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Get to know incoming CHEST President John “Jack” D. Buckley, MD, MPH, FCCP


Starting January 1, 2024, current President-Elect John “Jack” D. Buckley, MD, MPH, FCCP, will become the new President of CHEST. Dr. Buckley is a pulmonologist and critical care physician with an extensive background in education, and he has served on the Board of Regents for the College for 8 years collectively.

Before Dr. Buckley steps into the role of President, he spoke with CHEST for a glimpse into what he is looking to bring to the organization.

What would you like to accomplish as President of CHEST?

I mentioned this in my address during the CHEST Annual Meeting in Honolulu, but the role of President is to guide the Board of Regents as we provide governance and direct the organization to fulfill our mission. With that in mind, my job is to advance CHEST by following our strategic plan, continuing the great work already being done, and preparing for what comes next.

As our world changes around us, we must not only adapt to the current environment but anticipate the future and take the lead by influencing the direction we believe to be important. This is the role of the Board of Regents, and we need input from CHEST’s members.

In 2023, with the guidance of an advisory board, and a tremendous amount of time and effort encompassing input from a wide range of CHEST members, leaders and staff, the organization defined its core values. The values – Community, Inclusivity, Innovation, Advocacy, and Integrity – are reflective of the CHEST organization and will guide decisions for years to come.

While looking forward, it’s also important to reflect on the past. CHEST started as an organization centered on preventing and treating tuberculosis. As progress was made, the entire pulmonary field evolved from tuberculosis experts and, from there, critical care emerged and continues to evolve. Now we’re seeing tremendous growth in the roles of advanced practice providers in our ICUs and, most recently, a resurgence of cardiology-critical care. We are excited to welcome these colleagues into CHEST as we move forward.

What do you consider to be CHEST’s greatest strength, and how will you build upon this during your presidency?

The strength of CHEST is in our community and our educational programs. Our emphasis is on delivering relevant information to our members in ways that are immediately clinically applicable – something I think we do better than anyone – to improve the care we’re able to provide to our patients. Through expanding our community and continuing to produce quality medical education, this will continue to be a focus for years to come.

What are some challenges facing CHEST, and how will you address them?

The challenges facing CHEST are the same challenges facing the whole of health care. Predominantly, providers and patients are both caught navigating complex health systems and insurance programs, costs of care, and access. The latter is particularly concerning for us as the burnout of health care providers has worsened, and people are leaving the clinical setting.

While there is no simple solution, CHEST has demonstrated commitments to making an impact through initiatives like First 5 Minutes®, which was created to address implicit bias, establish trust, and form a stronger connection between patients and their clinicians more quickly.

This will be a growing focus for CHEST, and it is reflected in the formal addition of social responsibility to our organizational pillars. The work being done in philanthropy and through our diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging efforts will continue to develop and are now a core element of the organization.

And finally, what do you ask of the members and Fellows of CHEST to support you during your presidency?

I cannot stress enough that every person reading this should join the conversation. Meant to represent the whole of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine clinicians, CHEST is stronger with every voice. Conveniently, an email address exists for this very purpose. The address is a direct way to communicate with me, and I very much encourage you to take me up on this.

Let me know what you would like to see change in 2024 or what you think we’re doing well. I’d also like to hear if there is something neat you’re doing for the field; beyond my personal interest, CHEST loves to celebrate the accomplishments of members.

I look forward to elevating your voice and am truly elated to serve as the next President of CHEST.

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