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Austin receives Robert B. Mellins, M.D. Outstanding Achievement Award
April 24, 2015

Eric Austin, MDEric Austin, M.D., M.S.C.I., assistant professor of Pediatrics and Director of the Vanderbilt Pediatric Pulmonary Hypertension Program has been honored by the American Thoracic Society Assembly on Pediatrics with the Robert B. Mellins, M.D. Outstanding Achievement Endowed Award for accomplishments in scholarship or research.

Dr. Austin aims to better understand why certain patients are susceptible to pulmonary arterial hypertension and others are not. To address this question, Dr. Austin has built a team of physician-scientists and biomedical informatics experts to apply cutting-edge genomic technologies and methods to advance understanding of the genetic pathways that contribute to the pathogenesis of PAH.

“Eric Austin is an outstanding young clinician-scientist whose contributions have already deeply impacted the field. He is truly destined to become a key future leader of pediatric pulmonary medicine for years to come,” says Steven H. Abman, M.D.

The award is given to a candidate at the instructor, assistant professor, or early associate professor level for contributions to child lung health. The award is named for ATS past president Robert B. Mellins, M.D., who was an early advocate for multi-disciplinary training and a pioneer in the field of pediatric pulmonology.

Dr. Austin continues Vanderbilt's winning tradition with the award. He follows 2014 awardee Lisa Young, associate professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Cell Biology, in the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine.

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