Clayton T. Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP
Clinical Perspectives™ Chair
Clay Cowl, MD, MS, FCCP is the Chair of the Division of Preventive, Occupational and Aerospace Medicine at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota with a joint appointment in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine. He attended Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago before completing training in internal medicine, occupational medicine and toxicology at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics in Iowa City. He then did fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Mayo Clinic after which time he joined the faculty of Mayo Clinic.
Outside of evaluating patients with occupational and environmental lung exposures, his research and educational interests have been diverse. Dr. Cowl has ongoing projects focused on respiratory physiology and environmental aspects of pulmonary disease.
He has also conducted research in other areas of transportation medicine such as safety issues in the commercial driving industry. He has been a subject matter expert and educational curriculum writer for various CHEST courses and for a number of courses at Mayo Clinic.
Dr. Cowl is the President of the American College of Chest Physicians for 2018-19.
Nancy Collop, MD, FCCP
Nancy Collop, MD, FCCP, is a clinician educator who has served in a variety of leadership roles in the field of sleep medicine. She has been involved in developing certification for sleep medicine, initially serving on the American Board of Sleep Medicine as a member and president and then, as a member of the American Board of Medical Specialties first examination committee for sleep medicine certification. She has served as a board member for the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, and its president (2011-2012).
In addition to her role as promoting sleep medicine as a field, Dr. Collop has pursued a variety of clinical research projects, mostly investigating various aspects of sleep disordered breathing, either diagnosing it or its prevalence in unique patient populations. Dr. Collop is currently the Director of the Emory Sleep Center which was established as an interdisciplinary center in the Comprehensive Neurosciences Center in 2010. She is also the recipient of Maryland Sleep Society Distinguished Service Award in 2015 and AASM’s Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award, also in 2015.
Nicola Hanania, MD, MS, FCCP
Baylor College of Medicine
Nicola Hanania, MD, MS, FCCP, is Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and Director of the Airways Clinical Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He completed his medical training at the University of Jordan followed by residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary medicine at the University of Toronto. He subsequently completed a fellowship in critical care medicine at Baylor College of Medicine, where he later earned a master’s degree in clinical investigation.
Dr. Hanania’s research interests focus on the pharmacology and management of asthma and COPD. He has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, editorials, and reviews on these topics. He is actively involved in clinical trials investigating novel treatments. He is principal investigator for the American Lung Association Airway Clinical Research Center at Baylor College of Medicine, as well as principal investigator or co-investigator in several clinical trials in asthma and COPD. He has been invited to and lectured widely at local, regional, national, and international meetings.
As a Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians, Dr. Hanania has served on the Board of Regents and as Chair of the Clinical Pulmonary Medicine and Airways Disorders NetWorks and Council of NetWorks. He has been on the Board of Trustees of the CHEST Foundation since 2012.
Lisa Moores, MD, FCCP
Walter Reed Medical Center
Lisa Moores, MD, FCCP graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from The Ohio State University in 1985. She received her medical degree from the Uniformed Services University in 1989 and then completed a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. She has completed over 23 years of active service in the United States Army Medical Corps.
Dr. Moores is board certified in internal, pulmonary, and critical care medicine. She is a fellow of the CHEST.
Dr. Moores has over 80 invited presentations and over 50 published journal articles and book chapters that reflect her interests in venous thromboembolism, medical education, and adult learning.
Gerard Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP
Medical University of South Carolina
Gerard A. Silvestri, MD, MS, FCCP, is an international expert in lung cancer and interventional pulmonology. He completed his fellowship in pulmonary and critical care at Dartmouth Medical School and has served on the faculty at the Medical University of South Carolina for nearly 25 years.
He is a past President of the American College of Chest Physicians, the George Sr. and Margaret Hillenbrand Professor of Thoracic Oncology and Vice-Chair of Medicine for faculty development at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. His research includes screening for lung cancer, how patients should be diagnosed and staged with the disease, and how to evaluate new technologies needed to diagnose and treat these patients.
Dr. Silvestri is a writer and editor of the American College of Chest Physicians lung cancer guidelines. He is a past president of the American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology. Dr. Silvestri has authored more than 200 scientific articles, book chapters, and editorials. He has served on multiple editorial boards of medical journals and currently serves on the editorial board of the journal CHEST. Dr. Silvestri was awarded the Pasquale Ciaglia Memorial Lecture in Interventional Pulmonary Medicine in 2012, which recognizes career contributions to that field and the Edward C. Rosenow Master FCCP/Master Teacher Honor Lecture in 2014 by CHEST.
Victor Test, MD, FCCP
Texas Tech Health Sciences Center
Victor Test, MD, FCCP is the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock, Texas. Prior to this position he served as the Director of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Center at the Duke University Medical Center in Durham, North Carolina. He completed his medical education at the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio, Texas before completing fellowships in both pulmonary and critical care medicine.
Dr. Test has had his writings published in several different journals and publications. In addition to his research, he has been recognized for his teaching ability many times throughout his career. These accolades include the Excellence in Teaching Award from Darnall Community Army Hospital’s Emergency Medicine Program, Texas Tech University School of Medicine Department of Internal Medicine’s Outstanding Teacher for 2013-2014 and the CHEST Educator Designation Award in 2017. Dr. Test is also a sought-out expert for his presentations on pulmonary medicine.
At CHEST, Dr. Test has served in a variety of leadership roles. These include Chairman of the Council of NetWorks, as a NetWorks Representative on the Board of Regents, and on steering committees for several other initiatives in his areas of expertise.
M. Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M. Patricia Rivera, MD, FCCP is both an educator and a clinical researcher. She is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). In addition, she serves as the Director of the UNC Carolina Lung Cancer Screening Clinic, the Pulmonary Function and Bronchoscopy Laboratory, and is Co-Director of the Multidisciplinary Thoracic Oncology Program.
Dr. Rivera considers the lung a “beautiful organ” and is still fascinated by it. Her special interests include care of patients with lung cancer, immunocompromised hosts, lung screen screening, novel approaches for early detection of lung cancer in high-risk patients, chemotherapy, and radiation-induced pneumonitis.
Her important research has focused on lung cancer, immunocompromised patients, and fluorescent bronchoscopy. Dr. Rivera was integral in guiding both the research and the data interpretation components of this Clinical Perspectives™ white paper.