THOMAS L. PETTY, M.D.
December 24, 1932 – December 12, 2009
(Click here to download Dr. Petty’s Curriculum Vitae which includes the citations for his extensive books, articles, editorials, videos, etc. )
Thomas L. Petty, M.D., a Pulmonologist, was Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago, and Emeritus Professor of Medicine at National Jewish Medical & Research Center. He was previously head of the Division of Pulmonary Sciences at the University of Colorado and Director of the Fellowship Training Program from 1964-1989. He was Director of the HealthONE Center for Health Sciences Education from 1988 to 1998. He continued medical research in lung cancer, writing medical articles and books, and consultation practice from 1998 until his death in 2009.
Dr. Petty was organizer and founding President of the Association of Pulmonary Program Directors (APD) and has served as President of the American College of Chest Physicians. He was a former member of the Board of Governors of the American Board of Internal Medicine. Dr. Petty was the founding Chairman of the National Lung Health Education Program (NLHEP).
Dr. Petty received many honors and awards, too numerous to name here. The first such award came at his graduation from University of Colorado School of Medicine when he was given the Gold Headed Cane Award for Top Graduating Student. In 1986 Dr. Petty was given the University of Colorado Silver and Gold Award for Excellence. Dr. Petty received the Distinguished Service Award of the American Thoracic Society (1995), was elected to the Colorado Pulmonary Physicians Hall of Fame (1995), and received the Annual Award for Excellence by the American Association for Respiratory and Cardiovascular Rehabilitation (1995). He was elected to Master Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians (1995), the fifth such award given by the ACCP in its 63-year history. He also received the Master Award of the American College of Physicians in 1996. He was awarded Master fellowship in the American Association of Respiratory Care in 1999. He became Senior Fellow of the Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute in 2002. The American Association for Respiratory Care presented Dr. Petty with the Jimmy A. Young Award in 2003 and the Dr. Charles Hudson Award in 2004.
In October 2007, to honor Dr. Petty’s many accomplishments in the area of respiratory medicine, The CHEST Foundation of the American College of Chest Physicians established the Thomas L. Petty, MD, Master FCCP Endowment in Lung Research. This endowment fund will support, in perpetuity, research for lung diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and other activities related to the improvement in care for patients with COPD and other chronic lung diseases.
Dr. Petty was founder of a quarterly newsletter, Lung Cancer Frontiers, and was the Editor from its inception through 2007. This newsletter is now sponsored by National Jewish Medical and Research Center.
Dr. Petty was an international authority on respiratory disease. He published over 800 articles in journals, including the Journal of the American Medical Association, Chest, Annals of Internal Medicine, American Journal of Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, and American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine. He authored or was editor of 45 books or editions.
In addition to being a prolific writer, Dr. Petty was also an accomplished editor as demonstrated by the following prestigious editorial board memberships and/or appointments:
- CHEST (Editor Section on Respiratory Therapy)
- CHEST (Senior Editor)
- RESPIRATORY CARE (Associate Editor)
- HEART AND LUNG
- CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE
- THE WESTERN JOURNAL OF MEDICINE
- SEMINARS IN RESPIRATORY AND CRITICAL CARE MEDICINE (Co-Editor-in-Chief)
- MODERN MEDICINE
- ARCHIVES OF INTERNAL MEDICINE
- AMERICAN REVIEW OF RESPIRATORY DISEASES (Associate Editor)
- IM – INTERNAL MEDICINE
- RESPIRATORY MANAGEMENT (Chairman, Editorial Board)
- RT (Chairman, Editorial Board)
- CONTEMPORARY INTERNAL MEDICINE
- RESPIRATORY EXCHANGE (Chairman, Editorial Board)
- EMPHYSEMA/COPD: THE JOURNAL OF PATIENT CENTERED CARE (Honorary Chairman)
- POSTGRADUATE MEDICINE
- CURRENT OPINION IN PULMONARY MEDICINE
Of his many endeavors, the Thomas L. Petty Aspen Lung Conference, named after him in 1991, remained a major interest of his. One of Dr. Petty’s outstanding literary endeavors was the “History of the Aspen Lung Conference.” These beautiful books are still available for purchase from the above listed Aspen link.
In addition, the newly formed TLP Moving Mountains which gave him much satisfaction to see the Colorado COPD patients and therapists offering additional programs for COPD patients www.lunghealthco.org.