Michelle Harkins, MD, associate professor in UNM School of Medicine’s Department of Internal Medicine, has been named 2011 American Thoracic Society Outstanding Clinician. The award honors a pulmonary, critical care or sleep clinician who is “ recognized by patients and families as a caring and dedicated healthcare provider and by his/her peers as having made substantial contributions to the clinical care of patients with respiratory disease.”

“Dr. Harkins is an outstanding clinician and teacher. She is the consultant's consultant. Most importantly, she provides compassionate care and is a tireless advocate for her patients," said Pope Moseley, M.D., chair for the UNM School of Medicine Department of Medicine.

Dr. Harkins earned her medical degree at University of Texas Southwestern and served her residency in the University of Maryland Medical System. She specialized in Pulmonary and Critical Care during her fellowship at UNM School of Medicine and then she joined the Department of Internal Medicine faculty in 1999.

The American Thoracic Society is an international professional association with more than 15,000 members. Physicians honored with this award have been nominated by their local Thoracic Society Chapter, as well as recognized at the national level. Dr. Harkins will receive her award at a ceremony during the ATS International Conference in Denver in May 2011.

 


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