Newswise — WHAT: On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the American Thoracic Society will lead ATS members, pulmonary clinicians, researchers, and patient advocates in the ATS Rally on Capitol Hill:   Lab Coats for Lungs. The rally will bring attention to recent policies that threaten to undermine many of the ATS’s advocacy priorities including:   research funding, tobacco regulation, affordable health care, and clean air.

WHY:  The ATS 2017 International Conference takes place in the seat of our government, Washington, DC. That, coupled with the degree of uncertainty surrounding many of the advocacy issues relevant to ATS members and their patients, makes this the optimal time to highlight the need for members of Congress to support legislative actions that promote funding for medical research and improve public health. 

WHEN:  Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. ET

WHERE:  Upper Senate Park (across Delaware Ave. from Russell Senate Office building/across Constitution Ave from U.S. Capitol)


  • Ed Markey (D-MA) (Invited)
  • Tom Carper (D-DE) (Invited)
  • David Gozal, MD, MBA, ATS President
  • Marc Moss, MD, ATS President-Elect
  • Polly Parsons, MD, Vice President
  • Gary Ewart, Chief, Advocacy & Government Relations


For more information about the rally or to arrange an interview, contact Dacia Morris at [email protected].




About the American Thoracic Society:
Founded in 1905, the American Thoracic Society is the world's leading medical association dedicated to advancing pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The Society’s 15,000 members prevent and fight respiratory disease around the globe through research, education, patient care and advocacy. The ATS publishes three journals, the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society.


The ATS will hold its 2017 International Conference, May 19-24, in Washington, DC, where world-renowned experts will share the latest scientific research and clinical advances in pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine.

Meeting Link: The ATS 2017 International Conference