American Thoracic Society


American Thoracic Society The American Thoracic Society was founded in 1905 by a group of physicians who wanted to improve patient care for individuals with tuberculosis, and create a group to share their experiences and discoveries. The Society has since expanded to advance the research, clinical care, and understanding of respiratory disease, critical illnesses, and sleep disorders.

Today, over 16,000 healthcare professionals are members of the Society, including physicians, research scientists, and nurses. These professionals specialize in a variety of medical fields, including pulmonology, critical care, sleep medicine, pediatrics, allergy/immunology, thoracic surgery, infectious disease, and behavioral science. To help professionals around the globe stay up-to-date, the society publishes its latest findings in these fields in its three peer-reviewed journals: the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), the American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (AJRCMB), and the Annals of the American Thoracic Society (AnnalsATS).

In addition to publishing scientific research, the Society offers educational activities for those in the healthcare industry as well as patient education information. Patients can download over 50 flyers on a wide range of medical conditions, including disease testing, causes, and treatment options.


  • Address: 25 Broadway, New York, NY 10004
  • Primary Emphasis: To improve health worldwide by advancing research, clinical care and public health in respiratory disease, critical illness and sleep disorders.
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