Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP

University of Massachusetts and U Mass Memorial Medical Center, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Richard S. Irwin, MD, Master FCCP is a tenured Professor of Medicine, Professor of Nursing, and Chair of Critical Care Operations at the University of Massachusetts and U Mass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal CHEST. Dr. Irwin graduated from Tufts University and received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine. Dr. Irwin did his postgraduate medical residency training at the Tufts-New England Medical Center in Boston and his pulmonary fellowship training at Columbia-Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. Dr. Irwin has spent the greater part of his academic career at the University of Massachusetts Medical School where he had been the Chief of the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, and Critical Care Medicine for 28 years before retiring from this position on February 1, 2005 to assume his present positions.

Dr. Irwin has authored 169 peer-reviewed original articles, 282 textbook chapters, 33 editorials, and edited 48 books/monographs. His major research interests include the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of cough; health-related quality of life; difficult to control asthma; gastrointestinal-respiratory system interactions, and health care utilization in the intensive care unit.

As an active Fellow since 1979, Dr. Irwin has served the American College of Chest Physicians, the largest Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Society in the world, in many leadership roles including being its President from 2003-2004. Dr. Irwin has been the recipient of numerous teaching awards and honors including being selected to be consistently listed on an annual basis in the Best Doctors in America from 1998, America's Top Doctors from 2001, and America’s Top Physicians from 2006.