WHAT: Tomorrow, 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)
  • Marc Moss, MD, ATS President
  • David Gozal, MD, MBA, ATS Immediate Past-President
  • Polly Parsons, MD, Vice President
  • Teresa Barnes, PF Advocate

For more information about the rally, go to conference.thoracic.org/go/rally.

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.