The July edition of CTS Inspirations highlights one of my favorite events at our Annual Northern California Educational Conference: The CTS Scholars Poster Competition. We had over 20 entries from throughout California, and it is my pleasure to feature the 3 CTS Scholar Award winners below.
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.