DeCamp Named Inaugural Solovy Award Recipient

Respiratory Health Association awards the inaugural Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD to Malcolm M. DeCamp, MD, chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on June 23, 2015.

Recognizing his leadership in COPD treatment, RHA provided Dr. DeCamp with a $10,000 research gift to be used for further advancements in fighting the disease.

“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.”

This award is made possible by the Kathleen Hart Solovy and Jerold S. Solovy Endowment for COPD, created in the spring of 2015 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.

“RHA is delighted to honor Dr. DeCamp for his work on behalf of COPD patients,” said Joel Africk, president and chief executive officer 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.”