Who we are

PATS is a respiratory society made up of healthcare professionals from across the continent and beyond. Formed in 2003, we now have over 1,000 members from 56 countries.  

PATS aims to promote lung health in Africa, the continent most afflicted by morbidity and death from respiratory diseases, by promoting education, research, advocacy, optimal care and the development of African capacity to address respiratory challenges in the continent. 

PATS is a registered Non-Profit Organisation (221-195-NPO).

We continuously partner with other regional and international respiratory organisations in global efforts to improve lung health.

PATS is overseen by an Executive Committee with members who are influential in the field of African thoracic medicine.


Professor Refiloe Masekela

Professor Refiloe Masekela

Vice President; PATS MECOR Co-Director

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Professor Heather Zar

Professor Heather Zar

Immediate Past President

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Doctor Hervé Lawin

Doctor Hervé Lawin

General Secretary

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Doctor Kevin Mortimer

Doctor Kevin Mortimer

PATS MECOR Deputy Director

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Doctor Obianuju Ozoh

Doctor Obianuju Ozoh

PATS MECOR Co-Director

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Doctor Anne Irungu

Doctor Anne Irungu

Executive member

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Doctor Ivan Schewitz

Doctor Ivan Schewitz

Executive member

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Bryan Pearson

Bryan Pearson

Co-opted member (Journal)

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