2016 Solovy Award Presented to Malcolm DeCamp

DeCamp Solovy Africk

Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD (L), pictured with Mrs. Kathleen Solovy and
Joel Africk, RHA President and CEO, as he receives
The Solovy Award for Advancement in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). 

On Thursday, June 23, 2016 at their annual summer reception, Respiratory Health Association (RHA) awarded the inaugural Solovy Award for Advancement in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

"It was very unexpected," said DeCamp. "It's great that we can use this endowment to make bigger strides towards research to help people breathe better, do more, and have a better quality of life."

Recognizing DeCamp's leadership in COPD treatment, RHA has provided him with a $10,000 research gift to be used for further advancements in fighting the disease. This award is made possible by the Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. Solovy Endowment for COPD, created this spring at RHA.

Jerold Solovy, former chair emeritus of the Jenner & Block law firm in Chicago, was one of the estimated 1 million individuals in Illinois living with COPD. Kathleen Hart Solovy established the fund in his memory, after experiencing firsthand the toll on individuals and their families from this chronic and debilitating disease. Through the endowment, RHA will make an annual award to an outstanding local COPD researcher.

"RHA is delighted to honor Dr. DeCamp for his work on behalf of COPD patients," shared Joel Africk, president and CEO of the organization. "COPD has claimed too many of our family members, friends and colleagues, and we need to do more for those who are affected by this disease. RHA is grateful to Kathleen Hart Solovy for her investment in COPD research."