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Professor Paul Corris is awarded prestigious medal


A recently retired Newcastle University and Newcastle Hospitals professor has been awarded the British Thoracic Society’s highest honour.

Prof Paul Corris, who is also a past president of the British Thoracic Society and the International Society of Heart and Lung Transplantation as well asthe Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI),was presented with the BTS Medal at a ceremony held this week. The medal is awarded annually to distinguished individuals who have greatly contributed to respiratory medicine in Britain.

Prof Corris has been at the forefront,globally,in the transition of lung transplantation from experimental procedure to routine therapy.

In a field so often dominated by surgeons, he has acted as a champion for the critical importance of the respiratory physician in the management of lung transplant candidates and recipients. Hehas published extensively, including being a co-author on all the major guidelines in the field and on many key clinical trials as well as original research lead from the UK.

He has played a fundamental role in the UK securing a National Pulmonary Hypertension Service,funded by NHS England,which is the envy of the world. Through his leadership the service works very collaboratively and produces high impact publications that are extensively cited in the field.

Professor Mark Woodhead, president of the British Thoracic Society, said: “The medal has been awarded to Professor Corris in recognition of his eminence in the field and his tireless work throughout his career, which has been a source of inspiration for many respiratory physicians in training.”

Stephanie Barwick, chief executive ofPVRI, added: “We are extremely proud that this year's BTS Medal has been presented to our very own Professor Paul Corris. It stands testament to his many achievements throughout his distinguished career as a leader in the clinical field, integral member of our organisation and valued friend.”

Prof Corris said: “I am of course delighted to receive this honour and humbled, when I see the list of outstanding previous recipients. These include three of my major mentors, to whom I would like to record grateful thanks.

“I also wish to acknowledge the continued love and support of my family, despite the many times I left home for work very early and returned very late.”

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