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Remembering Our Colleagues



In Memory of Those We Lost

With gratitude for their sacrifice, we remember our colleagues who passed during the difficult time of COVID-19. If you would like to add a memory to the Memorial, please contact If you'd like to make a memorial gift in honor of a colleague, click here


COVID-19 Reflections

At the end of 2020, the ATS issued a call for stories reflecting on member experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. Members responded with stories from all over the world. Read them here

March 29, 2020 is a day that I will remember forever. This was the day that COVID-19 impacted my family and I on a personal level. While I was familiar with the virus and the ramifications that it had on my community, it was only a professional familiarity until that day.

Roberto Swazo, MD


I waited 24, 48 hours in a nightmare of terror, until my phone registered the simple word “negative.” Thank you, God! Relief, tears, never ending deep long breaths ensue, then the chief sent a message – “patient is positive, but asymptomatic-lie low.”

Lexley M. Pinto Pereira, MD


The hardest moment for me was taking down contact information of the trainee’s family members to be prepared to contact them in the event that they needed to be informed of any undesirable news related regarding my trainee’s health.

Aliva De, MD


I did my best to maintain social distancing. A few days after, Howard and I talked about how distressed I was about the whole arrangement. He agreed that it was a very bad decision and admitted he wasn’t feeling well.

Joan Wolfenden, patient


Cold stethoscopes and gloved hands are a poor substitute for the reassuring human touch from loved ones.

Catherine N Myers, MD