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Stephanie D. Davis, MD
Stephanie D. Davis, MD
Professor and Chair of Pediatrics

Stephanie D. Davis, MD, Chair and Edward C. Curnen, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics has been selected by the American Thoracic Society (ATS) as the 2024 recipient of the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD Award.

Since 2000, the ATS Membership Committee has presented the Elizabeth A. Rich, MD award to an outstanding woman in ATS who has made significant contributions in the fields of pulmonary, critical care and sleep medicine. The recipient is also recognized as an enduring leader and exceptional mentor who has made significant contributions to the ATS and impacted the lives and careers of mentees.

Dr. Davis earned her BS at UNC-Chapel Hill and her MD at the Bowman Gray Medical School at Wake Forest University. Following her Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Pulmonology Fellowship at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children at the Indiana University Medical Center, Dr. Davis returned to UNC-Chapel Hill as faculty in Pediatric Pulmonology. Dr. Davis joined the faculty in the Department of Pediatrics at the James Whitcomb Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis as a Division Chief. In 2018 Dr. Davis returned to UNC -Chapel Hill and the UNC Children’s Hospital as a Distinguished Professor and the Chair of Pediatrics.

Dr. Davis’s research is focused on diseases that affect the lungs of infants and children such as cystic fibrosis, primary ciliary dyskinesia, and lung disease related to premature birth. Specifically, by gaining a firmer understanding of the early pathogenesis of these diseases, developing new ways of assessing or predicting developing disease, and testing new therapeutics in the youngest patients, Dr. Davis’s research group aims to slow or prevent disease progression at the earliest stages of development. Dr. Davis is a world-renown expert in pediatric pulmonology, with extensive expertise in infant and preschool lung function testing, who has been a member of many national and international consensus groups responsible for establishing guidelines for the diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment of infants and children with pediatric respiratory disease.

Dr. Davis will be recognized at the Women’s Forum during ATS 2024 this May. Congratulations!