A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT

ALI MUSANI, MD, FCCP, FACP

Interventional Pulmonology (IP) has grown exponentially over the last two decades and is considered as an integral discipline of medicine and surgery such a thoracic oncology, thoracic surgery, and pulmonary and critical care medicine.

When I did IP fellowship in 2002, there were only five IP training programs in the country. Currently, there are more than 34 IP fellowship programs in the United States and Canada, and more are showing up annually. In the last decade, IP has grown tremendously on organizational and academic levels as a specialty. The American Association of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP) has been serving the advanced bronchoscopists and interventional pulmonologists of the United States for more than 25 years. The AABIP has achieved tremendous milestones in these two and a half decades including accreditation of IP fellowships, board certification, indexing of the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (JOBIP), annual postgraduate symposium, research seminars, and research grant award. The AABIP also offers numerous benefits to members and non-members such as access to research seminars, local chapters and their academic activities, webinars, newsletters, and educational apps.

As the leading organization and the primary representative of advanced bronchoscopists and interventional pulmonologists of the USA, we intend to grow our membership by expanding our programs of service and stress upon inclusivity. We will continue to grow our offerings to bronchoscopists, pleurologists, and thoracic proceduralists by adding new educational and training activities in the form of local preceptorship programs, national steering committees, and meetings. We will also continue to stay engaged with our members and non -members, who are involved in advanced bronchoscopy, IP, and pleural procedures to understand their needs. As an organization, the AABIP will stay nimble and united to meet the needs of bronchoscopists and pleurologists around the country.

We will continue to support our journal, the JOBIP, by providing the most qualified individuals to serve as the chief editor and associate editors as our current chief editor and the associate editors complete their tenure in December 2017. Most importantly, we will need our members to put their best work forward for publications in the JOBIP. Enhancing collaborations with our counterparts abroad and industries will be a continued effort in the coming years. Finally, we will continue to be the voice of our members by providing them a unified platform and dedicated leadership.

President of the AABIP

ALI MUSANI, MD, FCCP, FACP
University of Colorado

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