ERS Presidential Award 2017

Sally Wenzel

Presented to: Dr Sally Wenzel

The Presidential Award is presented by ERS to recognise an outstanding contribution to the strengthening of respiratory medicine worldwide.


Dr Sally Wenzel completed her MD degree at the University of Florida. Following her residency in internal medicine at Wake Forest University and her fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at Virginia Commonwealth University, she spent 19 years at National Jewish and the University of Colorado before moving to the University of Pittsburgh. She received the Elizabeth Rich Award for her role in promoting women in science, the ATS Award for Scientific Achievement and the ATS Foundation Breathing for Life Award. She is currently Director of the University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute at UPMC, holds the UPMC chair in Translational Airway Biology and is Subsection Chief of Allergy.

Dr Wenzel has served as Deputy Editor for the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine and is a frequent reviewer for the New England Journal of Medicine, the European Respiratory Journal and other publications.

Dr Wenzel has a passion for understanding and improving the treatment of asthma, in particular severe asthma. She has promoted severe asthma as a complex, even novel disease and her studies of asthma phenotypes have led the field in understanding these complexities. She worked closely with her colleagues in the European Respiratory Society to publish the first International Consensus Guidelines on Severe Asthma.

Dr Wenzel has developed a strong translational program to study the pathobiology of severe asthma and its phenotypes, modeling ex vivo findings in vitro, using primary human airway cells from patients and controls. Finally, she has trained nearly 100 pre and post-doctoral fellows, including those funded by the European Respiratory Society.

  • The Ceremony for the Presidential Award will take place during the Opening Session, which is scheduled on Saturday 9 September, 2017 from 17:45 in Room Gold (South).