Past President (2006-2007) of the American College of Chest Physicians, leader, educator, mentor, and friend, Dr. Mark Rosen, Master FCCP, died on July 3, 2019. Dr. Rosen’s distinguished career in pulmonary and critical care medicine spanned more than 4 decades, marked by his deep commitments to medical education and patient care. His research and administrative accomplishments at New York City and Long Island hospitals were many, but clinical medicine and teaching were always at the top of his list. Mark’s unmistakable way of incorporating both clarity and humor into his roles of clinician, teacher, colleague, and friend provided us all with respect and adoration for this unforgettable individual.
Mark’s distinguished leadership involvement with CHEST began well before his term as President. Two years after completing his fellowships in pulmonary and critical care medicine, he became an FCCP in 1982, and his engagement with the American College of Chest Physicians began. During the 1990s and into the 2000s, Mark provided CHEST with his teaching expertise serving as faculty and director for the Pulmonary Board Review Courses. In 1998, he was Chair of the CHEST Annual Meeting, and from 1999 to 2005, he served on the ACCP-SEEK Editorial Boards for Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine. Mark served on the CHEST Board of Regents for many years, on the CHEST Foundation Board of Trustees, and as a Chair or member on numerous CHEST committees, some of which included Education, Nominations, Membership, Marketing, and Finance. He was the CHEST Governor for the City of New York and Chair of the Council of Governors. His leadership in all of these capacities was exemplary, as was his guidance as CHEST President from 2006 to 2007. Most recently, Mark served as CHEST Director of Global Education and Strategic Development (2011-2014) followed by CHEST Medical Director (2014-2016). Mark strived to uphold and strengthen the quality of the education that CHEST provided to all health-care professionals. His imprint on the educational and clinical foundations of CHEST, along with the many friendships he made along the way, will be remembered always.
CHEST extends heartfelt condolences to Mark’s wife of 37 years, Ilene, and the Rosen family and many friends and colleagues.