AUSTINTOWN -- Teresa Volsko, cystic fibrosis care manager at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine, and Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital Department of Pediatric Pulmonology in Cleveland, has been named a 2001 Fellow by the American Association for Respiratory Care.
The fellow, the highest honor given by AARC to its members, recognizes those who have met a standard excellence in the practice of respiratory care established by AARC. Also, fellows must have demonstrated national leadership, influence and achievement in the clinical practice, education or science of respiratory care, said Ray Masferrer, associate executive director of AARC.
Background: Volsko, of Austintown, has been active in the respiratory care profession since 1982. A 1979 graduate of Campbell Memorial High School, she graduated in 1981 from Youngstown State University with an associate's degree in respiratory therapy; received a bachelor of science degree in applied science from YSU in 1987; and is pursuing a master of science degree in epidemology and biostatistics at Case Western Reserve. From 1989 to 1996, she was coordinator of neonatal pediatric respiratory services at St. Elizabeth Health Center.
Volsko, nominated by her peers to be a fellow, has been principal investigator or co-investigator on five research grants, and has received numerous honors and research grants during her career. Also, she has published seven articles in peer-reviewed scientific journals and written and co-written several chapters in books about respiratory care.