Einstein Lung Specialist to be Honored

David Prezant to Receive 2011 Public Service Award for Work with 9/11 Rescue Workers

In honor of his significant clinical care and groundbreaking research with rescue workers who worked at the World Trade Center following the September 11, 2001  terrorists attacks, David Prezant, M.D., will receive the 2011 Public Service Award from the American Thoracic Society (ATS). Dr. Prezant is professor of medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and an attending physician in the pulmonary medicine division at Montefiore Medical Center, The University Hospital and Academic Medical Center for Einstein.

On 9/11, Dr. Prezant was one of the first physicians to respond to the World Trade Center, with responsibility for triaging the injured. From that day on, he treated and monitored the lung health of more than 16,000 rescue workers from the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) who were exposed to World Trade Center dust – beginning the largest longitudinal study ever reported on occupational influences on lung function. Through regular assessments of the firefighters and EMS fire department rescue workers, Dr. Prezant evaluated and documented the significant and permanent lung damage that many suffered. His research on World Trade Center Cough Syndrome and the decline of lung function was published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2002 and 2010.

“David Prezant embodies the spirit of public service that the ATS honors with this award,” said Dean Schraufnagel, M.D., President of ATS. “His personal bravery on the scene at the World Trade Center, and his professional courage with documenting the effects of 9/11 exposures on the workers afterwards, are something we should all aspire to. We congratulate him and offer this award in recognition of his extraordinary work.” Read full article here…

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