The Lung Association is proud to present the Life Membership Award to Dr. Brian Graham, the CEO of Saskatchewan Lung Association. The award for distinguished leadership and outstanding commitment to advance the mission of the Lung Association, is awarded to an individual who has made significant contributions to lung health in Canada.
“I am very humbled by this award and very flattered to have been selected as a recipient,” says Dr. Graham of his recognition.
“It has been a real privilege and a pleasure to have been involved with the Canadian Lung Association for over 30 years. Now that I have an honourary life membership, I will always have a continuing connection to this wonderful organization.”
Dr.Graham brought a wealth of knowledge to The Lung Association. His impressive resumé includes work in academic, professional and non-profit fields in Canada and abroad.
“Brian has contributed knowledge, expertise and support to the association for more than 30 years,” says Mary Basha, Chair of the National Awards Committee.
“He is a graceful leader and a valuable team member and truly deserves this award and our sincere thanks and appreciation for his decades of service. He is a prominent member on the Canadian and global stage alike and we are fortunate to have him on our team.”
Dr. Graham was a professor of medicine at University of Saskatchewan for 38 years; he was a founding member of the Canadian Thoracic Society Clinical Assembly on Pulmonary Function; he was the CLA Vice-President of International Development; he led a CLA-CIDA project to strengthen tuberculosis control in Ecuador; and is currently a co-chair of the joint American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society task force in charge of developing international standards for the measurement of diffusing capacity of the lung for carbon monoxide (DLCO).
Following his presentation on the aforementioned standards in London at the European Respiratory Society World Congress in September, Dr. Graham will retire at the end of the year.