Dr. Wenzel Honored with 2018 LHAS Trailblazer Award
We had the honor and privilege of seeing our leader, Dr. Sally Wenzel, receive the 2018 Ladies Hospital Aid Society Trailblazer award. Along with the prestigious award, LHAS surprised her with a check for $20,000 to enhance her amazing research! What a wonderful way to celebrate Dr. Wenzel’s success. Check out LHAS’s full write up below:
Sally E. Wenzel, M.D., Chair, Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, at the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health; Director, University of Pittsburgh Asthma Institute; and UPMC Chair of Translational Airway Biology, is widely recognized for her studies of severe asthma, and asthma phenotypes. Her work has led the field in understanding the complexities of asthma and its treatment.
Asthma sparked her interest when she encountered many young people who suffered and even died from it. When she inquired about the details of asthma, no one had answers. Thus, she was pushed towards doing her own research.
Dr. Wenzel’s day-to-day work includes caring for her patients from across the country who come to her clinic with the most severe asthma. She also manages the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health. She is dedicated to understanding the different types of diseases associated with asthma. She explains that even on the worst of days, when that one patient says, “Dr. Wenzel, I feel so much better, you’ve changed my life,” that day becomes MUCH better.
Dr. Wenzel says that this award is a tremendous honor to her. “Being associated with the appealing title of ‘trailblazers’ speaks for itself. In the past 20 years, I believe I have blazed a few new trails with understanding and identifying the concept of severe asthma along with developing treatments for the individuals who suffer from it.