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Neil Schachter, MD is considered one of the leading authorities on respiratory disease in the United States. Professor of Medicine and Community Medicine and Medical Director of the Respiratory Care Department of the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, Dr Schachter has served as president of the American Lung Association of the City of New York, the Connecticut Thoracic Society and the National Association of Medical Directors of Respiratory Care. Other credentials include:

      • Author of six books on pulmonary disease and contributions to 16 chapters in medical textbooks
      • Author of four hundred articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed journals
      • Holds triple board certifications in internal medicine, pulmonary medicine and critical care medicine
      • Holds the Maurice Hexter Chair of Pulmonary Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City
      • Awarded over 35 grants for clinical and basic research
      • Peer reviewer for some of the most prestigious medical journals, including "Annals of Internal Medicine," "New England Journal of Medicine" and "Chest," Dr Schachter earned a baccalaureate in mathematics from New York's Lycee Francais, a bachelor of arts from Columbia University and a degree in medicine from New York University.

After serving in the US Navy as lieutenant commander and chief of the Pulmonary Division at St Albans Naval Hospital, Dr Schachter trained in chest medicine at Yale University School of Medicine. Upon completing his training, he was appointed medical director of the Respiratory Care Department at Yale New Haven Hospital where he published landmark research on the role of vitamin C in treating asthma which is still cited today. Dr Schachter has been an outspoken advocate for environmental lung issues, occupational lung disease and tobacco control campaigns. His work with the Southern Poverty Law Center resulted in healthier factory standards and increased workers' compensation for men and women laboring in cotton textile mills throughout the South. His activism in New York State contributed to the passage of some of the toughest anti-smoking laws in the United States.

Dr Schachter has conducted dozens of national and local print, radio and television interviews on pulmonary topics that include air pollution, asthma, influenza, pneumonia, smoking dangers and allergies. He has appeared on "NBC Nightly News," the "Today Show," "CNN Headline News," as well as on ABC, NBC and CBS news programs. Dr Schachter has been heard on CBS and ABC radio and has been featured in "The New York Times," "New York Daily News," "New York Post," "More," "Fit," "Prevention," and "New York Magazine."

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