Thomas Ferkol, M.D. is the Alexis Hartmann Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology at Washington University School of Medicine (St. Louis, Missouri, USA). An American Lung Association Edward Livingston Trudeau Scholar and recipient of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation LeRoy Matthew’s Physician-Scientist Award, his research has largely focused on the development of cell and animal models to study cystic fibrosis and primary ciliary dyskinesia, defining genetic and molecular factors that contribute to chronic airway infection, inflammation, and epithelial injury with over twenty-five years of funding from the National Institutes of Health. He has also received support from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, March of Dimes, and Australian National Health and Medical Research Council. Dr. Ferkol has served on numerous national and international review groups, and authored more than 170 original articles, scholarly reviews, and book chapters. Finally, he was President of the American Thoracic Society, only the second pediatrician to serve in this capacity in the 115-year history of the organization.