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Geoffrey Kurland, MD, Receives Lifetime Contributions to Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Award

June 4, 2022

The Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh congratulates Geoffrey Kurland, MD, on receiving the ATS 2022 Pediatrics Assembly Lifetime Contributions to Pediatric Respiratory Medicine Award.

Dr. Kurland is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Pediatric Lung Transplant Program at UPMC Children’s where he has been practicing since 1988.

“This award bestowed upon me is unexpected and humbling. The physician I am now is much different and (I believe) much better than the one I was when I began my career at UPMC Children’s in 1988. If I have learned much and taught many it is because of the environment in which and the people with whom I work every day,” says Dr. Kurland. “I am honored to be a part of a great Division in a great hospital. Because of this, I see patients from Pittsburgh as well as from places far from Pittsburgh. My expertise, such as it is, has been nurtured by the patients and families who have entrusted me with their care.  It also reflects my colleagues, who have been generous with their time and support over the years and have helped me become the physician I am today.”

Dr. Kurland’s clinical work has spanned the range of pediatric pulmonary conditions with an emphasis in pediatric lung transplantation, interstitial lung disease, and flexible bronchoscopy. Much of Dr. Kurland’s research over the years has involved interstitial lung disease in children and the development of novel approaches to lung transplant graft surveillance.

"Dr. Kurland is a true giant in pediatric pulmonary medicine who is most deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Pediatrics Assembly of the American Thoracic Society. He is an outstanding clinician and educator who has had a profound positive impact on the lives of his patients and their families, and in the education and training of countless fellows at UPMC Children’s and worldwide. Moreover, he is a beloved colleague with unmatched enthusiasm and positive attitude,” says Juan C. Celedón, MD, DrPH, ATSF, Division Chief and the Niels K. Jerne Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.