Roland Ingram Jr

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Roland Harrison Ingram Jr (born 1935 in Birmingham - died July 7, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia) was Chief of Internal Medicine at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and Director of Pulmonary Medicine for the Emory University Hospital System in Atlanta.

Ingram was born to Roland and Florence Emerson Ingram in Birmingham. He lettered in football and track & field at Ramsay High School and was president of the school's student body. He went on to study pre-medicine at the University of Alabama where he won several academic honors, including Phi Beta Kappa and the John E. Foster Award from the highest grade point average in his graduating class. He went on to medical school at Yale University where he continued to accumulate honors.

Ingram completed his fellowship at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and then spent two years working with the Atomic Bomb Casualty Commission in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. He pursued additional study in internal medicine at Yale and completed another fellowship in pulmonary diseases at Columbia before joining the faculty of the Emory University School of Medicine.

He attained the rank of full professor at Emory and took on the directorship of the Pulmonary Division before he was recruited back to Brigham Hospital to serve as their director of Pulmonary Critical Care. While in Boston he joined the faculty of the Harvard Medical School as the Parker B. Francis Professor of Medicine. He also taught physiology for Harvard's School of Public Health. At Brigham he and his fellow researchers contributed scientific knowledge in the pathophysiology of asthma and other airway diseases. He published 160 original scientific articles and authored chapters in several standard texts through numerous consecutive editions. He was an associate editor and authored several chapters in the American College of Physicians textbook of Internal Medicine.

Ingram served as president of the American Thoracic Society and received the Trudeau Medal from the ATS and American Lung Association for his contributions to clinical practice, teaching and research. Brigham established an Ingram Divisional Library in his honor in 1990.

In 1992 Ingram returned to Emory as Chief of Internal Medicine at Emory Crawford Long Hospital and Director of the Pulmonary Division for all Emory hospitals. He received two Golden Apple awards for excellence in teaching and was honored at his retirement with the establishment of the Ingram Honorary Lecture at Emory.

In retirement Ingram continued to teach as a volunteer for Emory and at Grady Memorial Hospital. He died in 2008 and was survived by his wife, Marguerite and daughter, Mary Elizabeth, as well as three siblings.

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