College of Health Professions dean chosen as member of CHEST Scientific Program Committee

| Contact: Megan Archer, College of Health Professions, 304-488-8863

Dr. Michael Prewitt of the Marshall University College of Health Professions has been as chosen as a member of the Scientific Program Committee for the American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).

Prewitt, dean of the college and a registered respiratory therapist, said he has been appointed to serve for a one-year term and could be eligible to serve as many as three additional one-year terms, for a total of four years.

"CHEST is a global leader in strengthening patient outcomes through innovative clinical research, chest medicine education and team-based care. I am honored to be chosen to serve on their Scientific Program Committee, which will allow me to represent the educational interests for members of our college and assist in the advancement of resources for CHEST’s 18,700 members from around the world," Prewitt said.

Dr. Mark J. Rosen, medical director of CHEST, said members of the committee are chosen based on recommendations received from other members.

"Dr. Prewitt was an ideal fit for this leadership position due to his extensive background in respiratory care," Rosen said. "We are pleased to welcome him to our Scientific Program Committee and we look forward to working with him in the future."

Prewitt will travel to Montreal, Canada this weekend to attend the 2015 annual meeting for CHEST. New members of the Scientific Program Committee will meet for the first time from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 28, in Montreal.  Currently, Prewitt serves as Chair of the Allied Health Steering Committee and as a member of the Council of Chairs for CHEST.

To learn more about the American College of Chest Physicians, visit www.chestnet.org online. For more information about Prewitt’s appointment to the Scientific Program Committee, contact him at prewittm@marshall.edu, call 304-696-2616 or visit www.marshall.edu/cohp online.