Study: Getting a smoker's lung is better than none

Norman Edelman
Washington, DC

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Norman Edelman, MD
Chief Medical Officer
American Lung Association
Dr. Norman Edelman is the Chief Medical Officer for the American Lung Association. Based in New York, Dr. Edelman can discuss all matters pertaining to lung health.
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Norman H. Edelman, M.D., is the American Lung Association’s leading medical authority. Having served as the Association’s Chief Medical Officer for 25 years, he is a highly sought-after expert on all matters pertaining to lung health and is a seasoned media veteran.

Dr. Edelman also provides patient care as a teaching clinic supervisor and is a Professor of Preventive Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Physiology and Biophysics at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. From 1996 – 2006, he served in a dual capacity as Vice President for Health Sciences and Dean of the School of Medicine at Stony Brook.

At Stony Brook, he supervised the change in leadership of several schools and numerous departments and developed the Cancer Institute of Long Island by gathering support from federal, state and philanthropic sources. During his administrative tenure, he focused on the development of interdisciplinary and interdepartmental programs such as a Masters in Public Health and several centers of excellence.

A graduate of Brooklyn College, Dr. Edelman received his medical degree from New York University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha honor medical society. He received postgraduate training at Bellevue Hospital in New York City and went on to become a Research Associate at the National Institutes of Health, National Heart Institute. He then served as a Visiting Fellow in Medicine and later as an Advanced Research Fellow of the American Heart Association, Cardiorespiratory Laboratory at Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, Presbyterian Hospital.

After three years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Edelman joined the teaching staff of the Robert Wood Johnson MedicalSchool (then Rutgers Medical School) in 1972. He served there as Chief of the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Associate Dean for Research, Chief of the Hospital Medical Service, Acting Chair and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine and Interim Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine. He served as Dean from 1987-1995 and supervised the establishment of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute, the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine and the NCI designated Cancer Institute of New Jersey during his tenure.

Dr. Edelman is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and has published extensively in the field of pulmonary diseases and control of breathing. In 1990, he was named a recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), culminating in 26 years of continuous funding from the NIH. He was also a member of the Congressional Commission on sleep research, which played a key role in the establishment of the National Center on Sleep Disorders Research at the NHLBI.

Dr. Edelman is a member of the Association of American Physicians, American Society for Clinical Investigation, American Physiological Society and American Thoracic Society. He is a fellow of the AmericanCollege of Physicians, the American College of Chest Physicians and the American Association for Advancement of Science. Dr. Edelman has served as a member of the Editorial Boards for the Journal of Applied Physiology, American Review of Respiratory Diseases, and Chest. He is presently a member of the New York State Council on Graduate Medical Education.

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Love Your Lungs. Your Life Depends on Them.
They’re essential to life, but every day they’re under attack by pollution, tobacco smoke and a barrage of infectious diseases, like the flu. Diseases of the lung are the third leading cause of death, in the US, yet progress combating lung disease lags behind the other top causes.
Recent Publications/Appearances


Jan 11, 2013 US News & World Report "Cancer Society Suggests CT Lung Screening for Heavy Smokers"

May 28, 2012 "Study: Getting a smoker's lung is better than none"

May 18, 2012 Huffington Post "Donna Summer's Death Highlights Lung Cancer Risk For Blacks"

May 15, 2012 "HealthDay Daily Newsfeed"

February 10, 2012 Fox "Do you need to worry about these health symptoms?"

February 7, 2012 TheTimes-Tribune. "You don't need to smoke to get lung cancer"

November 28, 2011 "Local hospitals offer a new way to detect lung cancer early"

October 26, 2011 Bloomberg "Screening for Lung Cancer With Chest X-Ray Doesn’t Cut Deaths, Study Finds"

September 26, 2011 Fox News "Feds Finalizing Ban on Over-the-Counter Asthma Inhalers Over Environmental Concerns"

August 16, 2011 TopNews New Zealand "Potential new treatment for “late” asthmatic response"

August 8, 2011 Medscape "Can Cigarette Alternatives Deliver a Safer Fix?"

March 16, 2011 MSN Health "Transplant Drug May Fight Rare Lung Disorder"

March 11, 2011 MSN Health "New Test for Emphysema on the Horizon"

March 1, 2011 CNN Health "New COPD drug approved"

Feb 24, 2011 The Huffington Post "10 Ways To Keep Air Clean At Home"

Jan 28, 2011 Medill Reports "'I was very confident in my ignorance:' Woman whose husband died from Radon-related cancer now works to inform others"

Jan 19, 2011 The New York Times "The Love Affair With the Fireplace Cools"

Jan 18, 2011 Canada Free Press "EPA's desperate new smog scare"

Dec 10, 2010 MSN Health "Breathing Trouble?"

Oct 25, 2010 Los Angeles Times "Discovery could lead to new asthma treatments"

Oct 14, 2010 AirForce Times "Health alert: Respiratory problems, neurological conditions and heart disease on rise since 2001"

Sept 28, 2010 USA Today "Swine flu no longer a major threat to USA"

Sept 1, 2010 NPR "Heat Waves are Bad for (Even The Healthiest) Lungs"

Aug 20, 2010 Time "How Secondhand Cigarette Smoke Changes Your Genes

July 9, 2010 "Decline in U.S. Teen Smoking Rate Stalls"


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