Donohue Will Receive Breathing for Life Award

James F. Donohue, MD, will be honored with the Breathing for Life Award at the 10th Annual ATS Foundation Research Program Benefit on Saturday, May 19. Dr. Donohue is division director emeritus of pulmonary diseases and critical care medicine at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

James F. Donohue, MD

He played a major role in building the pulmonary diseases and critical care division at UNC Chapel Hill. He was the second physician to join the division in 1976 and served as division chief from 2002 to 2011. Today, the division has 32 faculty members and 11 fellows.

Dr. Donohue chaired the ATS Foundation from 2010 to 2016. During that time, annual contributions to the Research Program nearly tripled to $1 million, and the number of research grants awarded doubled.

Known as a master clinician and clinical scientist, Dr. Donohue led trials of the most commonly used inhaled therapies for COPD and asthma. His colleagues and mentees praise his ability to connect with patients, citing that many doctors wanted Dr. Donohue as their physician. Shannon Carson, MD, UNC Chapel Hill’s current division director, said, “Jim’s patients are devoted to him.”

The Breathing for Life Award is the highest honor given by the Foundation for philanthropy, scientific achievement, and commitment to mentorship.

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