David J. Prezant, MD Dr. David Prezant, Professor of Medicine, Director of the Pulmonary Medicine Course for second-year medical students at Einstein, and a pulmonary physician at Montefiore Medical Center, was selected to deliver the 2012 Presidential Citation Honor Lecture of the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP). This award is presented each year by the current ACCP President to one outstanding faculty member based upon his or her exceptional expertise in a given field.
Dr. Prezant is Chief Medical Officer for the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and the Special Advisor to the Fire Commissioner for Health Policy. He is FDNY’s Senior Pulmonary Consultant, Co-Director of FDNY’s World Trade Center Medical Programs, and the principal investigator for the NIOSH-funded FDNY World Trade Center Data Center. Since September 11, 2001, he has devoted his entire clinical and research efforts to the design and implementation of a medical monitoring and treatment program for FDNY firefighters and EMS rescue workers funded by FDNY and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health, and to improvement in EMS pre-hospital medical care. To date, he has published over 40 research papers on the health impact of WTC collapse on NYC firefighters and EMS workers. His ACCP and Foundation commitments include serving on the Executive Committee as a trustee of The CHEST Foundation and on its development, marketing, and nominating committees, and serving on several ACCP NetWorks.
The Presidential Citation Honor Lecture recipient delivers a lecture at CHEST (the American College of Chest Physicians' annual meeting). Dr. Present presented his lecture, "World Trade Center-Related Respiratory Diseases: How Science Has Informed Clinical and Public Health Decision Making", on Sunday, October 21.