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Henry D. Chadwick Medal

The Henry D. Chadwick Medal is the highest honor awarded by the Massachusetts Thoracic Society for meritorious contributions in the study and treatment of tuberculosis and other thoracic diseases.  Candidates do not have to be physicians, but their major professional activities, whether of local or international acclaim, should have been in Massachusetts.


The first Chadwick medal was given to Dr. Chadwick in 1964, when he was 90 years old, in recognition of his contributions in the study and treatment of tuberculosis. 

Henry D. Chadwick was born in Bocowan, New Hampshire and grew up working on the family farm. From an early age, he was inspired by the family doctor to pursue a career in medicine. After completing grade school, he worked in pharmacies, apprenticed himself to physicians in Concord and Boston, and received private tutoring in order to prepare for the medical school entrance exams. Chadwick entered Harvard Medical School in 1891, becoming one of the last students to enter medical school without attending college, and graduated cum laude in 1895. Upon graduation, Dr. Chadwick began practicing medicine in Waltham. In 1898, Dr. Chadwick became a member of the Waltham Board of Health, and thus began his career in official public health administration. That same year, he was called into active military service as a contract surgeon in the Spanish-American War. Dr. Chadwick developed tuberculosis and spent 18 months recovering at the Trudeau Sanatorium in Saranac Lake, NY. After his recovery, he decided to retire from general practice and focus on administrative medicine in public health and particularly in the field of tuberculosis, beginning as the first superintendent of a sanatorium in Pittsford, VT. From 1909-1929, Dr. Chadwick supervised the construction of a state sanatorium in Westfield, Massachusetts and stayed on as superintendent. It was during his time in Westfield that Dr. Chadwick made some of his most important contributions in the field of juvenile tuberculosis. He established what became known as the Chadwick Clinics, a program that examined public school students for evidence of early tuberculosis from 1924-1934. Dr. Chadwick, along with Dr. Alton Pope, stressed the use of the tuberculin test, also known as the von Pirquet test, as the most practical method for detecting infection, with or without clinical symptoms of disease. Through the Chadwick Clinics, the tuberculin test would be administered, and children who had a positive reaction would be x-rayed. Children with an unusual x-ray result would have a physical examination for a final diagnosis, and nutrition workers would meet with parents to discuss the child’s needs for food, rest, and other health habits to ensure a complete recovery. Doctors would follow up with children with suspected and confirmed infection annually for follow-up examinations and x-rays. This 10-year study, which included over 400,000 Massachusetts school children, also helped establish the baseline of childhood tuberculosis infection that other studies could use as comparison. Dr. Chadwick had a long and illustrious career in public health. He served as the Comptroller of Tuberculosis in Detroit, State Commissioner of Public Health in Massachusetts, President of the Waltham Training School for Nurses for 15 years, the Board of the Channing Home for Tuberculosis, President of 3 Massachusetts-based tuberculosis associations (Hampden County, Newton, and Cambridge), President of 2 constituent state associations (Michigan, Massachusetts), President of the American Sanatorium Association (now known as the American Thoracic Society) and President of the National Tuberculosis Association. Academically, he was a lecturer at the University of Michigan, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard School of Public Health, and President Emeritus of the Massachusetts Tuberculosis and Health League. Sources:

2024 Chadwick Medal Recipient

The Massachusetts Thoracic Society is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2024 Henry D. Chadwick Medal, to be awarded at the 77th Annual Meeting on April 4, 2024.

Robert Brown, MD

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Clinician, Investigator, and Educator

Chadwick Medal Recipients


Harrison W. Farber, MD

Pulmonary Hypertension Specialist, Clinician and Investigator

B. Taylor Thompson, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Investigator, Educator, Specialist in Clinical Trials


Carla R. Lamb, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Research, Educator, Specialist in Interventional Pulmonology


Dennis J. Beer, MD

Intensivist, Pulmonary Diagnostician, Educator


Sue C. Etkind, RN, MS

Nurse, Public Health Professional, TB Control Expert


Raymond L.H. Murphy, Jr., MD

Clinician, Professor, Research in lung sounds, Co-founder International Lung Sounds Association 


John Bernardo, MD

Clinician, Researcher, Expert in TB management, including the homeless population

Edward A. Nardell, MD

Clinician, Teacher, Expert in TB control


Bartolome R. Celli, MD

Clinician, Teacher, Researcher, Physiologist, Pulmonary Rehab Specialist


Jeffrey M. Drazen, MD

Clinician, Scientist, teacher; asthma genetics; treatment, physiology


Hermes C. Grillo, MD

Thoracic surgeon; new procedures for tracheal resection and reconstruction surgery, teacher and clinician


