AMERICAN COLLEGE OF CHEST PHYSICIANS
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) is the world’s largest clinical cardiopulmonary and critical care medical society with 16,600 members in 100 countries.
Members include physicians, allied health professionals, and PhDs from the specialties of pulmonology, critical care medicine, thoracic surgery, cardiology, sleep, and other chest-related specialties. Founded in 1935, the ACCP works to promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research, and communication. To achieve this mission, the ACCP publishes CHEST, delivers clinically focused continuing medical education programs, participates in advocacy issues, and more.
About the ACCP:
ACCP Vision: The College is the leading resource for the improvement in cardiopulmonary health and critical care worldwide.
ACCP Mission: To promote the prevention and treatment of diseases of the chest through leadership, education, research, and communication.
Founded in 1935, the ACCP has always been in the forefront of cardiopulmonary medicine. In the early years, the ACCP began publishing CHEST to disseminate knowledge relating to chest diseases. Still published today, CHEST is considered the leading cardiopulmonary journal and is an essential resource to medical professionals wanting to stay updated in cardiopulmonary and critical care medicine.
In the early years, the main focus of the College was to treat and prevent tuberculosis. As the battle against tuberculosis was won, the ACCP broadened its focus to include the treatment and preventions of all diseases of the chest.
In 1996, the ACCP founded The CHEST Foundation, its philanthropic arm. The CHEST Foundation creates educational programs, supports research, and raises public awareness about diseases of the chest and prevention. By giving life to projects in local communities and across the world, The CHEST Foundation enables the ACCP to realize its vision of being the "leading resource for the improvement in cardiopulmonary health and critical care worldwide."
Presently the College maintains a close relationship with various government agencies that affect chest medicine, such as the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid, and the Food and Drug Administration.
Cardiovascular surgeons can apply to be a fellow of ACCP after completing at least 8 years of general surgery and cardiovascular and thoracic surgery residency training and practicing in the same institution for a minimum of 5 years. The surgeons are then recommended to American College of Chest Physicians by the State Governor and undergo a thorough review process prior to being nominated as a “Fellow” of ACCP.
Dr. Gurbuz has been a Fellow of American College of Chest Physicians since 2004 by the recommendation of Arizona Governor.