Northwestern Medicine's Chief of Thoracic Surgery Receives First Ever Solovy Award for Advancements in COPD

Northwestern Medicine
Pulmonology June 28, 2016
Dr. Malcom DeCamp, chief of thoracic surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Kathleen Hart Solovy, and Joel Africk, president and CEO of Respiratory Health Association

Malcolm M. DeCamp
, MD, Northwestern Medicine’s chief of thoracic surgery, recently was awarded the inaugural Solovy Research Award for Advancement in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) by the Respiratory Health Association (RHA) for his outstanding contributions towards improving the quality of life for people living with COPD. DeCamp was the first recipient to receive this award at the annual dinner held in Chicago.

“It was very unexpected,” said DeCamp. “It’s great that we can use this endowment to make bigger strides towards research to help people breathe better, do more, and have a better quality of life.”
Five individuals from hospitals and universities throughout Chicago were nominated for the first Solovy Award. DeCamp was selected by a committee including RHA staff, board members, and Kathleen Hart Solovy. As part of the nomination, DeCamp’s colleague, Sharon Rosenberg, MD, cited his mentorship of young doctors entering pulmonology in addition to DeCamp’s efforts to treat and enhance the lives of patients.

Joel Africk, president and CEO of RHA is also thrilled to recognize DeCamp’s accomplishments in COPD advancements.

“RHA is delighted to honor Dr. DeCamp for his work on behalf of COPD patients,” said Africk. “COPD has claimed too many of our family members, friends and colleagues, and we need to do more for those who are affected by this disease.”

Kathleen Hart Solovy established the grant in memory of her husband, Jerold S. Solovy, a distinguished trial lawyer and former chairman of Jenner & Block, who lived with COPD until his passing in 2011.

As part of the award, DeCamp plans to use the funds towards clinical and translational research for COPD therapies to help prevent and cure COPD in the future.

COPD is the third leading cause of death in the United States according to recent reports on the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. The disease is estimated to affect 24 million people, including 800,000 people in Illinois.

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