Dean E. Schraufnagel, MD, is the Executive Director FIRS and Professor, Pulmonary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has conducted basic and clinical research and has authored almost 200 works including editing 4 books. He has been leadership of the American Thoracic Society (President 2010) and International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) (Vice President). He is an honorary member of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology and has been a member of American College of Chest Physicians (Chest) and European Respiratory Society for many years. He was Senior Deputy Editor of the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. In addition to clinical medicine and research, he has been extensively involved in education and training and has championed promoting global lung health especially for the underserved.