Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD

The Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD recognizes innovation and continued progress in the prevention, treatment and cure for COPD.

The award was established at Respiratory Health Association by Kathleen Hart Solovy in memory of her husband, Jerold S. Solovy, a distinguished Chicago trial lawyer and former chairman of Jenner & Block. Jerry lived for many years with COPD, and both he and Kathleen recognized the health burden to those who live with COPD.

2019 Solovy Award Winner

Respiratory Health Association (RHA) is pleased to name Ravi Kalhan, MD, MS, Director of the Northwestern Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Program, as recipient of the 2019 Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD. Read the full announcement. 

Solovy Award Eligibility Criteria

Candidates are expected to have made significant research contributions impacting the field of COPD. The Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD will be awarded to an individual at any stage of his or her career for one or more research contributions in the area of COPD.

This award may recognize a lifetime contribution to basic, clinical/translational (including patient-oriented research) and social/behavioral studies.

The award may recognize either a body of research work accomplished over the career of the awardee or for specific research accomplishments during the year preceding the awardee’s nomination.

This award is not limited to scientific accomplishment or direct patient care.

Past Recipients

2018 Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD – Dr. MeiLan K. Han

2017 Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD – Dr. Jerry Krishnan

2016 Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD – Dr. Malcolm M. DeCamp


For more information about the Solovy Award for Advancement in COPD, contact Jennifer Kustwin, Senior Program Coordinator, via email at [email protected]