Dec. 7, 2001
Volume XXXIV, No. 48

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UTHSC chairman brings national recognition to respiratory care

Portrait of Dr. Shelledy SHELLEDY

After creating a respiratory care program billed as one of the best in the country, Dr. David C. Shelledy, chairman of the department of respiratory care, will once again turn the national spotlight on the School of Allied Health Sciences. The American Association of Respiratory Care (AARC) has elected Dr. Shelledy to serve as its next president. The AARC installed Dr. Shelledy as president-elect during its national convention Dec. 2. The event was held at the San Antonio Convention Center. Dr. Shelledy will take office as president in October 2002.

The AARC is the nation's largest respiratory care professional association. It represents respiratory therapists and other health professionals with the goals of advancing respiratory care education, fostering research and scientific inquiry, and enhancing patient care and health care access.

"As president, I hope to continue implementing strategic planning, which includes promoting research and promoting respiratory therapists as the best providers of respiratory care," Dr. Shelledy said. "This position provides national recognition to the Health Science Center, the School of Allied Health Sciences and the department of respiratory care."

In just over six years, Dr. Shelledy has created one of the top five respiratory care programs in the nation. The class of 2000 had a 100 percent first-time pass rate on the National Board for Respiratory Care's written and clinical simulation advanced practitioner exams. The department has had a 100 percent pass rate for four of the past five years.

"Dr. Shelledy is a man on a mission," said Dr. Marilyn Harrington, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. "He is dedicated to the profession, but most importantly he is driven by excellence in all he does. David has demonstrated the vision, integrity and knowledge of a true leader."


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