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Division Of Pulmonary and Critical Care Welcomes New Director

Lynn Schnapp, M.D.
Lynn Schnapp, M.D.

By Lindy Keane Carter

In December 2013, the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) welcomed Lynn Schnapp, M.D., as the new Director of the Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Allergy and Sleep Medicine in the Department of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Schnapp was a Professor of Medicine in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at the University of Washington and directed the lifelong learning program of the Education Core for the University of Washington’s Institute of Translational Health Sciences. She received her medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and completed her residency there as well. Dr. Schnapp continued her training with a Pulmonary and Critical Care Fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco, where she remained on the faculty for several years before moving to Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Dr. Schnapp is continuing her research at MUSC, where her laboratory studies why lung injury resolves under certain circumstances, such as adult respiratory distress syndrome, but progresses to end-stage fibrosis in others. In addition, she will continue to maintain a clinical presence through pulmonary consults and in the intensive care units.

Dr. Schnapp is excited about this opportunity to build upon the strengths of the division and take it to the next level of national recognition. “The division is a particularly strong clinical enterprise with a lot of expertise in clinical trials,” she says. “One of my goals is to add additional bench and translational research expertise and enhance our national profile.”

Another goal is to advance the careers of junior faculty members and fellows. “One of the reasons I decided to pursue a division chief position was that I felt I was at the point in my career where I was able to put the success of others ahead of my own success,” she says. To that end, Dr. Schnapp is establishing mentoring teams for each fellow and junior faculty member.

Dr. Schnapp will pay particular attention to the careers of the women in the division. Of its fifteen fellows, three are women. Of the 24 faculty members, eight are women. Dr. Schnapp is its first female professor. Among the national awards she has received, the American Thoracic Society’s Elizabeth A. Rich Award. This honor was particularly meaningful because it was created to recognize Dr. Rich’s contributions to lung disease research and her leadership and mentoring of women. Dr. Schnapp has also received the University of Washington Medicine Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women and Minorities.

Dr. Schnapp’s national reputation and her extensive experience in research and clinical medicine position her well to realize her aspirations for the division. She looks forward to learning more about the specific talents and interests of the faculty, fellows, and staff of the division, upon which she will capitalize to do just that.

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