and other resources including the availability of various monoclonal antibodies. Most of us at CTS, like many of you, are on the front line working long hours and providing essential care to our pa- tients. I am extremely proud to be a part of the CTS thoracic community. I want to express a message of solidarity to our entire group for doing what you do -- thank you.
The biggest announcement this month is the retirement of CTS Executive Director, Phil Porte. Phil and his entire team at GRQ have done a tremendous job over the past several years furthering organizational growth and strength. With 7 institutional members and over 700 individual members, CTS is well positioned to continue to meet its mission to improve California lung health and, through advocacy and education, advance the science and practice of pulmonary and critical care medicine.
On behalf of the CTS Executive Committee, Michelle Cao, George Su, Tisha Wang, Nicholas Kolaitis and Ni-Cheng Liang, I want to thank all our members for your continued support of CTS. We were very excited to be able to connect with so many of you on our virtual platform despite the COVID limitations during the past year. I also want to thank Dr. Devereaux for putting together the excellent COVID State of the ICU zoom series dur- ing our winter surge.
CTS is 80 years old this year. As one of the oldest and largest ATS chapters, we are proud of our record of innovation, education and professional development not just within ATS but the PCCM/S community in Cali- fornia and the nation.
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