Physician Elected President-Elect to International Society for Aerosols in Medicine
At the recent 20th Congress of the International Society of Aerosols in Medicine (ISAM), Rajiv Dhand, MD, Chair of Medicine and Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs for the UT Graduate School of Medicine, was elected to a two-year term as president from 2017-2019.
Dhand, a pulmonologist and critical care physician at UT Medical Center, currently serves as a board member to ISAM, and he will continue in that role until he takes over his new responsibilities in 2017. Dhand joined ISAM in 1995 and has been a board member for the past four years. The organization, founded in 1970 to further research in medicine including health effects of inhaled aerosols and pulmonary drug delivery, has over 300 members from countries all over the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.
During the congress, Dhand also released the ISAM Textbook of Aerosol Medicine. He is the editor-in-chief of the multi-author electronic textbook, which is a comprehensive resource for all aspects of aerosol therapy.
Dhand has special expertise in aerosolized therapies. Among many research achievements, he led the team of researchers who established the scientific basis for the use of metered-dose inhalers in mechanically-ventilated patients. He has served as principal investigator on numerous clinical trials over the past 20 years. He served as an invited member of the European Respiratory Society/International Society for Aerosols in Medicine Joint Task Force on New Inhalation Therapies. The report of this task force was published in the European Respiratory Journal. Dhand was the international physician Investigator coordinator for a multicenter, multinational asthma study conducted by AstraZeneca, Inc. He has published 11 book chapters and 60 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He has published 88 abstracts and over 50 reviews. He is on the editorial board of several journals, including the Journal of Aerosol Medicine and Pulmonary Drug Delivery, Respiratory Care, and International Journal of COPD. He has given over 100 national and international lectures and visiting professorships.