Joseph D. Brain, Sc.D

Teacher, researcher in pulmonary physiology and lung cell biology


Denise J. Strieder, MD

Pediatric Pulmonary Clinician; Researcher & Teacher


Richard H. Overholt, MD

Thoracic Surgeon; Pioneer Crusader against cigarette smoking


Joan M. Tourigney, RN, RRT (posthumously)

Respiratory Therapist, Nurse Specialist


Harriet L. Hardy, MD

Occupational Disease Reseacher: berylliosis, "Black Lung"

James L. Whittenberger, MD

Physiology Professor: Mechanics, Air Pollution


Jeremiah Mead, MD


Physiology Researcher: Respiratory mechanics

Donald A. Martin, MD

Phthisiotherapist & Sanatorium Administrator


Edward Gaensler, MD


Thoracic Surgeon, Physiologist Researcher Interstitial Lung Disease, Asbestosis

Edward Welch, MD

Internist, Pulmonologist


Henry D. Chadwick, MD

Tuberculosis Specialist, Sanatorium Administrator, and Health Commissioner


Leonard Sicilian, MD

Pulmonary Clinician and Educator, ICU Director, Cystic Fibrosis Specialist


David J. Kanarek, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Researcher, Educator, Mentor


Jeffrey S. Berman, MD

Pulmonologist, Educator and Mentor


Dean R. Hess, PhD, RRT

Respiratory Therapist, Teacher, Mentor 


David Michael Center, MD

Clinician, Teacher, Research in Pulmonary Immunology 


Nicholas S. Hill, MD

Scientist, Teacher, Researcher - Pulmonary Vascular Biology, Clinical Pulmonary Hypertension, and Non-Invasive Mechanical Ventilation


John F. Beamis, Jr., MD

Interventional Pulmonologist, Clinician, Teacher


L. Jack Faling, MD

Clinician, Teacher, Administrator, Mentor and role model


Mary Ellen Wohl, MD

Pediatric Pulmonologist, physiology researcher in lung development, new therapies for cystic fibrosis, teacher and administrator


Dwight E. Harkin, MD

Cardiac & Thoracic Surgeon; TB Treatment, Anti-Smoking Activist


Homayoun Kazemi, MD

Physiology Reseacher: Control of Breathing Pulmonary Clinician & Teacher


Howard G. Turner, Jr., MD

Tuberculosis Specialist, Teacher

Henning Pontoppidan, MD

Anesthesiologist; Pioneer in Respiratory Therapy and Chest Physical Therapy


Mary Ellen Avery, MD

Pediatric Intensivist, Researcher, Teacher & Administrator


John H. Emerson, MD

Inventor: Iron Lung, O2 Tent, IPPB


John W. Strieder, MD

Thoracic Surgeon, Teacher


Paul DeFault, MD

Phthisiotherapeutist & Sanatorium Administrator


Helen M. Hollingsworth, MD

Pulmonary/Critical Care Clinician, Clinician Educator, Researcher, Editor


Christopher H. Fanta, MD

Pulmonologist, Professor, Asthma Specialist


David J. Sugarbaker, MD

Thoracic Surgeon, Mesothelioma Expert


Ronald C. Silvestri, MD

Clinician, teacher, role model for pulmonary trainees


Richard S. Irwin, MD

Clinician, Teacher, Researcher - Etiology and Management of Cough


Jeffrey J. Fredberg, PhD

Teacher, Researcher - Airway Biology/ Physiology, Asthma


Barry L. Fanburg, MD

Teacher, Researcher, Clinician; Sarcoidosis; Diagnosis and Therapy

Melvin W. First, Sc.D

Teacher, Researcher: Air Quality, Industrial Hygiene and Therapy


Frank E. Speizer, MD

Authority on the epidemiology of asthma and COPD: Researcher, Trainer


Jerome S. Brody, MD

Clinician-scientist in pulmonology; researcher in lung development and cell differentiation

Blake Cady, MD

Anti-smoking Activist; Researcher & Surgeon In oncology


Earle B. Weiss, MD

Administrator, Teacher; Scientist Clinical & Laboratory


Gustave A. Laurenzi, MD

Pulmonary Internist; Teacher & Raconteur


Mary K. Steinkrauss, RN (posthumously)

Massachusetts TB Program, Nurse Specialist

Lynne Reid, MD

Pathologist, Researcher: Bronchitis, Emphysema, and Pulmonary Hypertension


Gordon L. Snider, MD

Pulmonary Clinician, Teacher & Researcher: Respiratory Therapy, Emphysema


Harry Shwachman, MD

Pediatrics Professor, Cystic Fibrosis Pioneer


Theodore L. Badger, MD

Internist, Pulmonlogist, Tuberculosis Therapy, Teacher


Cleaveland Floyd, MD

Phthisiologist: Therapeutic Pneumothorax

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